Tormod Heier is Professor of Military Strategy and Operations, Professor-II at Inland University of Applied Science, and Assistant Professor at Swedish Defence University in Stockholm. Heier has 32 years’ experience as officer in Norway’s Armed Forces, including 15 years as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army. As an officer, he served among other places in the Army's Brigade North, in Norway’s Intelligence Service, at the Norwegian Ministry of Defense, and in Mazar-e-Sharif, North-Afghanistan.
Heier have one doctorate and two master’s degree in political science and War Studies respectively from the University of Oslo and King's College, London. He has published numerous books on Norwegian, allied and Russian operations in the High North, in Afghanistan, Libya and Ukraine. He has also published books on social science methods, and strategic competence management. Heier regularly holds lectures for universities and grass-root organizations, including the Chiefs Course at the Norwegian Defense Academy.
Heier is a regularly used expert member for Norway’s Scandinavian sister organizations on Quality Assurance in Higher Education (NOKUT). He is a member of Nei til Atomvåpen’s academic council committee, and was a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford in 2017. Heier was awarded the Ossietzky prize by Norwegian PEN for outstanding efforts in freedom of expression in the same year. In 2023, he received the Army's Medal of Merit for conveying knowledge about the Ukraine war.
His latest book is Tormod Heier (ed.) Krigen i Ukraina [The Ukraine War] (Fagbokforlaget, 2023).