Tor Jørgen Melien is a Kommandørkaptein (ret.) (Commander SG) from the Norwegian Navy and has a Cand Philol (MA+) degree in history from the University of Oslo. He served in the Coast Artillery, including Oscarsborg Fortress during the Cold War. In addition, he served as Commander at Bolærne Fort and acting Commander at Rauøy Fort, all part of the events described in this book. Later he worked at The Defence Staff, at the Ministry of Defence, and at NATO SHAPE in Belgium. Melien has been Editor for the Norwegian Military Journal. Since 2008 he has been working as historian and Research Scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies.