| Otto Tidemand |
(pilot, politician, deep state operative?)
|Born||Otto Grieg Tidemand|
18 June 1921
|Died||10 June 2006 (Age 84)|
|Member of||Bilderberg/Steering committee, Norwegian Shipowners' Association, Trilateral Commission|
Tidemand was the son of wholesaler Sverre Tidemand (1891–1966) and Else Grieg (1898–1974).
The young Otto Grieg Tidemand left the German-occupied Norway in 1941 and arrived in the UK, where he joined the Free Norwegian forces. He attended fighter pilot school 1941-1942. He participated in the air battles over France both before and after the invasion of Normandy and in the last battles over Germany in the spring of 1945. Tidemand remained a military aviator until 1946 and during mobilization exercises in 1949 and 1951, where he received jet pilot training, and achieved the grade of lieutenant.
From 1946 he worked as a shipbroker in Oslo. In 1950, Tidemand started as charterer in the ship brokerage firm Joachim Grieg & Co., where he later became co-owner. In 1960 he became shipowner in Stove Shipping and Christen Smith Shipping & Co.
In Per Borten's government, Tidemand was Norwegian Minister of Defense from 1965 to 1970, with Colonel Arne Gunnar Lund as his secretary of state. Tideman was given responsibility for the modernization and upgrading of the Norwegian defense forces in the NATO alliance. The US weapons aid program was being phased out, so Norway had to spend more of the budget on arms. In 1966, Tidemand received the first Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter fighter aircraft that Norway had purchased from the United States.
In the same year, he visited the United States and received a thorough introduction and bilateral defense and intelligence cooperation, at a time when the Norwegian Defense Department's intelligence received most of its operating resources, including 80% of its financing, from the United States.
CIA-counterintelligence chief Jim Angleton also set up a meeting with Tideman and Soviet defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, where he and Defense Chief Folke Hauger Johannessen were briefed on the Soviet spy threat to Norway. (Angleton presented the unreliable but pliable Golitsyn as a genuine truth witness to several European politicians, as a way to advance his paranoid cold war agenda.) ]] In the spring of 1967, Tidemand was back in the US, laying the groundwork for bilateral agreements under the long-term purchasing plan of the Armed Forces 1969–1973. For the first time, the repurchase principle was used, and the United States purchased Norwegian equipment, while the Norwegian Air Force's transport and anti-submarine capacity was drastically improved with six Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules and six Lockheed P-3 Orion delivered the same year, dovetailing with American wishes.
Tideman was a member of the Trilateral Commission.
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