Defending the Nordic neighbourhood

  A serious security crisis in the Nordic region would affect all the Nordic countries. That is why Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland are conducting more military exercises together. By Ministers of Defence: Frank Bakke-Jensen (Norway), Claus Hjort Frederiksen… Continue Reading →

Russia Does Not Have an A2/AD-strategy!

Russia Does Not Have an A2/AD-strategy! Nor does it have a Gerasimov doctrine  Russia’s “Anti-Access/Area Denial strategy” (A2/AD-strategy) has caught a lot of scholarly attention during the last few years (examples here, here, here, here and here). In addition, A2/AD… Continue Reading →

Book Review:  Introduction to Narrative Warfare – A Primer and Study Guide

Narrative Strategies (NS), a US based think/ do tank has recently released its latest publication on narrative and its critical role in influence. In fact, it specifically addresses the topic of Narrative Warfare, a term coined by Dr. Ajit Maan,… Continue Reading →

The Evolution of the Global SOF Enterprise from a Partner Perspective

  Introduction: Military leaders of all branches and departments confront foreign policy on behalf of their governments, developing capacities and resilience to win the current fight against an adversary that in many cases is unknown or has a complex leadership… Continue Reading →

Obsessed With War – How Western States Lost their Strategic Edge

This article (edited, shorter version) was first published by the National Interest on 8 September 2018 titled “Big War Is Back”  https://nationalinterest.org/feature/big-war-back-30802   The Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War came to an abrupt end almost 30 years ago…. Continue Reading →

Best friends: US Secretary of Defense visits Norwegian Minister of Defence today

US Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis visited Norway on Saturday July 14th. — The United States is our closest and most important ally, and it is an honor to welcome Secretary Mattis to Oslo, said Minister of Defence Frank… Continue Reading →

The Joint Strike Missile has proven advanced capabilities and has passed all the qualifying tests

An important milestone has now been achieved, with the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) passing the last of its planned tests in the missile qualification programme. The development phase of the JSM is now in its final stage and is scheduled… Continue Reading →

Have you read a good final communique lately?

NATO and its member states are preparing for the next summit, which will take place in July in Brussels. Numerous diplomats and military personnel within NATO structures and the member-states are working long hours on the content and choreography of… Continue Reading →

– The Joint Expeditionary Force represents a new contribution to European crisis management

Minister of defence, Norway,  Frank Bakke-Jensen was the keynote speaker at the IFS-conference on Joint Expeditionary Force in Oslo today. He opened the conference by welcoming the participating friends, included Generals and Admirals and said “…I hope you will use this… Continue Reading →

Europe Needs to Cure Its Military Malaise!

Western states have redefined their take on international security, defence and the very logic that underscores relations between states within the international system during the post-Cold War era. When the Berlin wall fell, and the Soviet Union disintegrated, the West… Continue Reading →

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