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 →

Protecting the Nation while maintaining the moral high ground

France, over the last decades, has experienced a long series of deadly and vicious terror attacks on their national territory. There is obviously a variation on the motives behind these attacks, but at least in the current situation, an overwhelming… Continue Reading →

IFS conference Wednesday 30 May, Oslo: Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF)

On Wednesday 30 May, representatives from Norway, Sweden, Finland and the UK will discuss the multinational contingency force JEF, following an introduction by the Norwegian Minister of Defence (MoD) Frank Bakke-Jensen. Date: Wednesday 30 May 2018 Time: 08.30–10.30 (coffee and registration from… Continue Reading →

Three new F-35 aircraft to Norway

On May 22, three new F-35 aircraft landed at Ørland Air Base in Norway. Six aircraft are now on Norwegian soil. – Our new F-35s are a major investment and the most important acquisition to strengthen the defence capabilities of… Continue Reading →

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