NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Turkey on Friday (11 October 2019) to discuss preparations for the NATO leaders’ meeting in London this December, marking NATO’s 70th anniversary. Mr. Stoltenberg met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. They discussed the Alliance’s continued adaptation and the security situation in the region.Continue Reading

AMMA (Additive Manufacturing for Military Applications) is an event organized by the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). AMMA 2019 is the third year for this event. The goal is to bring together professionals from the Armed Forces, governmental defence research and development, industry and academia regarding additive manufacturing (AM). AMMAContinue Reading

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper welcomed Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen to the Pentagon for talks on the U.S.-Norway partnership and the way forward for the NATO alliance. Bakke-Jensen and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited U.S. Marines and sailors in North Carolina and Virginia. Bakke-Jensen said he enjoyedContinue Reading

The UK and Norway reinforced their commitment to joint anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic at RAF Lossiemouth today. Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan hosted Norwegian State Secretary Tone Skogen to discuss NATO and the UK’s role in the North Atlantic. The UK is investing £3 billion in nine new BoeingContinue Reading

The lack of empirical evidence of cyber warfare between states makes deterrence theorizing nearly impossible Western states largely renounced the concepts of defense and deterrence after the end of the Cold War. Instead, Western powers focused on expeditionary warfare—military crisis management, counterterrorist operations, and counterinsurgency operations. Today Russia and ChinaContinue Reading

  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 (Denmark), Peter Hultqvist (Sweden), Jussi Niinistö (Finland) og utenriksminister GudlaugurContinue Reading

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 our Armed Forces, said Defence Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen. By JanContinue Reading

This document gives an overview of future acquisitions for the Norwegian Defence Sector in the period 2018 – 2025. You can download and read it here (in pdf): FAF 2018-2025 English – final.pdf The long term planning process outlines the continuous development of the Norwegian Defence Sector with respect to organisation, infrastructureContinue Reading

Part of the war games the U.S. and Norway are currently conducting ought to involve practice in the deployment of strategic narrative. In what may be the understatement of the decade, one Norwegian official said, “we have gradually seen more and more … strategic messages being sent [by Moscow].” ItContinue Reading