Norway’s big week on the continent

NEWS ANALYSIS: Top Norwegian officials have been busy on the European continent this week, and happy to be able to take part in a flurry of meetings at NATO in Brussels, the G20 in Bonn and the Munich Security Conference. At a time of uncertainty and even fear following the inauguration of US President Donald […]

Ministry admits to big frigate troubles

Norway’s fleet of five frigates has been swamped by troubles almost since the first one was delivered nearly 11 years ago. Now the Defense Ministry itself agrees with strong criticism from State Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss, and claims to be working hard to address the problems. Foss, a former government minister himself for the Conservative […]

New submarines ready in 2025

It will take at least eight years before Norway can take delivery of four new submarines from German producer ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The highly advanced subs have been described as the next-most-important part of Norway’s defense after its fighter jets. “The submarines have great significance for our ability to defend Norway’s maritime interests,” said Defense […]

Military intelligence unit the latest to warn about Russia

Norway’s millitary intelligence unit, known as E-tjenesten, became the latest state institution to warn that Russia can influence the outcome of national elections in September. Its leader, Gen Lt Morten Haga Lunde, called for new defense methods in Norway to ward off the threat that’s believed to be coming from the Kremlin. “Based on Russia’s capacity […]

The Alliance strikes back under Jens

NATO, the world’s largest defense alliance, is not “obsolete,” according to the former Norwegian prime minister leading it, Jens Stoltenberg. He’s had to be on the defensive himself this week, after more unexpected rumblings from the man moving into the White House on Friday, Donald Trump, but the unflappable Stoltenberg seems to be taking it all in stride. Stoltenberg […]

US Marines have landed in Norway

As expected, 300 members of the US Marine Corps landed at Værnes airport in Trondheim on Monday, part of a so-called Marine Rotation Force Europe. Their leader, Colonel Douglas Bruun, said it was “outstanding” to be in Norway and he thought the January weather was “perfect.” “The snow and cold weather is exactly what we’re […]

Russia reacts to any missile defense aid

Russia is not at all happy that the Norwegian government is studying how it can contribute to NATO’s controversial missile defense system. Newspaper Klassekampen reported Thursday that the Russian Embassy in Oslo has reacted “sharply” and says it will be forced to mount a military response. Klassekampen reported last weekend that Norway was on its way to becoming […]

MPs debate lessons from Afghanistan

The Norwegian government and Members of Parliament (MPs) finally took time in the New Year to study and debate Norway’s lengthy participation in the war in Afghanistan. Most agree, at least, on one conclusion from a critical report by experts last year: Norway proved itself to be a good and reliable ally of the US, which led the […]

No new medals for World War heroes

The Norwegian government was catching flak this week for once again refusing to award medals to many World War II veterans, especially resistance forces that were attached to the communist movement at the time. Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide could choose from more than 1,200 candidates submitted by experts and the public, but opted against giving any of them the country’s […]

Drones spied on military exercises

Unidentified drones plagued military exercises in Sweden this week and now some joint training operations between Norwegian and US forces have been marred as well. At least 10 drones are believed to have carried out surveillance of military exercises from Østerdalen in the south to Troms in the North. “We don’t know who’s behind this activity,” Lt Col […]