Stoltenberg hires new chief of staff

Jens Stoltenberg, the former Norwegian prime minister who went on to become secretary general of NATO, has once again appointed a Norwegian as his new chief of staff. Stian Jenssen, age 39, is taking over after one of Stoltenberg’s former Labour Party colleagues who’d moved to Brussels and was ready to go home. Jenssen, who’s been […]

Norwegian troops arrive in Lithuania

UPDATED: More than 200 men and women in the Norwegian Army have arrived in Lithuania in recent weeks. They’re part of NATO’s “Enhanced Forward Presence” operation, which involves troop placement in NATO’s Baltic member states bordering on Russia. The operation, also called “eFP,” was formed in response to Russia’s highly contended annexation of Crimea and intervention in […]

Trump dropped new NATO bombshell

US President Donald J Trump, who’s been stirring up uncertainty among NATO allies including Norway since before he took office, reportedly created even more drama at last month’s brief NATO summit in Brussels. During dinner with his fellow government leaders, he reportedly suggested that European and Canadian defense spending should be boosted by another 50 percent. […]

Solberg echoes Merkel on NATO

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg was making headlines in her homeland this week after describing the mood at last week’s NATO summit in Brussels as “a bit unsure and expectant,” and remarking that “we can’t take each other’s support for granted.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said much the same after attending both the NATO summit […]

‘Norway is not prepared for terror’

Retired Norwegian general Robert Mood is openly defying recent claims by Justice Minister Per-Willy Amundsen that Norway “has never been better prepared” for a terrorist attack. Norway still suffers “major weaknesses” in its civilian security and preparedness, claims Mood, who thinks they’re linked to either system failure or “a serious failure to take responsibility” at the […]

‘Pleasing Trump is not most important’

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg was firm in her convictions this week that NATO members in Europe are already making a major contribution to the defense alliance’s strength and the fight against terrorism. She made it clear that pleasing US President Donald Trump shouldn’t be the most important motivation for NATO taking on its new […]

Military exercises underway in Arctic

Northern Europe’s largest air force exercises got underway in the Arctic on Monday, just as Norway’s Northern Brigade also kicked off a military drill in the area as well. The two are not connected and military officials have insisted that Russia should not view such exercises as a provocation. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend that the Russians, […]

Medals awarded to military heroes

A dozen current and former members of the Norwegian armed forces were awarded medals on Monday, when Norway celebrated its annual Liberation- and Veterans Day on the 8th of May. Among them was Lt Commander Ken Andersen of the Norwegian Navy, whose bravery in the midst of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan won him Norway’s highest recognition […]

Veterans hailed on Liberation Day

The sun was shining in Oslo on Monday as King Harald V, top government officials and military brass prepared to hail Norwegian veterans from World War II and through to more recent international operations. It was on May 8, 1945 that Norway finally was liberated from five years of occupation by Nazi Germany, so it’s also a […]

Defense minister defends herself

Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide has been forced into defense mode herself in recent weeks. Now she faces even more highly critical reports from the State Auditor General’s Office, this time over the sale of retired fighter jets, while her ministry also reportedly tried to get the state auditors to tone down their criticism of a […]