Military Capabilities

Norway’s armed forces unable to meet defence needs

04 October 2019

Norway's armed forces lack the size needed to meet the country's defence needs, according to senior officers within the Norwegian Joint Headquarters.

"In the unlikely event of an attack against Norway the armed forces as a whole are too small and the army specifically lacks the numbers to defend until allies arrive," explained Colonel Eystein Kvarving, a spokesperson for Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen, head of the Norwegian Joint Headquarters.

Lt Gen Jakobsen recently contributed to a strategic review that Norway's Chief of Defence Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen was requested to deliver to the Norwegian defence minister on 8 October.

The high level of Russian activity in the country's waters and airspace sometimes exceeds the country's ability to monitor it without external assistance, Col Kvarving added.

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