A stronger defence

The military advice of the Chief of Defence 2019

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​Norway's security situation has changed over the last couple of years and is more demanding and unpredictable than before.

In light of these developments, the Chief of Defence presents his Military Advice on how the Norwegian Armed Forces need strengthening to face the new security challenges in preparation for the Government's
upcoming white paper for the defence sector.

The mandate from the Norwegian Government emphasises that the
vulnerability of Norway increases as the security situation deteriorates
and concludes that Norway must take a greater responsibility for its own security, combining it with an increased contributionto the overall deterrenceand defence capabilities of NATO.

The Government describes a requirement for more robust armed forces, with appropriateresponsiveness, adequate sustainability, increased situational understanding, increased robustness and a better ability to combine international operations with territorial defence.

The following is an English translation of the Chief of Defence's abridged
Military Advice, describing various alternatives for the future structure ofthe Norwegian Armed Forces based on different levels of ambition. The combined efforts of the services, supporting commands and the strategic leadership of the Norwegian Armed Forces, have been involved in the preparation of this Military Advice. A complete version of the Military Advice in Norwegian is available on forsvaret.no/fmr.

Published 18 October 2019 12:33.. Last updated 21 October 2019 08:57.