The Strategic Military Review is the Armed Forces' own recommendation to the politicians on how the organisation should evolve in the coming years.
The global security situation has changed rapidly in the last years, and new and advanced technology is becoming more and more available. This calls for changes in the Norwegian Armed Forces. In October 2014, Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide asked the Chief of Defence to present his review on what the Armed Forces should look like in the future. The Strategic Military Review will be handed over to the Minister on 1 October 2015.
Discussing a draft
After one year with more than 30 internal studies, a draft on the Strategic Military Review is being discussed within the organisation. The internal discussion is conducted in two phases: The first discussion is done on local level from 12 to 26 August. The centralised second discussion will be conducted from 2 to 16 September.
Chief of Defence, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen. Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold.
After each round of discussion, the Chief of Defence's Planning Staff will consider and evaluate the remarks and suggestions that come in from around the organisation.
Admiral: "There will be changes"
Haakon Bruun-Hanssen has earlier signalled that he will recommend several major changes to the Armed Forces' structure. The process with the Strategic Military Review has gained a lot of media attention in Norway the last couple of months. However, Chief of Defence will not comment on any speculations or rumours before his review is presented on 1 October.
"I will recommend a defence organisation that can face the threats and the security challenges as described in the assignment by the Government. But even with extensive rationalisation and reforms, my advice will still require a significant increase in the defence budget," the Admiral said.
From review to a new long-term plan
The Strategic Military Review is only a recommendation, but it will be an important contribution to the political discussion on the next long-term plan for the Norwegian Armed Forces.
The Government will present its proposal for a new long-term plan in the spring of 2016. Parliament will then discuss the proposal and adopt a new long-term plan before the summer. The new long-term plan for the Armed Forces will apply from 2017.