“Norway is facing a more serious threat and risk picture in a long time. We have to take greater responsibility for our own security, and we are meeting increased expectations from NATO,” says Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen.
The government is working on a new long-term plan for the defense sector, and has asked the defense chief for advice. Today, Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen received the Professional Military Council’s report from Chief of Defense Haakon Bruun-Hanssen.
“The security situation in Norway's surrounding areas is becoming increasingly serious. The defense must improve its responsiveness and increase in volume to meet the new reality. That is why I recommend a significant strengthening of the Armed Forces,” says Defense Chief Bruun-Hanssen.
“Since the government took office, we have strengthened the Armed Forces and increased activity. Now we fly more and sail more, but that also means we need more people. In the new long-term plan, we will continue our efforts to further develop the Armed Forces. By strengthening our own defense, we are also contributing to strengthening NATO's overall defense capability, says Defense Minister Bakke-Jensen.
The Government intends to present the new long-term plan for the Storting in the spring of 2020.
“We must have a defense that is capable of solving today's and future challenges, and we must have an efficient and sensible use of society's resources. I am also concerned that there will be broad political settlements behind a new long-term plan so that we ensure the Defense's predictability and stability, says Bakke-Jensen.
Encourages more people to make suggestions
Stakeholders, organizations and others can submit views at the Professional Military Council by November 1, 2019.
“Work on the long-term plan is an open process. I urge more people to come in with input and will be inviting dialogue meetings this fall, where there will be room to share views on the threats and challenges we are facing, says the Minister of Defense.