The Norwegian military is now “too small to defend Norway in a conflict until NATO reinforcements are in place”, claims Norwegian Armed Forces operational commander, Rune Jakobsen.
Local media reported here that Jakobsen said:
“If we are to have the ability to both contribute to NATO and to have a credible defense at home at the same time, we need another brigade.
We must renew the Army’s material and increase the fighting power and endurance. Now the Army is too small for the lowest task: to defend Norwegian territory until Allied reinforcements arrive.”
Norway’s military force in peacetime is around 23,250 personnel according to official figures. These figures include military and civilian staff.
Recently, the Norwegian security and defence portal Aldrimer.no reported that Russian units were recently found operating inside Norwegian territory. More specifically, Russian forces were discovered both on Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, and on mainland Norway.