How Norway's Allies View Its Defense Challenges and Opportunities

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Apr 16, 2020

Soldiers from the Norwegian Army prepare their tank during a military drill in Setermoen, Norway, October 30, 2019, photo by Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Soldiers from the Norwegian Army prepare their tank during a military drill in Setermoen, Norway, October 30, 2019

Photo by Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

This commentary originally appeared on Defense News on April 16, 2020.

As countries around the world grapple with the unfolding coronavirus pandemic, the wider business of government continues. Norway's Ministry of Defence will shortly publish its next Long Term Plan, which will then be debated by parliament.

The plan outlines how the Armed Forces, in tandem with other elements of government and society, can best address the threats to Norway from hostile states, terrorists, and fragile and failing states. The plan also examines how to bolster national resilience to deal with other risks including hybrid warfare, climate change and pandemics.…

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Stephen J. Flanagan is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. James Black is a senior analyst in the defense, security and infrastructure program at RAND Europe.