Norwegian Defense Chief In Classified Report: The Armed Forces Can Not Defend The Country
In a crisis or war, the Armed Forces will collapse in a short time, says Defense Chief Haakon Bruun-Hanssen.
It is evident from a report that the newspaper Klassekampen has gained access to.
The report, entitled "Defense Chief Performance and Control Report for 2016", is marked confidential, and includes the Chief of Defense's assessment by the end of last year.
According to the report, central parts of the Armed Forces are "poorly manned and of low perseverance" and will therefore collapse in a short time in case of a crisis or war, writes Klassekampen.
The preparedness of the Army, the Air Force, the Home Guard, the Cyber Defense, the Armed Forces and the Armed Forces logistics organization are considered to be "unsatisfactory."
The Armed Forces' operational ability is considered "less good", while the special forces (Telemark Battalion) is the only part of the defense that is graded "good", writes Klassekampen.
The Defense chief's press officer Sven Halvorsen says to Klassekampen that they do not want to comment on a classified report.
"In general, we can say that the Defense chief in recent years has been clear on addressing challenges related to the defense's responsiveness and stamina," Halvorsen says.
"The Armed Forces are now in the process of implementing measures that will improve the situation in the Armed Forces", he adds.