The government will present the new, long-term plan for the defense sector on 17 June. – There is a large demand for reform, the defense minister Ine Eriksen Søreide emphasizes.
That the long-term plan will be in place before summer will make it so that the parliament, Stortinget, can treat it in good time before the adoption of the state budget for 2017. The new, long-term plan will surely be affected by the current security political situation, which is far more demanding compared to when the defense budget was presented in 2012.
The Defense has been through large and necessary changes in the last two centuries. At the same time, there is still a need for reform and change, given the challenging security political situation perspective and the demand to create a necessary balance between tasks, structure, and resources, the defense minister says in a press statement.
Eriksen Søreide is not quiet about the fact that this reform will require significant costs.
The government will present a plan that will strengthen the Norwegian Armed Forces through a combination of significant increased budgets, continued increased efficacy, and changes in the base structure and operative structure. This will contribute to a great share of the resources being used to run effective military operations, she says. Last year, chief of the defense, Haakon Bruun-Hanssen estimated that the Defense’s demands in the next four-year period would require a staggering 30 billion NOK.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today