18:32 Apr. 12, 2016
Norway defence chief says army suffers from maintenance backlog, lack of spare parts and increased costs
Norway's state of readiness is too poor and the country is not sufficiently prepared for an attack. Those are the conclusions of the Norwegian Armed Forces' (Forsvaret) annual report for 2015.
According to broadcaster NRK, Chief of Defence Haakon Bruun-Hansen delivered a report to Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide on Monday morning that shows that the military carries out fewer exercises than before and is thus not sufficiently prepared for an attack.
"Nato exercises and an increased presence in the Arctic have been at the expense of practice and training. The increased activity has been financed by reprioritization and that has put the whole apparatus under pressure,"Bruun-Hansen said at a Monday press conference.