AmCham Defense Forum: Expert Perspectives & Nordic Mindsets

First House warmly hosted AmCham’s June Defense Forum, providing representatives from 24 organizations a unique opportunity to share insights, expand collaboration, and assess future transatlantic needs. The agenda focused on supporting US defense industry partners operating in Norway, with discussions centered on Norway’s future acquisitions and Nordic defense cooperation.

Meeting presenters Sigbjørn Aanes, Partner at First House, Erling Heine Alvestad, Specialist Director at the Department of Security Policy, Norwegian Ministry of Defense, and LtCol Christopher D. Shore, Chief of Defense Cooperation Norway-Iceland, provided expert perspectives.

The discussion commenced by addressing the Norwegian political landscape, defense spending, recent political risks, the significant standing of labor, and impacts on defense procurements. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and ongoing geopolitical ramifications were also in focus.


Also spotlighted were the strategic depth and benefits that Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership offer Norway amidst a shifting security landscape. We thoroughly explored the future of Nordic defense collaboration, including identifying obstacles and broader implications. Additionally, we investigated defense links between the US and Norway, emphasizing considerations for industry collaboration.

The meeting concluded by recognizing the importance of adhering to good business practices in Norway, encompassing proper processes, adhering to timelines, and understanding cultural differences in the business environment – or “mindsets.”

About the AmCham Defense Forum

AmCham’s Defense Forum supports US defense industry partners in Norway. Patron-level representatives work jointly to bridge the gap between public and private sector stakeholders, fostering dialogue, collaboration, and innovation. AmCham’s far-reaching membership network strengthens defense capabilities and secures long term transatlantic bonds.

Jointly founded together with the US Commercial Service, the forum serves as a unique platform for regularly sharing insights, developments, and trends within the defense sector and beyond.