All posts by Janice Gundersen

AmCham Norway has signed a joint European industry statement on the EUCS 

We, the undersigned representatives of European digital business, welcome the progress made on the
European Cybersecurity Certification Scheme for Cloud Services (EUCS), support the direction of the latest
EUCS draft and call upon Member States and the European Commission to ensure a swift adoption of the
scheme, without undue delays.

Our associations represent both cloud customers and cloud vendors active in and contributing to the
European Digital Single Market. We represent European businesses, including SMEs and start-ups, which
require access to the widest range of top-tier digital technologies to deliver their services and products in the EU and internationally. Our members are dedicated to fostering a competitive, innovative, and resilient digital economy.

We believe that an inclusive and non-discriminatory EUCS that supports the free movement of cloud services in Europe will help our members prosper at home and abroad, contribute to Europe’s digital ambitions, and strengthen its resilience and security. The EUCS provides a harmonized framework for assessing and certifying the security of cloud services, ensuring that they meet strict EU cybersecurity standards. This will improve the overall security of our organizations and build trust in the cloud services we use. It will also simplify compliance with EU regulations, making it easier for companies to demonstrate they meet regulatory requirements when using cloud services, and eliminate the complexity caused by fragmentation for multinational companies operating across the EU.

Read full statement here.

Noreg kan satse på KI-forsking med ny nasjonal superdatamaskin

Regjeringa har lova å bruke minimum ein milliard kroner over fem år på norsk KI-forsking. No er arbeidet i gang med å ruste opp reknekrafta som trengst for å følge opp satsinga.

No er kontrakta signert. Noreg får ei ny superdatamaskin. Det var Hewlett Packard Enterprise Norge som i slutten av mai vann anbodskonkurransen, med ein kontraktsverdi på 225 millionar kroner. Den nye superdatamaskina er den kraftigaste i norsk historie og vil bidra til eit betydeleg løft for nasjonal forsking og innovasjon innan KI.

– Dette er eit stort steg vidare for Noreg som kunnskapsnasjon. For å henge med i KI-kappløpet, må vi vere mindre avhengige av utanlandske aktørar. Vi må syte for at vi har nok reknekraft sjølve. Det er avgjerande for å sikre norsk kunnskapsberedskap og nasjonal tryggleik, seier forskings- og høgare utdanningsminister Oddmund Hoel (Sp).


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U.S. military officials engage Norwegian construction industry as part of growing European Deterrence Initiative construction mission

OSLO, Norway – Engineering and construction professionals from throughout Norway and across Europe recently gathered here to learn more about military construction contracting opportunities with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District in support of regional security initiatives.

Europe District personnel provided nearly 100 members of industry details on how firms can register to compete for U.S. contracts as well as a broad overview of the roughly $200 million in design and construction work planned for the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s Rygge Air Station south of Oslo. The projects are funded through the U.S. European Command’s European Deterrence Initiative using U.S. Air Force military construction funds.

“The Ministry of Defense very much appreciates the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers taking the time and effort to arrange this industry day,” said Norwegian Ministry of Defence Department of Investments Senior Adviser Svein Gjeruldsen when addressing the members of industry at the event. “It confirms the U.S. intention to strive to utilize Norwegian suppliers to the greatest extent practical.”

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AmCham Defense Forum: Strengthening Alliances: Insights on the Norwegian Long-Term Defense Plan 

AmCham Defense Forum: Strengthening Alliances - Insights on the Norwegian Long-Term Defense Plan

In May, we had the pleasure of hosting Deputy Director General Marianne Rafn Skuse from the Norwegian Ministry of Defense and US Defense and Naval Attaché Todd Santala at Villa Otium, in collaboration with the US Commercial Service. 

Deputy Director General Rafn Skuse, who leads Defense Planning at the Department for Defense Policy and Long-term Planning, shared insights on the newly approved Long-term Defense Plan (LTP). She emphasized the importance of its broad political support in Parliament to ensure continuity and commitment in the years ahead, as the funds will not be fully implemented until 2036. She also highlighted the need to address critical weaknesses in the Norwegian military alongside investing in new capabilities. The main prerequisites for growth include greater endurance, improved living and working conditions for military personnel, increased personnel, and modernized ICT infrastructure. The main priorities for new capabilities are enhanced situational awareness, replacement of the surface fleet, increased capacity for the army and home guard, and strengthened air defense. 

In Partnership with

The Norwegian defense concept is based on cooperation between the military, allies, and civil-military partnerships. Industrial cooperation will help achieve the Norwegian armed forces’ goals by developing new technologies, facilitating research and innovation, creating faster and more flexible procurement processes, and improving competency. 

Defense Attaché Santala emphasized that the significant investments outlined in the LTP will strengthen Norway as a key ally to the US and NATO. He noted that these upgrades and new investments will enhance strategic capabilities in the Arctic region, aligning well with US military objectives and complimenting US capabilities. Norway’s strategic position in NATO has become even more important since Sweden and Finland joined, making Norway a transit country for personnel and equipment. The improvements from the LTP will not only bolster Norway’s national defense but also make it a more reliable partner for its allies. 

As the security environment evolves and technological advancements accelerate, industrial cooperation is becoming increasingly crucial. This extends beyond the defense industry to include sectors such as technology, health, and sustainability. 

About the AmCham Defense Forum

In partnership with the US Commercial Service, the Defense Forum supports US defense industry partners in Norway. Key Patron-level and defense industry representatives gather quarterly to forge enhanced public-private sector collaboration – sharing insights, developments, and trends to secure long-term transatlantic bonds.

Please contact amcham@amcham.no for interest in future meetings.

Northrop Grumman and Andøya Space to Collaborate on Supporting Norway’s Long Term Defense Plan

 

OSLO, Norway – May 28, 2024 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Andøya Space signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing their collaboration to support Norway’s Long Term Defense Plan. This includes developing advanced autonomous maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to meet Norway’s priorities. This partnership will catalyze innovation, stimulate economic growth and establish Andøya as a global leader in autonomous technology.

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KONGSBERG to deliver Joint Strike Missiles (JSM) to USAF

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (“KONGSBERG”) has signed an Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) with the United States Air Force (USAF) for the delivery of Joint Strike Missiles (JSM) for their F-35A aircraft. The contract has a not-to-exceed value of $141 million and deliveries will start in 2026.

We are very pleased that the US Air Force – as the world’s largest operator of the F-35A Lightning II – has decided to procure JSM. JSM combined with the extremely advanced F-35 aircraft creates a formidable strike capability and validates JSM as the internal strike capability for the F-35A.  

“The selection of JSMs by both the USAF and Royal Norwegian Air Force also fully supports NATO’s vision for interchangeability of equipment between allied nations” said Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

Read full press release here.

 

 

KSAT Inc selected by NOAA to investigate future ground station architectures

KSAT will analyze technologies and methodologies to enable a Network-Centric ground station model to support future NOAA programs. 


KSAT Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of the world leading ground station as a service provider, Kongsberg Satellite Services – KSAT, will conduct a study to evaluate the future of satellite ground networks for NOAAs demanding mission applications. During this study, KSAT will analyze how recent developments in phased array antennas, API’s, ground network virtualization, and data processing are enabling a network-centric approach to ground stations.

A network-centric approach emphasizes connectivity and interoperability among multiple ground stations to enable timely data delivery, resilient information flow, and cost optimization. What would it take for Ground Station services to resemble terrestrial cellular networks more closely? How do we leverage common interfaces to make ground networks more resilient and affordable? KSAT takes the lead in a NOAA study to answer these questions and others.

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Equinor to accelerate digital transformation with Seeq analytics, AI platform

(WO) – Seeq, a leader in industrial analytics, AI, and monitoring, and Equinor announced a multi-year commercial agreement for the Seeq Industrial Analytics and AI platform, to be leveraged across Equinor’s global assets to further accelerate digital transformation outcomes.

Equinor will implement Seeq’s platform to empower its engineering teams to optimize production and improve energy performance across a variety of assets. Initially, the company plans to leverage Seeq to monitor well and process behavior, thereby gaining a deeper understanding of daily operations to maximize production, enhance workforce collaboration and increase efficiency.

Seeq delivers a self-service, industrial analytics and AI platform that accesses and leverages vast amounts of historically underused data. By incorporating leading-edge technologies, including AI, machine learning and other capabilities, into its platform and leveraging its global partner network, Seeq powers a range of use cases for employees across the enterprise to accelerate digital transformation outcomes such as operational excellence and profitability, workforce upskilling, and sustainability.

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President Biden Announces Key Nominees

WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to serve as key leaders in his administration:

  • Mark Angelson, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Norway
  • Michael G. Heath, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Malawi


Mark Angelson, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Norway

Mark Angelson has had a distinguished career in law, in business, in education, and as a dedicated public servant. Service as a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board is just one of Angelson’s recent roles. Others include serving as Chair of the Institute of International Education, which administers the Fulbright Scholarships and other programs for the Departments of State and Defense; Chair of the Rutgers University Board of Governors; and Member, Council on Foreign Relations Membership Committee. Angelson is a former Deputy Mayor of Chicago. He is a prominent business leader who has served as Chairman and CEO of two Canadian public companies and CEO of RR Donnelley, at the time a Fortune 200 Company that did business the world over. His earlier, distinguished career as an international lawyer was capped by his role as a partner in the firm of Sidley & Austin, where he practiced in the Republic of Singapore; New York, New York; and London, England. His service in education also includes service as a Life Trustee of Northwestern University and Adjunct Professor of Mergers and Acquisitions at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Angelson earned B.A., J.D., and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degrees from Rutgers University.

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Proactive Security in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Proactive Security in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Together with the US Embassy, AmCham hosted a session on AI technologies and what they mean for the security of your business, institutions, and data. AmCham member representatives and members of our Tech Talent Network were welcomed with opening remarks from Chargé d’affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean, followed by an informative panel discussion together with representatives from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), and DNB.

AI – especially generative – has rapidly evolved from poor to excellent performance, but future threats remain unpredictable, necessitating proactive defense strategies for businesses and institutions. Balancing budgets between investing in new AI technologies and updating end-of-life systems is crucial to avoid falling behind. The high cost of hardware creates a divide between large, well-funded companies relative to their smaller counterparts. AI should be integrated as a collaborative platform rather than just a tool, with experts needed to discern the value of AI outputs due to AI’s language-based perceived intelligence. Thus, with AI’s power to convince, the need for competency in reading AI outputs will become increasingly important. 

Speaker

 Sharon Hudson-Dean

Misleading AI advice and misuse, such as swatting for amusement, pose significant risks. Great attention in the media on the good, bad, and ugly of AI has pushed the field into the policy-making spotlight and we are seeing an increasing amount of legislation being debated around the world. Regulatory frameworks are essential to guide AI use, balancing safety, public well-being, and business freedom. The public sector, despite needing AI the most, is likely to adopt it last, but there’s a growing cultural shift towards valuing security and public safety. Improved collaboration between public and private sectors will foster better regulation and policy development.

The main takeaway? Stay informed!

AmCham’s Tech Talent Network at Microsoft: Tech Geopolitics & AI Era Innovation

AmCham’s Tech Talent Network (TTN) gathered at Microsoft Norway’s offices, with Nordic Director of Government Affairs Kristine Beitland warmly welcoming participants and addressing the era of tech geopolitics. Beitland emphasized the need for knowledge sharing on fast-paced technological developments for robust regulatory frameworks, especially during periods of global instability

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