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AmCham Defense Forum: A New Security Environment

AmCham Defense Forum: A New Security Environment

Rud Pedersen Public Affairs recently hosted AmCham’s first Defense Forum of the year, centered on the “Development of the Norwegian Armed Forces in a New Security Environment and Opportunities for Industry,” featuring esteemed speakers Kjetil Skogrand and Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Skogrand, Partner and Director of Defense & Security at Rud Pedersen, provided a comprehensive overview of Norway’s strategic landscape, emphasizing its critical position in a challenging neighborhood and the implications of its role as a significant energy supplier and coastal nation in potential conflicts. He underscored Norway’s increasing importance, particularly in light of Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership. Skogrand further discussed the Norwegian armed forces and the forthcoming long-term defense plan (LTP), noting the country’s track record of effectively implementing such plans.

Speakers

Ine Eriksen Søreide

Acquisition Pace & Standardization

Subsequently, Ine Eriksen Søreide, Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party and Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs & Defense, shared insights from her recent participation in the NATO exercise Nordic Response. Highlighting the evolving nature of Nordic cooperation, Søreide stressed the significance of the enhanced ability for information-sharing and mutual protection, especially in the face of Russia’s escalating activities in the Arctic region and overall military scale-up.

While not divulging sensitive details about the impending LTP, Søreide emphasized the imperative of streamlining acquisition processes to meet defense objectives. She indicated that reducing Norway-specific adjustments to military procurement and investing in readily available materials, akin to practices adopted by allied nations, could be one of the several measures needed in addressing existing deficiencies in the national force structure effectively.

In conclusion, the Defense Forum highlighted the critical strategic considerations facing Norway in the evolving security landscape, alongside opportunities for enhanced cooperation and streamlined defense procurement processes. Optimism abounded regarding forthcoming investments in the defense sector, promising improvements in both materials and personnel. However, the anticipated influx of funding poses challenges in absorption, necessitating careful planning for administration and staffing of new initiatives and solutions. As Norway prepares for these transformations, it underscores the necessity of adaptability and foresight in navigating the complexities of modern defense.

Kjetil Skogrand

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.

 

AmCham Defense Forum: Expert Perspectives & Nordic Mindsets

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.

 

 

AmCham Defense Forum – Kick Off

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. 

In Partnership with

Defense Forum Launch

Launched along with AmCham’s US Commercial Service partners, the Defense Forum kicked off at member law firm Simonsen Vogt Wiig (SVW) in February, 2023.  

MoD Department of Investment Director Odin Standal discussed the Norwegian Government’s view on future needs and material solution requirements. Mr Standal highlighted the importance of building relations with industry for mutual benefit and how industry should be able to prepare and position themselves for upcoming procurements. Further, he adressed the important aspects of the 2022-2029 Future Acquisitions Plan.  

Hosts and SVW Partners Espen Bakken and Tor Stokke provided expert insights on commercial conditions in associated public contracts, negotiations during competitions, how to manage tender risks, and issues related to unforeseen events. They also provided an overview of regulations the Norwegian Government is obliged to follow in its interactions with industry. 

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.