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Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 08:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

The 14-year-old had stepped on a landmine. His death -- tragically -- was not unique. More than 11,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the past quarter century.

Landmines are singularly dangerous because they can lay dormant for years, only to kill and maim innocent people without warning. In Colombia last year, 285 people, including 40 children, were killed by landmines, a toll surpassed only by Afghanistan. At current mine clearance rates, decades will pass before the country is mine free.
EU to Maintain Border Checks in Five Countries
[Norwaynews] [13.05.2016, 11:40am, Fri. GMT]
The European Union (EU) authorized today Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Denmark to maintain for another six months the border checks in order to curb the flow of migrants to their territories.

The European Commission considered that the extraordinary circumstances for limiting the Schengen Agreement of free movement in those countries still persist, because Greece, where are nearly 66.400 migrants, presents deficiencies in its border security.

The approval covers specific controls on the Austrian-Hungarian and Austrian-Slovenian borders, as well as on the German-Austrian and Danish-German borders, ports included.

Greece and Slovenia voted against this EU decision. Both countries are affected by this provision, and argued that the restriction of movement at the borders only exacerbates the migration-related problems in their territories.
Norwegian F-16 mistakenly machine-guns control tower with officers inside, military says
[Norwaynews] [24.04.2016, 08:14pm, Sun. GMT]
A Norwegian fighter jet on a training exercise has mistakenly machine-gunned a control tower with three officers inside, who survived unhurt, the military says.

Two F-16s were taking part in a mock attack on the uninhabited island of Tarva off Norway's west coast when one of them opened fire with its M61 Vulcan cannon, which is capable of firing up to 100 rounds a second.

A hail of bullets hit the tower in the incident, which happened on the night of April 12, but the officers inside were not injured.
Norwegian Defense Command Calls for Budget Increase
[Norwaynews] [14.04.2016, 05:45pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway’s national defense system is underfunded, short of manpower and lacks the required standard of effective readiness capability, according to the Norwegian Armed Forces’ (NAF) Annual Report for 2015. The NDF’s overall lack of manpower and resources means the current level of military readiness is insufficient to deal with a future large-scale attack against the country’s territorial sovereignty, the report concluded.
Nordic security changed 'dramatically' by Ukraine conflict
[Norwaynews] [31.03.2016, 09:56pm, Thu. GMT]
Nordic countries have agreed to tighten security co-operation, establish secure communication lines and exchange radar images. “After the annexation of Crimea, things have changed dramatically,” Norway's defence minister Ine Eriksen Soereide told EUobserver after meeting counterparts from Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland in Copenhagen on Thursday (31 March).
NASA images cloud streets over Norwegian Sea
[Norwaynews] [25.03.2016, 10:42pm, Fri. GMT]
Cloud streets -- also known as horizontal convective rolls or horizontal roll vortices -- are long, straight bands of cumulus clouds. From above, they look like someone took a comb to a thin layer of clouds. NASA's Aqua satellite recently spotted the phenomenon while passing above the Norwegian Sea. Aqua's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer camera, or MODIS, captured images of the clouds.
Norwegian pilot counters leaked F-35 dogfight report
[Norwaynews] [02.03.2016, 08:27pm, Wed. GMT]
A Norwegian fighter pilot has published a soft rebuttal to a damaging critique leaked last summer about the Lockheed Martin F-35A’s dogfighting prowess, contradicting many of the critical points made in the scathing review written by a Lockheed test pilot.
"Hunter Troop" - Norway's All-Female Special Operations Unit
[Norwaynews] [26.02.2016, 01:09pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway has established the Jegertroppen, or the “Hunter Troop,” the world’s first all-female special operations unit with the goal of improving the country’s effectiveness in international operations. “In Afghanistan, one of our big challenges was that we would enter houses and not be able to speak to the women” Capt. Ole Vidar Krogsaeter, an officer with the Norwegian Special Operations Forces, told Foreign Affairs. “In urban warfare, you have to be able to interact with women as well. Adding female soldiers was an operational need.”
Norway’s Police Directorate announced that the temporary order to bear weapons will not be renewed when it expires on February 3rd.
[Norwaynews] [02.02.2016, 07:46am, Tue. GMT]
Norwegian police forces will no longer carry weapons, as the Police Directorate announced that there are “no grounds to continue the temporary armament.” In November 2014, the Norwegian police decided to arm its police officers due to an increased risk of a terror attack.
Norwegian F-35 flies for first time under Norwegian command
[Norwaynews] [17.12.2015, 12:13pm, Thu. GMT]
Maj. Morten Hanche, a Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35 Lightning II student pilot training with the 62nd Fighter Squadron, flew the first Norwegian F-35 sortie here Dec. 14. Hanche has been training at Luke Air Force Base under the instruction of American pilots for the past several months in order to become Norway's first F-35 pilot and instructor, part of a wider effort to foster international cooperation of global F-35 fleet development, which include the air forces of partner nations Australia and Italy.
US asks Norway to step up fight against Islamic State
[Norwaynews] [09.12.2015, 03:56am, Wed. GMT]
The United States has made a formal request to Norway to contribute more militarily against the radical group Islamic States (IS) in addition to the military training the Nordic country is providing in Iraq currently, local media reported on Monday. The formal request from the United States was made on Dec. 3 and Norway's Defense Ministry is treating the request in the usual manner, newspaper Aftenposten reported on its website.
New U.S. Navy testing of Norwegian missile
[Norwaynews] [09.05.2016, 07:47am, Mon. GMT]
The U.S. Navy is issuing a contract to Kongsberg Defense of Norway for missiles and equipment for additional testing of its Naval Strike Missile.

The U.S. Navy plans to issue a contract to Norway's Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace for equipment and missile flight test support services.

The equipment and services are for an additional Foreign Comparative Testing Phase II demonstration of Kongsburg's Naval Strike Missile conducted from a U.S. Littoral Combat Ship.

Kongsberg will supply missiles and ship equipment -- including deck-mounted launchers and command systems -- and installation and integration services for the testing, which is expected to end by the final quarter of FY 2018.
Norwegian fighter jet helps save dying patient
[Norwaynews] [22.04.2016, 02:19pm, Fri. GMT]
Quick-thinking medical staff in Norway saved a patient’s life by calling in a fighter jet to whisk live-saving medical equipment from another hospital.

The dying patient urgently needed a special lung and heart procedure called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, but the hospital in the town of Bodø in central Norway had neither the equipment nor the skills to carry it out.

However, a hospital in Trondheim, about 280 miles (450km) south, did have a machine available, and staff contacted the air force on 4 April for help in transporting the equipment. The request reportedly came just as two F-16 fighter jets were preparing to take off from an airbase nearby.
Norway supports new learning opportunities at Georgia’s Defence Academy
[Norwaynews] [06.04.2016, 04:00pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway will support  Davit Agmashenebeli National Defence Academy of Georgia (NDAG) to develop Master’s programs for its students. The positive news came after a meeting yesterday between Georgia’s Minister of Defence Tinatin Khidasheli and the Commandant of Norway’s Defence University Admiral Louise Dedichen.
Poland, Norway Mull Joint Sub Procurement
[Norwaynews] [31.03.2016, 09:54pm, Thu. GMT]
The Polish Ministry of National Defence is planning to launch a joint procurement with Norway under which Poland’s Navy would acquire three new submarines, and the Norwegian Navy a further six subs, according to Brigade Gen. Adam Duda, the head of the ministry’s Armament Inspectorate. The announcement comes following the signing of a deal on joint naval training activities by the two countries.
Russia's Growing Threat to Norway and the North Atlantic
[Norwaynews] [25.03.2016, 10:40pm, Fri. GMT]
The U.S. Marine Corps continues to upgrade its prepositioning in Norwegian caves near NATO’s external border to Russia at a time when European countries worry about the security environment. Around 16,000 troops from 13 countries are wrapping up the biennial Cold Response exercise in Norway, which ran between Feb. 19 and March 22.
US moving military tanks and artillery into 'classified' Norwegian caves close to Russian border
[Norwaynews] [26.02.2016, 01:44pm, Fri. GMT]
The US is quietly stashing new military tanks and artillery in "classified caves" in Norway to ensure it has more equipment close at hand in the event of a confrontation with Russia. Caching of the equipment comes as tensions continue to mount between NATO and Russia.
Thales helicopter simulator receives Level D qualification in Norway
[Norwaynews] [02.02.2016, 07:48am, Tue. GMT]
The Thales Reality H Full Sight Simulator has received Level D qualification for the Norway Training Center. The simulator is equipped with a Hexaline all-electric motion system in addition to the ThalesView visual system, designed to simulate a variety of flight conditions for pilots in training.
Norway Security Agency To Liberal Sweden: Muslim Influx Will Bring Problems
[Norwaynews] [13.01.2016, 11:24am, Wed. GMT]
The head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) has traveled to Sweden and warned counterparts in the largely liberal, pro mass migration nation that Muslim immigrants are resistant to integration and can cause “problems” for the host nation. “A strong increase in immigration, particularly from Muslim countries, can cause other long-term challenges. When a large number of asylum seekers come to a local community, it can have unfortunate consequences,” PST head Marie Benedicte Bjørnland, said at a security conference in the Swedish ski resort town of Sälen on Monday.
Norway govt security report recommends 2nd fixed network
[Norwaynews] [09.12.2015, 03:58am, Wed. GMT]
A Norwegian government committee has recommended that the state look at developing alternative infrastructure to Telenor's fixed network, in order to ensure service continuity in the event of problems with the infrastructure. A report by the Vulnerability Committee commissioned by the government in 2014 found that while Telenor's network is well developed and operated, the country needs to protect against any disruptions to its service due to human error, routine failure, sabotage or terrorism.
Norwegian police disarmed again
[Norwaynews] [13.11.2015, 04:59pm, Fri. GMT]
The Norwegian Police Directorate believes there are no longer grounds for continuing the temporary arming of the police, which came after threats from ISIS. However, the Norwegian Police Federation totally disagrees with the decision.
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