Norway's commitments to NATO in danger

The problems facing the Norwegian Defence have become so great that Norway's commitments to NATO are threatened, according to a report to Parliament from the National Audit Office.

Aftenposten quotes from the report:

- Among other things the report points out that several defence units will not be able to be combat ready within the time limits given.

- It says the number of combat ready pilots has been reduced.

- 40 per cent of staff positions in the Norwegian Air Force joint command headquarter remain vacant.

- The budget for exercises has been reduced by 65 per cent.

The report also points out that the Medical Corps has a severe shortage of ambulance vessels as well as medical staff.