The purpose of the general restructuring of the Armed Forces that was undertaken in the 1990s was to adapt the structure of the Norwegian Armed Forces to changes in the framework conditions dictated by the national security policy and the economy. A central goal for the reorganisation was to reduce the Armed Forces’ operating expenses in order to generate more funding for necessary investments in equipment and materiel.
The audit demonstrated that the Norwegian Armed Forces have not achieved the intended amount of savings in operations, and that the management of the restructuring process was marked by a number of deficiencies. There was no overall plan for the execution of the reorganisation, and the organisational structure of Headquarters Defence Command Norway has not been adapted to fulfil the new requirements entailed by the restructuring process. The auditors also found serious deficiencies in some of the management systems, including the administrative planning in the military organisation of the Norwegian Armed Forces and the Norwegian Armed Forces’ monitoring and information system.
The Office of the Auditor General interprets the Ministry’s response to the audit as indicating that the Ministry fully acknowledges the need for improved management of the restructuring process and that the Norwegian Armed Forces has already started implementing organisational changes that will improve control and reporting in the Norwegian Armed Forces.