The real reason for the new influx of military hardware into Norway is for NATO “defense” and war games. I just think the whole thing is ridiculous. Norway gives up its national sovereignty to the UN and NATO, providing no national defense of its own. A great example of the waste the military-industrial complex creates on the American dime. Some of the equipment there is over 30 years old. The decommissioned vehicles will surely go to domestic policy departments or rebel groups in oil rich countries.
“In the heart of Norway’s countryside, the U.S. military is bolstering its arsenal of weapons with tanks, gun trucks and other armored vehicles along with hundreds of containers of equipment.
The Marine Corps is overseeing the effort, which expands the existing Marine Corps Prepositioning Program. It stashes weapons, vehicle and armor in several locations across the world, including Norway, which first signed an agreement with the United States to do so in 1981, Marine officials said.
The equipment is kept in climate-controlled caves in central Norway, giving the Marines equipment that is closer than the East Coast to use in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Much of what stored in the caves was pulled out and sent to the Middle East ahead of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.”