Research Articles

Competitive Strategies in the European High North



This article studies Russian military strategy, concepts and capabilities as we find them today and as we are projected to find them in 10 to 15 years and explores potential weaknesses in Russian military power. In this light, it scrutinises defence efforts made by NATO and its key allies and makes an assessment of military strategies and concepts to deter and, if needed, to deal with Russian action in the High North of Europe. The article applies a net assessment and competitive strategies approach, entailing study of Russian, Norwegian and NATO ends and concepts. Within this framework, the study discusses Norwegian response options, arguing that Russia’s layered defence in the European High North can be effectively deterred and defeated. This requires investment, firstly, in capabilities which both mitigate Norwegian and NATO weakness and offer the possibility of exploiting Russian weaknesses, and, secondly, in prudent and suitable strategies and operational concepts.


  • Year: 2022
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 1
  • Page/Article: 31–44
  • DOI: 10.31374/sjms.93
  • Submitted on 2 Nov 2020
  • Accepted on 16 Dec 2021
  • Published on 1 Mar 2022
  • Peer Reviewed