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Norway F-35 arms manufacturer discounts foreign engineers. Norwegian Kongsberg Defence Systems picks Norwegian citizens-only for Joint Strike Missile production in the arms and profit-earning race, reports say. Not everyone can get security clearance either. “Engineers have to receive National Security Authority (NSM) clearance to be hired. Getting a foreigner cleared can soon take a year,” the group’s HR manager, Hans Petter Blokkum told business daily Dagens Næringsliv, Monday. Kongsberg Defence Systems, headquartered in eastern Norway’s Buskerud County, is part of Kongsberg Gruppen ASA.

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Norway F-35 arms manufacturer discounts foreign engineers

Published on Monday, 27th May, 2013 at 16:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 27th May 2013 at 20:15.

Norwegian Kongsberg Defence Systems picks Norwegian citizens-only for Joint Strike Missile production in the arms and profit-earning race, reports say. Not everyone can get security clearance either.

Joint Strike Missile
Joint Strike Missile
Photo: Kongsberg Defence Systems


“Engineers have to receive National Security Authority (NSM) clearance to be hired. Getting a foreigner cleared can soon take a year,” the group’s HR manager, Hans Petter Blokkum told business daily Dagens Næringsliv, Monday.

Kongsberg Defence Systems, headquartered in eastern Norway’s Buskerud County, is part of Kongsberg Gruppen ASA.

Amongst falling weapons exports due to US budget cuts and financial worries, the arm pressed for swift closure of a JSM deal some 17 months ago.

This was after Norway’s government sought Parliamentary approval for further investment for missile development. 

The then Minister of Defence Grete Faremo announced plans Norway would buy four F-35s – to which the JSM is tailored – for training purposes, defending the move at the time.

The first planes from troubled maker Lockheed Martin , who Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon visited on HRH’s US visit amongst criticism, are due for touchdown on Norwegian soil in 2017.

Officials say they then expect there will be annual deliveries of six planes the next seven years, with funding set at some USD 10.62 billion (NOK 62 billion at today’s kroner value).

Kongsberg Defence System’s Hans Petter Blokkum said he predicts a 2,500 missile sales potential for up to 30 years.

190 people have applied for the 40 positions so far. Mr Blokkum added “we’re hoping for 250.”

“There are four levels of national security classifications in Norway ”, National Security Agency advisor Mona Strøm Arnøy informed The Foreigner, “and a security clearance is required to access the three highest ones – Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret.” 

How long does this process take?

“The time-frame for receiving these varies according to level. Norway opened for the possibility for foreign nationals to get clearance in 2006. The most-time consuming part for foreign nationals is often the vetting process, as we must wait for up to six months until we receive the results from some foreign states,” said Mrs Strøm Arnøy.

And what are the necessary conditions to be eligible for this?

“We have to be able to check the history for persons undergoing a vetting process for the past 10 years. This requirement does not only apply to foreign nationals, but Norwegians as well,” she added.

According to Mrs Strøm Arnøy, the NSM is not only a security clearance authority in these matters, it also gathers vetting information that they then distribute to  45 different Ministries and public sector offices with authority to issue national security clearances.

“We also run checks on whether any penalties people have had imposed on them, which could include statutory fines, and their economic situation. We then consider whether these have any consequences regarding loyalty, trustworthiness and sound judgment, which are the key elements for holding a security clearance,” she concluded.



Published on Monday, 27th May, 2013 at 16:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 27th May 2013 at 20:15.

This post has the following tags: jointstrikemissile, jsm, f-35, lockheedmartin.





  
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