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It is absolutely necessary to inform about which ties ISW has, says Tormod Heier at the Staff School at the Norwegian Armed Forces College. Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

Of NTB | 15.04.2024 04:43:09

Policy: After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the American think tank has been widely used in the media. ISW publishes daily updates on the war in Ukraine.

In total, ISW has been quoted almost 3,000 times in the Norwegian media since the outbreak of the full-scale war in Ukraine. The think tank is financed, among other things, by the American arms industry, writes The class struggle.

Among the ISW contributors are Raytheon and General Dynamics, two of the world’s largest arms manufacturers. They have also been backed by Palantir, the company of Peter Thiel, a controversial right-wing activist in the US.

IN the statement of purpose establishes ISW that they are committed to improving the nation’s ability to conduct military operations and respond to new threats to achieve US strategic goals.

– It is absolutely necessary to inform about the ties ISW has, says Tormod Heier, professor of military strategy at the Norwegian Armed Forces College, to the newspaper.

– ISW has gained a very large place and plays an important role in the formation of opinion both on the political and professional military side, he says and emphasizes that the ties do not mean that analyzes from ISW are wrong.

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