Norway’s Air Defenses on Full Alert

From his command post burrowed deep into a mountain of quartz and slate north of the Arctic Circle, the 54-year-old commander of Norway’s military headquarters watches time flowing backward, pushed into reverse by surging Russian military activity redolent of East-West sparring during the Cold War.

“I am what you could call a seasoned Cold Warrior,” the commander, Lt. Gen. Morten Haga Lunde, said, speaking in an underground complex built to withstand a nuclear blast. As a result, he added, he is not too alarmed by increased Russian military activity along NATO’s northern flank.

“It is more or less the same as when I started,” said Lunde, who began his career tracking Soviet warplanes as a Norwegian Air Force navigator in the early 1980s.

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