FFI is the chief adviser on defence-related science and technology to the Ministry of Defence and the Norwegian Armed Forces. The Establishment focuses particularly on developments in science and military technology, which have an impact on political security and defence planning.
The demand for expert and flexible armed forces requires continuous renewal and Norway’s unflagging emphasize on defence technology keeps FFI busy. It is a true challenge to make significant contributions to the development of the Armed Forces – both in its principal national defence role as well as in its various roles as an effective participant in international security operations.
Relevant defence research now requires international cooperation. In order to maintain a position at the forefront of science and technology within chosen sectors, FFI collaborates with national and international scientific institutions and industry. The Establishment also has a close working relationship with its partners and customers.
Demand for FFI’s research increases as the nature of armed conflict evolves. New communications technologies in new areas of conflict and for new means of protection from biological and chemical weapons are just two of the fields where FFI is currently investing resources. The overall goal is to enable men and women in uniform to be more effective in the field and ensure safety on the job, as well as their safe return.
FFI addresses these challenges through a broad spectrum of research topics ranging from the assistance of operational units to the support of national security policy via defence planning and technology studies.
FFI is located at Kjeller, 2 km north of Lillestrøm and 25 km from Oslo, with easy access by train, bus or car. FFI also have a research unit in Horten.
The area around FFI is home to a variety of research institutes, technology centres, colleges, universities and some of the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation. Altogether they employ some 3,000 people.