The Norwegian Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) is responsible to the U.S. Ambassador and Commander, U.S. European Command, for the management of U.S. security cooperation and defence cooperation with Norway in the area of weapons programs and defense logistics. Although the Communists won 100,000 votes in the elections, party membership was less than 15,000 in 1949. With its relatively healthy economic and social conditions [page 1535] and its deeply entrenched loyalty to democratic paths, Norway provides meagre foundations for the growth of communism, and the election results have dealt a blow from which the party is still faltering. Shortly after the elections, and partly because of the associated communist losses, a long feud broke out between two rival leaders, which openly divided the party and placed communist influence in Norway at a new low point. The objective of our policy towards Norway is to seek continuous and effective cooperation between Norway and ourselves in building a strong, stable, prosperous and democratic Europe and an Atlantic community. Given that an essential condition of these constructive efforts is adequate security against the threat of Soviet expansion and the spread of communism, we strive to continuously develop Norway`s ability and willingness to participate effectively with us and with other Western European countries against these threats. Our policy therefore aims to maintain the existing friendly and cooperative relations between the United States and Norway; Norway`s economic recovery; to promote their participation in the development of a more effective economic and political association in Europe; and in strengthening The Norwegian defence under the NAT. These goals are based on the interests of our security and well-being and coincide with our natural affinity for a nation of similar democratic institutions and ideals.
Since joining the North Atlantic Pact, the Norwegian government has been constructively involved in the development of its defence organization and planning.