Sweden's military plans further cuts
Published: 23 Apr 2008 18:07 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Apr 2008 18:07 GMT+02:00
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Cost savings at military headquarters are also under consideration.
“[Headquarters] will now offer up their point of view on things that we haven’t taken into consideration, and the plan will likely be changed,” said Armed Forces Director General Marie Hafström during a press conference.
The cuts under consideration are designed to reduce the number of rotations by officials and to review where military competence can be replaced with civilians.
“We will be fewer, but better,” said Hafström.
She didn’t put an exact price tag on how much the military might save through the proposed cuts.
Headquarters will now work out the financial ramifications of the various proposals, but that work has not yet begun.
According to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, a total of ten military units may be eliminated or moved in order to slow down runaway defence costs and satisfy demands from the government to save money.
The final decision on which units will be shut down will be presented on September 15th.
Per-Ola Eriksson, a governour for Norrbotten County in the far north of Sweden, looked unfavourably on the potential closing of the F21 air wing in Luleå, calling such a move strategically unsustainable.
“I think its strategically unthinkable that Sweden’s northernmost air wing could end up being in Såtenäs,” he said to TT.
Såtenäs is located near Lidköping in southwestern Sweden on the southern shores of Lake Vänern.