• Sweden's news in English
 
Report confirms 'one-week defence' analysis

Report confirms 'one-week defence' analysis

Published: 15 Feb 2013 10:00 GMT+01:00

"Can We Defend Ourselves For a Week?" the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences (Kungliga Krigsvetenskapsakademin) asked in the title of its report, published this week.

The report echoed comments made by armed forces chief Göranson in the media in early January, when he said the country would only be able to hold off an attack for "about a week", following repeated cuts to the defence budget.

Göranson has since been on sick leave for exhaustion.

The Academy's study, conducted in 2011 and 2012, supported his analysis of the situation.

"We think the military does not have a credible ability to defend all of Sweden," the report authors noted.

"In the event of a possible attack against Sweden, we would always need help from abroad."

Göranson's comments in January, timed in advance of the annual defence conference People and Defence (Folk och Försvar) in the ski resort of Sälen, reignited the debate about Sweden's potential membership of Nato.

The report this week called for greater analysis of whether Sweden had the foreign backup needed in case of conflict.

"We think that the authorities should rapidly study the conditions and possibilities of obtaining such assistance," it read.

"So that any potential crisis in the Baltic region can quickly be resolved, thereby avoiding any act of war from being undertaken."

The Academy highlighted a lack of personnel, logistic capacity to supply troops, anti-air defence, anti-tank weapons and aircraft.

It further noted that the Swedish military's increased engagement on foreign missions had shifted the focus away from domestic defence.

The report singled out the Baltic Sea island of Gotland, located between southern Sweden and Latvia, as particularly strategic and vulnerable.

It said, however, that "the military's capacity for international operations is good, even excellent."

In Sweden's 2013 budget, the defence allowance accounts for only 1.2 percent of gross domestic product, a level that has been in continuous decline. In 2007, it was 1.5 percent.

AFP/The Local/at

Follow The Local on Twitter

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

10:56 February 15, 2013 by isenhand
- lack of personnel, logistic capacity to supply troops, anti-air defence, anti-tank weapons and aircraft.

Also problems with other equipment; most of the army has no combat vehicles, for example, and the use a lot off out dated equipment.

But there is also problems with the organisation of the army. I doubt if anyone who knows anything about military science can look at IO14 and think that's a good idea!
13:18 February 15, 2013 by Scott McCoy
Sweden,s army couldnt fend off a pack of mad girl scouts for a day,much less another army.
19:52 February 15, 2013 by Mark S.
The story leaves out one important piece of information: One week against who? Denmark? North Korea? Venezuela?

Ok, it's probably Russia. What is Sweden going to do against a country of >100 million people with thousands of nuclear weapons? The two possibilities are an alliance (like NATO) or a technological deterrence (like nuclear weapons).
20:06 February 15, 2013 by isenhand
- One week against who?

Doesn't say size of attack either.

I wouldn't just assume Russia, there are other possibilities. I would think in more general terms; say a mechanised division, with modern MBTs, IFVs and APCs, some social forces and air superiority should be enough to defeat the Swedish army in its current state.
15:05 February 16, 2013 by Grokh
if russia attacked sweden it wouldnt matter if sweden had 100X more army and equipment. so why bother.
18:23 February 16, 2013 by Komhem23
One of the option can be training asylum seekers and international students to make a hybrid marine force to putup a stiff resistance using Swedish forests for camouflage. I am sure if these guys are being trained they will develop their skills to support the Swedish cause. This reminds me second world war when UK used inhabitants from its colonies to fight Germans.
07:21 February 18, 2013 by Kalashnikov
Strongly agree with Komhem23.

Like the Heinlein's scifi novel , only thoese who served the country could get the civil right.
Today's headlines
Ikea packs up furniture sales in Russia

Ikea packs up furniture sales in Russia

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has called a temporary halt on sales of its kitchen furniture and appliances in Russia as it couldn't cope with the extra demand brought on by the fall in the Russian rouble. READ  

Dog killed after owner refuses to give phone
File photo: Bertil Ericsson/TT

Dog killed after owner refuses to give phone

Police in northern Sweden are on the hunt for three men who assaulted a dog owner and kicked the animal to death after he refused to hand over his mobile phone. READ  

Swedish PM hits out at mooted asylum changes
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven speaks to the press. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedish PM hits out at mooted asylum changes

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has criticised a proposal by the Christian Democrats party to reduce the costs of the asylum process and said the idea may boost the Sweden Democrats instead. READ  

Sweden to hire 1,000 to ease asylum flow
The inside of a Migration Board office near Stockholm. Photo: TT

Sweden to hire 1,000 to ease asylum flow

Sweden's Migration Board is set to hire 1,000 extra workers to deal with the influx of asylum seekers, an increased workload which has seen staff members working late nights and weekends. READ  

'Unprecedented' Russian activity: Armed Forces
Commanding Officer Göran Mårtensson. Photo: TT

'Unprecedented' Russian activity: Armed Forces

The Armed Forces have described the recent Russian military activity close to Sweden as "unprecedented", adding that the likes of which haven't been seen since the Cold War. READ  

Sweden joins 'The World' in Dubai project
The Heart of Europe project in Dubai. Photo: TT

Sweden joins 'The World' in Dubai project

Sweden is set to become an island in Dubai, complete with Viking longship-roofed villas, a floating restaurant and the chance to celebrate Midsummer with little risk of the customary rain spoiling the party. READ  

Swedish Honeymoon Killing
Dewani back in Britain after court acquittal
Shrien Dewani leaving Capetown, South Africa's airport on Tuesday. TT/AP Photo

Dewani back in Britain after court acquittal

British businessman Shrien Dewani arrived back home on Wednesday after being cleared by a South African court of murdering his Swedish bride during their honeymoon READ  

What's On in Sweden
What's On in Sweden: December 12th to 19th
Christmas markets in Stockholm's Old Town. Photo: TT

What's On in Sweden: December 12th to 19th

If you're stuck for a plan in Sweden this week you've come to the right place. Wrap up warm as the festive season gets into full swing across the country, as Umeå prepares to mark the end of its year as a European Capital of Culture. READ  

The Swedish town with the most 100-year-olds
The town has 22 people aged 100 or older. Photo: Shutterstock.

The Swedish town with the most 100-year-olds

Experts have been left scratching their heads as to why a town in southern Sweden has an unusually high number of centenarians - over 40 times more than the country's national average per capita. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Interview: The Local chats with Melinda Gates
Society
VIDEO: Stockholmers try out some Swedish tongue twisters
Society
Eight things to do when it gets dark in Umeå
National
Inside Sweden's first 'light therapy' school
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching: December 17th
Blog updates

17 December

An Exclusive Interview with Melinda Gates (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"This week Nobel peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi urged the world to “globalize compassion”, as he..." READ »

 

14 December

A lot to learn (Blogweiser) »

" I went to the new Starbucks at the swanky Stureplan intersection in central Stockholm. They have a lot..." READ »

 
 
 
Estelle through the years
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Society
Why are there so many 100-year-olds in one Swedish town?
Society
Is it time to better celebrate Sweden's diverse identity?
Gallery
Property of the week: Huddinge
National
Why has The Local got a new logo?
National
CATCH UP: Russian plane in Baltic near-miss drama
Lifestyle
How my compass drew me to Sweden
National
The man whose memory you need to remember
Gallery
People-watching: December 13th - 14th
Sponsored Article
How to get your own office anywhere in the world
Politics
'Our party will stand alone': Stefan Löfven
Society
The Local chats to Ruben Östlund, director of Golden Globe nominated Force Majeure
Lifestyle
Ten things to know before a Swedish party
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: December 12th to 19th
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The 2014 Nobel Banquet
National
The Local's guide to the Nobel Prizes 2014
Education
Introducing... Education in Stockholm
Society
The Swedish Christmas market with a twist
Lifestyle
Why do so many Swedes have tattoos?
Society
Get 20% off Swedish Christmas decorations
National
Dewani family: We only heard half the story
Business & Money
Business in Stockholm: 'efficiency is money'
Gallery
Property of the week: Östermalm
National
Meet the Swedes hosting festive feasts for 'lonely' guests
Gallery
TIMELINE: Swedish honeymoon killing murder trial
Gallery
People-watching: December 7th
Gallery
IN PICTURES: What's it like to fly planes in Sweden?
National
Submarine hunters 'robbed' of reward cash
National
The Local's Countdown to Christmas
National
'Dangerous' USB charger recalled in Sweden
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Sweden's King and Queen wrap up France tour
National
Analysis: Should Snowden get asylum in Sweden?
National
Swedish schoolboy in female saint role row
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Sweden's political crisis unfolds
Gallery
People-watching: December 3rd
National
What happened to Sweden's ice bucket cash?
Lifestyle
Top Swedish songs of the month
National
Why a child footballer has a huge legal bill
Lifestyle
Top ten Swedish Christmas presents
Sponsored Article
SIS: the thinking behind globalised learning
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Family life in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

797
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se
The Local Spain is hiring!
The Local is seeking a new editor for our site in Spain to join our growing team of internationally-minded, driven, ambitious and clued-up journalists.
Details and how to apply
Counselling and Psychotherapy in English
Sometimes living in another culture can cause stress, confusion and feelings of sadness and loneliness. Talking to a professional psychotherapist/counsellor might help you. I am a UKCP Reg. psychotherapist. My practice is in Södermalm, Stockholm.
Contact me to discuss your options