Saturday, February 16, 2013

Military experts doubt Sweden's Ability to defend Itself

Military experts Said Sweden was probably Unable to defend Itself icts we own in the event of invasion year, in a report published Thursday, saying the armed forces, lacked Necessary resources.
"Can We Defend Ourselves For a Week?" The Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences Asked title of icts in the report.

Sweden is not a member of NATO and HAS policy of military non-alliance, though it participate in. Does the Alliance's Partnership for Peace program.

The report echoed comments made by Sweden's chief of the armed forces, Sverker Goeranson in the media in early January, When He Said the Scandinavian country Would only be ble to hold off year attack for "about a week" Following repeated cuts to the defense budget .

Goeranson has-been on sick leave for exhaustion since making his remarks.

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

"We think que les authorities should carry out a Rapidly study on the requirements and possibilities of Obtaining Such support so That Any potential crisis in the Baltic area can be resolved Quickly, Thereby Avoiding Any act of war from Being Undertaken," it said.

The Academy has highlighted Lack of personnel, logistic capacity to supply troops, anti-air defense, anti-tank weapons and aircraft. It singled out the Baltic Sea island of Gotland, Sweden and located Between southern Latvia, Particularly as strategic and vulnerable.

However, it said "the military's capacity for international operations is good, even excellent."

In Sweden's 2013 budget, the defense 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.

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