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How Can Sweden Organize and Maintain a Rapid Reaction Force as a Member of NATO?
Strategy research rept.,
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In Sweden, there has been a discussion about future Swedish defense policy since the Cold War ended and Sweden joined the European Union EU. Many voices have been heard saying Sweden should join NATO, especially after NATO has changed its policy to take a more active part in peace support operations, such as in Bosnia. This essay and its discussion make the controversial assumption that Sweden will become a member of NATO and, as a consequence of this assumption, that Sweden will need to organize a rapid reaction land force. The essay will analyze possible alternative solutions when organizing and maintaining a Swedish rapid reaction force. It will first, briefly describe the NATO organization and the new military orientation of NATO. Secondly, a short summary will follow of how Denmark, Germany and Norway have organized their new respective rapid reaction forces. Finally, possible Swedish alternatives will be discussed and a suggested solution will be described.
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