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Sweden -- A Global Military Player?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The post-Cold War strategic landscape has allowed Sweden to openly declare its aspirations to be a strong regional military power and an active member of the European Union with strong support of the European Unions military capability development. In support of Swedens national security policy, the Swedish Armed Forces have begun a transformation into a professional expeditionary force with increased usability, interoperability, sustainability, and ability to conduct international operations. This paper evaluates Swedens ability to assume Framework Nation responsibility for a European Union Battlegroup in support of the European Unions foreign policy and Swedens national security strategy. The paper initially analyzes the national security implications of Swedens European Union membership and Swedish motives for participation in global operations. This is followed by an analysis of the Swedish Armed Forces capability to provide high readiness force packages for global operations. Finally, the political support and the public support for Swedens provision and deployment of high readiness force packages are examined.
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