Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to submit to you just how bizarre the Swedish military is:
The government is reportedly opposed to a plan from the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) to reduce defense spending by 800 million kronor ($112 million).
The military wants its budget reduced by $112 million and the government is fighting it.
Buckle up, it gets weirder:
“As things now stand, the Swedish Armed Forces achieved a multi-billion kronor surplus last year.”
What government agency doesn’t spend all its allocated funding?
According to Ekot, one troop regiment will be axed along with at least one air force base with large cuts in the training budget.
Sweden is about to transition from a conscript based military to a volunteer system and has undergone significant cuts over recent years. In the wake of the Cold War there was some talk about parleying their reputation as peacekeepers into a significant role in international affairs through greater cooperation with NATO, the EU and other international organizations but they seem intent on whacking away at their defense budget without settling on a clear national security strategy.
Very strange indeed…