Sweden : NATO's silent partner?

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Authors
Keys, James E. Jr.
Subjects
Sweden
NATO
neutrality
non-alignment
doctrine
northern flank
policy
Advisors
Looney, Robert E.
Date of Issue
1984-12
Date
December 1984
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Language
en_US
Abstract
In 1949 Sweden elected not to join NATO and declared a security policy which remains in effect today: nonalignment in peace, neutrality in war. To conduct this policy, Sweden must have a credible deterrent. In this context, the defense doctrine is one of "total defense," in which all aspects of Swedish society (military, civilian, economic) are coordinated in a total effort to ensure the survival of the nation. But the doctrine may not be effective without the support of outside forces, and some Swedish military planners admit that they rely on NATO support within seven days of any outbreak of hostilities with the Warsaw Pact, making Sweden a "trip- wire" for NATO. This paper examines the Swedish defense doctrine in terms of military force structure, framed in the political debate of the past decade. It discusses the difficulties facing Sweden in regard to modernizing her armed forces, and suggests that Sweden is now, and will continue to be, a silent partner in NATO.
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Department
National Security Affairs (NSA)
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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