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Military asks government for more funds

Published fredag 27 april 2012 kl 20.43
Sweden's military commander in chief, Sverker Göransson (L), has asked the government and its new defence minister, Karin Enström, to consider increasing the budget in 2015. File images by Scanpix.

Sweden's defence needs more money, the military told the government on Friday. Some money can be made from savings in certain areas, and increased international cooperation, but the commander in chief, Sverker Göransson, says it will not be enough to cover costs.

The letter sent to the government today predicts that the military budget will need increasing in 2015 by at least US$300 millions.

By 2025, investments and upgrades of existing material will cost almost US$4 billion, the assessment reads. The letter lists mid-range air defence missiles, Hercules transport planes and a rescue operation system for submarines as examples.

Peter Hultqvist of the opposition Social Democrats, who is chairperson of the parliamentary committee on defence, welcomes the letter's honesty.

"We have long argued that the government painted a rosy picture of the state of military defence," he says.

"That has to end and we need to take this seriously," Hultqvist says.

The newly appointed defence minister, Karin Enström of the Moderate party, says the government will use the letter as one basis for a financial review "in the long-term."

"We also need to analyse and study this," she tells the news agency TT. "And additionally, we need to do a new global affairs review."

"The military is in the midst of structural reform and we need to return to the resource question at a later date," she says.

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