Armed Forces want Clear Guidelines

The Supreme Commander of Sweden’s armed forces is asking the government for clear guidelines on what the military should look like after 2006 before he presents his budget.

Håkan Syrén told the daily Svenska Dagbladet that he does not want to hastily make decisions about where to save the some US $85 million until he knows what direction the military should take.

Syrén was set to present his already delayed budget on Wednesday, but said he would not until the government presented a plan.

Sweden’s armed forces are facing major cutbacks and restructuring after the government decided that substantial savings had to be made.