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Military: More spending or change the mission

Published torsdag 28 februari 2013 kl 17.12
Photo: Scanpix

The Swedish military says that unless it gets more funding it wouldn’t even be able to defend part of the country for a week, the gloomy assessment of the country’s defences given recently by the Supreme Commander.

The even more pessimistic estimate comes in a report the military presented to the government Thursday. The conclusion is that another SEK 4 billion a year would be needed in the defence budget to pay for the weapons and personnel to carry out the mission mandated by the politicians.

But Defence Minister Karin Enström questions the accuracy of the report, telling Swedish Radio News it’s strange they can be so precise  in areas where there is great uncertainty.

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