Merging Armies Across Borders

Sweden’s commander-in-chief has proposed merging elements of the Swedish military into that of other countries.

Speaking at the annual Security and Defence conference in northern Sweden Tuesday, supreme commander Håkan Syrén said money could be saved by sharing equipment and missions with other small countries. He mentioned international mine-clearing and peace-keeping operations as examples where merged forces could take advantage of different countries’ strengths.

The commander-in-chief admitted such thinking goes completely against the traditional approach to warfare, but he says in today’s era of cooperation it makes sense for different armies to be able to use each other’s equipment.

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