Sweden, US Agree to Closer Defense Collaboration

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    Sweden, US Agree to Closer Defense Collaboration


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    WASHINGTON — Sweden and the US signed a statement of intent that promises closer defense collaboration between the two nations, at a time when the northern European nation is increasingly concerned about Russian activities.

    The statement is nonbinding and includes few specific deliverables inside. But in an exclusive interview with Defense News TV, Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said the language is nonetheless important for the ongoing defense relationship between Washington and Stockholm.

    Hultqvist was not shy in acknowledging that the driving force behind the statement is the ongoing security situation with Russia. That is borne out in the text of the statement, which Hultqvist signed Wednesday with US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

    “The security challenges are greater and more complex than in decades,” the introduction to the statement read. “Regional powers are testing their strength against neighbors, other States and international institutions, and our security is increasingly affected by threats from terrorism and extremist violence.”

    The statement includes seven main areas of focus:
    • Deepening the “dialogue and information sharing” between the two nations, with a focus on “improved understanding of the security environment in Northern Europe.”
    • Increasing military-to-military dialogue.
    • Increasing interoperability through training and exercises, while recognizing that “training and exercises sent a distinct political signal.”
    • Continuing to develop bilateral and multinational staff exercises.
    • Procuring capabilities for the current fight, focusing on “armament cooperation in air power and underwater warfare as well as related sensors, weapons and platforms.”
    • Developing capabilities for the future fight, again with a focus on air power and underwater warfare, as well as on cyber capabilities.
    • Increasing cooperation in ongoing multinational operations, such as through the UN and NATO.
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    Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work's Meetings With Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist

    Press Operations
    Release No: NR-207-16
    June 08, 2016

    Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:

    Today, Secretary Ash Carter and Deputy Secretary Bob Work welcomed Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist to the Pentagon, where they discussed emerging security challenges and signed a statement of intent, which cements the close relationship between the United States and Sweden and sets out a path for greater defense cooperation in the future.

    Carter emphasized the importance of this relationship, noting that today's statement of intent strengthens the bilateral relationship that adds to stability and unity in the Nordic region, and also sends a strong signal of deterrence to those who might seek to intimidate our partners and allies in Europe.

    Following the meeting with Carter, Hultqvist met separately with Work, and discussed enhancing defense cooperation, to include increasing deterrence of provocative Russian behavior and accelerating the counter-ISIL campaign. They also discussed the Third Offset Strategy and highlighted NATO partnership initiatives.

    Work emphasized today's meeting was an important opportunity for bilateral cooperation in areas of shared concern, as well as to exchange views on security challenges on Europe's northern, eastern and southern flanks.
    http://www.defense.gov/News/News-Re...sh-carter-and-deputy-secretary-of-defense-bob
     
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