The primary role of the Intelligence and Security services is to evaluate, prevent and repel threats to Sweden and Swedish interests. They examine adversaries’ intentions, and how the outside world develops and changes.
Through advice, training and review, the services ensure that possible threats – in Sweden and internationally – are understood accurately, that norms and rules are followed, and that all other personnel maintain the appropriate levels of security.
The Intelligence Service
The Intelligence Service collects and processes information to then inform the relevant people. This information relates to areas such as global political developments, and external threats to Sweden and Swedish interests. With help of such information, the service seeks to predict what steps an adversary may take and prepare a military response accordingly. The service also uses open sources such as media outlets and websites to build a picture of global trends.
The Security Service
The Security Service exists to prepare and protect the Armed Forces from security threats. It works pre-emptively to assess security threats, and to shape and take security measures if necessary. The service follow-up and counters different types of threat; the most common threats being the work of foreign intelligence services, organised crime, subversion, sabotage and terrorism.
The unit that leads and is responsible for the Intelligence and Security services is the Military Intelligence and Security Service (MUST). Training of intelligence and security personnel is conducted, in part, at the Armed Forces' Intelligence and Security Centre.