The Supreme Commander envisions broad-based and excellent defence

On Tuesday morning, Supreme Commander Micael Bydén gave a talk at the Folk and Försvar (Society and Defence) digital conference, taking stock of the previous defence resolution period as well as presenting the new defence resolution and its impact on the future development of the Armed Forces.

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On Tuesday morning, Supreme Commander Micael Bydén spoke at the conference about the Armed Forces’ development in recent years, as well as the new defence resolution and its future impact on the Armed Forces. Photo: Swedish Armed Forces

"Thanks to the reinforced funding in recent years, we have become a stronger organisation. Recruitment to our officer programmes exceeds highly ambitious goals. The allocated means have produced enhanced military capability and directly accessible units. We stand even better prepared", Supreme Commander Micael Bydén says.

He concludes that the new defence resolution allows the Armed Forces to build defensive power, paving the way for a broad-based and excellent defence. Endurance is to be strengthened, as is the capability of coordinated battle against sea, air and ground targets. The Armed Forces’ contribution to security and stability will grow.

The Supreme Commander also stressed a number of factors for successful and credible development:

"We need to think differently. This requires challenging ourselves, our working methods and our regulations. We must move at a higher pace. We must keep at the forefront of developments and make use of new technology regarding unmanned systems, artificial intelligence and increased use of space for military ends, to mention a few. A broader approach to research and development is also necessary in order to ensure national liberty of action, long-term."

He also emphasised the importance of continuing to build an integrated total defence, suited for the society it is to serve.

"In our continued efforts, we need to cooperate with other government agencies and the industrial and economic sectors to identify vital societal functions, and build upon already existing collaboration practices."

Finally, the Supreme Commander indicated a decisive factor for success – stable and long-term recruitment of personnel.

"Our personnel, hired employees as well as volunteers, are the ones who develop our capability, use the technology and build the total defence."