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Defense ministers of Sweden and Germany shake hands before the defense heads’ “Northern Group format” meeting at Villa Borsig on Lake Tegel

Sweden rebuilds its military force, maybe

Sweden’s defense budget is to grow by about one third in the next three years, as the country reverses its decades-long policies and aims to rebuild its once impressive territorial defense capabilities. The plan hardly surprises in today’s neo-Cold War context, but given the scope and nature of the challenges faced by Swedish defense planners and the high costs, the ambitious endeavor may still fizzle. 

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