A power struggle is going on where states both attack each other, spy and cooperate, says Commander-in-Chief Micael Bydén. “Sweden is attacked every day with means that harm our society now and in the long run”
The Swedish Armed Forces’ Commander-in-Chief Micael Bydén began the second day of the national conference People and Defense by saying that Sweden is in a “serious security situation”.
The situation on the border with Ukraine has put things at the forefront, he continued.
– The current situation means that we need to maneuver in a world where there is a power struggle, cooperation, espionage, cyber attacks and trade at the same time and in the same place and even between the same states.
Cyber attack on Sweden
A conventional military attack cannot be ruled out by Russia. But ÖB believes that Sweden is already under attack now when it comes to, among other things, cyber attacks.
– Sweden is attacked every day with means that harm our society now and in the long run. We are not in a military conflict on and about Sweden’s territory, but we are in a conflict over the values we want to remain and the interests we want to continue to be managed democratically.
– We should not get used to this situation. It must not be the new normal.
The “war”, as ÖB describes it, does not look completely different now than before, but new arenas have been added with new ways of destroying and destroying.
In 2022, the Armed Forces will focus even more on cyber defense and specialist officer aspirants will be able to have cyber defense as a focus in their training. At the same time, the ambition is for cyber defense to become a permanent part of the officers’ program.