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Swedish government increases defense spending

Staff Writer |
The Swedish government has allocated $55.6 million in additional funding to increase its defense capabilities in 2017.

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According to the Ministry of Defense, about $45.04 million will fund increased preparedness of military units and strengthen anti-aircraft capabilities of forces on it's Gotland island.

Improvement of the military's cybersecurity capabilities and the purchase of spare parts and vehicles would also be covered.

A total of about $6.67 million was allocated in its amended defense budget to strengthen civilian defense in municipalities and counties, the ministry reported.

The remainder of the overall $55.6 million increase would go for county administrative boards for total defense planning, the National Defense Radio Establishment for stronger resilience to cyberattacks against public services and for cyberattack counter-measures by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.

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