Swedish municipalities ordered to be ready for war

Swedish municipalities ordered to be ready for war
Swedish municipalities have been ordered to increase their war readiness, required by the MSB, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, which has sent a letter to the security chiefs in the country's municipalities, reports Di.

"This places high demands on ... operational tempo, decision making, information sharing, crisis communication, flexibility, robustness and managing secret information," it says in the letter, according to Sydsvenskan.

The background is a government decision from last year, stating that Sweden reintroduces a civil defense. Total defense planning from the Cold War is to be taken up again, and the purpose of the letter is to prepare the municipalities for a possible war.

"No one suggests that a war is likely, but we have a government mandate to plan for it," says Svante Werger, CIO at MSB, to Sydsvenskan.

Several security officers who spoke to the newspaper are critical. They think that the government's requirements for the municipalities are unrealistic, that it is unclear how to proceed and how everything should be financed.

But they better get to work on this, because MSB knows what's coming, with previews every weekend for everyone to see, even though they won't say it directly...yet.

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