It is Henrik Landerholm who has been appointed as the country’s first national security adviser. The national security adviser must deal with issues related to crisis management both civilian and military. He will sit on the cabinet committee, that is, close to the prime minister.
– We have to organize ourselves to make sure that we have the opportunity to see the threats, to interpret what is happening correctly. And make it clear to ourselves what we are going to do and create the basis for it, says Henrik Landerholm.
The new post is apolitical, he says. He has previously been a Member of Parliament for the Moderates and has close ties to Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson. The fact that he received the position without first announcing it has already raised criticism about possible friendship corruption.
Insurance from NATO
During the People & Defense conference that ended this week, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg but also ÖB Mikael Bydén warned of the risk of the war in Ukraine escalating into a major war between NATO and Russia.
– The risk alone, even if we were to judge it as small, is a big enough problem, says Henrik Landerholm. It is an advantage to undertake as extensive preparation as is ever possible.
The time between the NATO application and membership has been pointed out as a time of vulnerability for Sweden.
But on Sunday, NATO chief Stoltenberg said that “It is completely unthinkable that NATO would not act if Finland’s and Sweden’s security is threatened”.
Henrik Landerholm’s assessment is that Stoltenberg’s clear public statement means increased protection for Sweden.
– The statement from Stoltenberg is of course both politically and militarily anchored in NATO and a clear signal that our security is better than many assessors had imagined, he says.
A new National Security Council
There has previously been a security policy council. Now it is being further developed through the establishment of a national security council, to be led by the prime minister. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Ministers of Defence, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Finance and the party leaders of the governing parties must also sit in the council.
The goal is to provide a more comprehensive picture of the situation and to provide the Security Council and the government with data to be able to make good decisions faster.
According to Henrik Landerholm, around thirty people need to be recruited, in addition to the 45 who are in today’s crisis management office and the former security policy council.
Guest: Henrik Landerholmnational security adviser
Comment: Mats Erikssonpolitical reporter focusing on defense issues at Ekot
Host: Cecilia Strömberg Wallin
Producer: Margareta Svensson
Technician: Alma Segerholm
Source: ICELAND NEWS