Sweden's armed forces ill-prepared for CBRN attack

Swedish defense experts fear the Nordic nation's military remains unprepared for an attack using chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons.

Defense analyst Johan Tunberger, formerly of Sweden's Defense Research Agency, pointed to the military's lack of protection against CBRN weapons, as well as a need for field hospitals and helicopter training, according to TheLocal.se.

"The Swedish armed forces could not be deployed if the situation would require it," Tunberger said, TheLocal.se reports.

Tunberger said that current government plans to prioritize a "balanced economy" will leave the military without much needed funding for reforms and reorganization.

Prime Minister of Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt recently said that one of the nation's fundamental tasks would be to keep the armed forces' financing in order. Some planned investments in material, however, have already had to be postponed.

The 2012 military budget totals approximately $1.3 billion, but military spending on what are considered items required for basic functioning is expected surpass that amount.

In addition, some systems, according to Tunberger, will still be able to operate as intended, but never have a chance to work in conjunction with one another.

"The armed forces can't perform large scale operations and the overall result is that the Swedish defense won't be able to be deployed if necessary," Tunberger said, according to TheLocal.se.