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Sweden’s top officer on the ‘mental transition’ of joining NATO and Russian concerns

Breaking Defense, May 7

Gen. Micael Byden was appointed Supreme Commander of Sweden’s military in 2015, a job whose requirements changed dramatically in 2022, when Russia invaded Ukraine and after 200 years of military non-alignment, Stockholm moved to join NATO. Incorporating Sweden into NATO, Byden told Breaking Defense during a recent visit to Washington, was something he “never thought” he’d see, but the former Swedish Air Force pilot said that the new responsibilities mean “It’s never been so inspirational to go to work.”