Inquiry report on equipment and logistics provision to the Swedish Armed Forces

On 14 December 2016, the Government’s Inquiry Chair Ingemar Wahlberg presented the report ‘Logistics for increased defence preparedness’ to the Government. The Inquiry proposes that activities in the Defence Materiel Administration relating to the operation and maintenance of equipment be transferred to the Swedish Armed Forces. This will thereby create a cohesive war organisation with associated logistics resources at the Swedish Armed Forces.

In the 2015 defence policy direction bill, the Government demanded greater availability and preparedness of military units in order to increase the operational capabilities of the military units. In the second half of 2015, an Inquiry was appointed with a remit to present proposals on how the supply of equipment and logistics should be designed and organised to meet these requirements. The Inquiry has had the support of experts from the Swedish Armed Forces and the Defence Materiel Administration.

The proposals now presented by the Inquiry represent the completion of the direction the Government proposed in 2015, set out in subsequent defence resolutions to the government agencies and proposed in the Defence Commission's preparatory materials. The Inquiry's proposals also build on changes to the regulatory framework for central government investments and the decision-making process drawn up by the previous Investment Planning Inquiry (SOU 2014:15).

Division of responsibilities based on preparedness requirements

In its report, the Inquiry proposes that the Swedish Armed Forces be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the agency's equipment and that the Storage, Service and Workshops area of activities within the Defence Materiel Administration therefore be transferred to the Swedish Armed Forces.

Clearer financial management model

The Inquiry also proposes a financial management model that entails Riksdag and Government management of state commitments and expenditure on the basis of relations with non-governmental suppliers. This will make it clearer what the state has ordered from the industrial sector and not, as in the current model, what the Swedish Armed Forces has ordered from the Defence Materiel Administration.