The Ministry of Defence is responsible for issues concerning Sweden’s military and civil defence and crisis preparedness. The Ministry has approximately 150 employees, around ten of whom are politically appointed ministers, state secretaries, political advisers and press secretaries. All other staff are non-political officials who remain in their posts following a change of government.
The political leadership of the Ministry of Defence consists of two ministers and two state secretaries.
Minister for Defence Pål Jonson is head of ministry and the minister responsible for military defence. Peter Sandwall is State Secretary to the Minister for Defence.
Minister for Civil Defence Carl-Oskar Bohlin is the minister responsible for civil defence and crisis preparedness. Johan Berggren is State Secretary to the Minister for Civil Defence.
The state secretaries assist the ministers with planning, coordination and follow-up of activities. To assist them on policy issues, the political leadership has political advisers and press secretaries.
Non-politically appointed officials
The non-politically appointed senior officials in the ministry are the Director-General for Administrative Affairs and the Director-General for Legal Affairs, who assist the state secretaries in leading and coordinating the work of the Ministry. Their responsibilities also include drafting legislative proposals for primary legislation and other regulations and ensuring that they are lawful, consistent and uniform.
Departments and secretariats
The Ministry organisation comprises the following departments and secretariats:
The responsibilities of the Legal Secretariat include preparing proposals for referral to the Council on Legislation, drafting government bills and other legislative work, and issues concerning administrative preparedness, international law (international humanitarian law), cases concerning the release of official documents and coordination of information circulated from other ministries. The Secretariat provides advice on legal matters to the Ministry leadership and other divisions.
Department for Budget Management and Administrative Support
The responsibilities of the Department for Budget Management and Administrative Support include coordination of the budgetary process and internal administration of the Ministry as regards internal budget, activity planning and financial administration issues, and matters concerning premises and IT.
Department for Security Policy and International Relations
The Department for Security Policy and International Relations is responsible for issues concerning security policy, leading strategy development, providing general analysis, and international coordination regarding the EU, Nordic cooperation and NATO.
Department for Intelligence Coordination
The Department for Intelligence Coordination is responsible for the continuous monitoring, alignment and development of intelligence activities, and for the Ministry’s contingency planning.
Department for Acquisition, Research and Development
The Department for Acquisition, Research and Development is responsible for acquisition of defence materiel, research and development, bilateral and multilateral defence materiel cooperation, and export support.
Department for Military Capability and Operations
The Department for Military Capability and Operations is responsible for issues concerning military defence, such as the Swedish Armed Forces’ war organisation and peacetime organisation, operative capability and capability development. The Department is also responsible for issues concerning coordination between military defence and civil defence within the framework of total defence.
Department for Crisis Preparedness
The Department for Crisis Preparedness is responsible for issues relating to protection against accidents, crisis preparedness and information and cyber security.