The Monocle Minute: War games

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Total Defence


“It brings together more than 400 different entities, from private companies to volunteers and the armed forces,” says Elisabeth Braw, who will be chairing a discussion on the exercise today at the Royal United Services Institute in London. As Sweden is not a member of Nato, its dependence on its own response to aggression is greater than many of its European neighbours. But it’s also just good practice. “Sweden is one of a handful of countries in the West that would actually be prepared for an invasion right now,” says Braw. “Soldiers must train in order to be ready for battle; the same goes for a country.”