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A Finnish air force F-18 Hornet aircraft flies during exercise Arctic Challenge 2013 over Norway Sept. 24, 2013.

NATO benefits from integration of military capabilities.

Nordic Pooling and Sharing

July 2013, Number 04.03

“If a new Swedish plan for Scandinavian defense cooperation is adopted, fighter squadrons with Norwegian and Finnish wingmen could patrol northern skies, and Swedish and Icelandic sailors could serve in the Baltic Sea side by side on a ship captained by a Dane. This new twist on “pooling and sharing” would deepen already broad military cooperation among the five Nordic countries in all areas of foreign, security and defense policy and, in an era of defense budget austerity, hopefully save money.

International military cooperation to the point of intermingled units might seem unconventional, but the benefits of increasing defense cooperation have been touted as a way to maintain necessary capacities while spending less. NATO calls it “Smart Defence” and in 2012 made it a cornerstone of the Alliance’s New Strategic Concept. The new Swedish proposal embraces pooling and sharing at a new level, which Defense News said could result in the creation of a “Nordic Defense Force” of air, army and naval units...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Nordic Pooling and Sharing,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  4, No. 3, 2013: 40-43.

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