The Swedish armed forces are seeking to strengthen their cyber defense in order to to attack other countries' computer networks, according to Radio Sweden.
In the armed forces' latest forward planning document that was handed over to the government the other week, there is a repeated mention of the need to develop what is called "offensive cyber capabilities".
"The technical development takes its course and this is an area where, if you are serious in thinking about the future, you have to keep up and in some way develop our capabilities. And when you speak of capabilities, it means defensive as well as offensive ones," Social Democrat spokesperson on defence Peter Hultqvist was quoted as saying.
The report notes that several countries already have or is currently developing a cyber defence that is prepared also to launch strikes in cyber space. The conclusion is that if Sweden does not keep up with this development, it risks becoming more vulnerable and exposed. In addition, the Swedish Armed forces would like to develop capabilities in space and so called unmanned systems.