Sweden: The Case of the Red Eagle

Though neutral Sweden has not fought a war for 150 years,*few Western nations are better prepared for one. The crack Royal Swedish Air Force, with 1,000 first-line jet aircraft, is the world's fourth biggest (after the U.S., Russia, Britain). To defend itself against Soviet attack, Sweden has spent hundreds of millions of dollars since 1935 building a vast secret complex of command posts, antiaircraft missiles, submarine pens and support facilities buried deep in its granite mountains.

And all the time, at the apex of its military establishment, systematically selling the latest details of its defense strategy, sat a...

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