On December 5, Swedish Minister for Defence Pål Jonson and United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, signed the first ever Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) between Sweden and the United States.
The DCA regulates issues such as the legal status of US forces, access to deployment areas and pre-positioning of military materiel in Sweden.
The DCA is an important step in deepened military cooperation with the US. It strengthens both Sweden’s and its neighbouring countries’ regional security by conveying the engagement and actual presence of the US.
The US has previously concluded DCAs with several European countries, including Norway. DCA negotiations are ongoing with Denmark and have recently been concluded with Finland.
More details at government.se
(DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jack Sanders)
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