On 16 October 2014, the NCI Agency General Manager Mr Koen Gijsbers met with representatives of the Swedish Ministry of Defence and industry in Stockholm. The visit was an opportunity for the NCI Agency to reinforce its long-standing relationship with Sweden and discuss the latest cooperation development as well as to pave the way for an enhanced future partnership.
The General Manager first met with Ms Lena Erixon, National Armaments Director and Director General of the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV). Ms Erixon briefed on the recent reform which gave the FMV overall responsibility for the provision of equipment and logistic support to the Swedish Armed Forces. Following this introduction, Mr Gijsbers presented the Agency's reform process, highlighting its similarities with the reorganization of FMV.
Mr Gijsbers then met with officials from the FMV and Swedish Armed Forces HQ .
The discussion focused on four domains:
- Benefits of a potential Multi-Year Programme of Work signature;
- Sweden's involvement in multinational initiatives such as Multinational Alliance Defence Analysis and Planning for Transformation (MN ADAPT), Multinational NATO Exercise and Training (MN NEXT) or Multinational Cyber Defence Capability Development (MNCD2);
- Sweden's intent to become an affiliate member of Federated Mission Networking (FMN);
- Current activities and priorities of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO).