• Threat of spies is increasing in Europe
    A series of high-profile cases that have recently led to arrests and convictions shows that the threat posed by spies seems to have increased in Europe over the past decade.
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  • Exploring planning tools to address inconsistencies
    On behalf of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), FOI has developed a preliminary planning tool to manage inherent inconsistencies among different actors in international operations.
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  • New study investigates how international missions affect national defence
    By taking part in international military operations, Sweden contributes to dealing with pressing security crises. But it also gives the Swedish Armed Forces valuable experience and leads to increased interoperability – the ability to collaborate with others in operations and missions. This is shown by a new study from FOI. Such international efforts are thus important, even when Sweden’s focus is once again on its national defence capability. However, it is important to carefully consider why, with what, and with whom the Armed Forces should contribute to international missions, the authors say.
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  • Difficult to reach new disarmament agreements
    For several decades, nuclear weapons have been controlled by agreements between the nuclear-weapons states, mainly the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia. FOI has studied the conditions that would be required to achieve such agreements and whether this would be possible today. The conclusion is that it is doubtful that any further agreements than those already in force will be reached.
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  • Technology from FOI to go to Chernobyl
    FOI’s unique expertise in measuring airborne radioactivity may soon benefit Chernobyl. Using measurements of the noble gas, xenon, a technology originally developed to detect nuclear weapons tests, the fuel in the wrecked reactor will be monitored to further increase the safety at the plant.
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  • Russia and Belarus closer to a union
    Russia and Belarus’s presidents are expected to sign a package of so-called union state programmes. These aim to deepen cooperation between the two countries within the frame of a common union state. The FOI report, Endgame Belarus? Union State Integration Under Pressure , explains what that would mean.
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  • Pursuit of strategies to expose fabricated media
    It is becoming increasingly easy to create fake images, texts and videos that are so realistic that they are difficult to distinguish from reality. There is a growing risk that the technology is being misused by malicious actors. The FOI report, Detection of Fabricated Media , surveys how fake media can be detected.
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  • Quantum radar draws ever closer
    Quantum radar provides a better image of an object, at the same time as it reduces the risk that the operator or platform doing the spotting will be detected. FOI is following developments on behalf of the Swedish Ministry of Defence.
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  • Russian research investments in AI and autonomous vehicles
    A high degree of state control, cutting-edge investments in AI and robotics and close connection to the battlefields in Syria and Ukraine. These are some of the lessons learned from a study of Russian military research presented in the report Russia’s Military R&D Infrastructure – A Primer.
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  • Russia’s military a willing tool of Putin’s foreign policy
    The Russian military is today loyal to the political leadership. But it can quickly become an independent player in Russian foreign policy. This is the conclusion of an FOI report that provides an overview of scientific literature on the military’s role in Russia’s foreign policy.
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