Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)
Center for European Policy Analysis (Washington, D.C.)
Half of Sweden’s fighter pilots are ready to quit, or go on an extended leave this fall, just as the country is poised to join NATO. The two are not linked, butone clearly has consequences for the other. Many Swedish air force pilots are demanding better compensation andthreatening mass migration to the private sector. The dispute has beendeveloping ever since the end of the Cold War, when Sweden took a verysignificant peace dividend. The country’s defense spending dropped fromaround 3% of GDP in 1990 to just 0.9% in 2015.
Kallberg, Jan, "The Swedish Fighter Pilot Crisis" (2022). West Point Research Papers. 754.