Hi everybody! I am Carl Bergqvist, also known in Sweden as Wiseman. I am a lieutenant colonel in the Swedish Air Force, where I command a squadron of Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighters.
To Swedes I am mostly known as a defence blogger. In 2007 I anonymously started the defence blog Wiseman’s Wisdoms to discuss Swedish defence and security policy. My blog, and later other defence blogs, soon became the main arena for the Swedish debate. Since December 2013 I have been public with my identity.
From 2014 to 2016 I was also a columnist on defence and security policy for the Swedish tabloid Expressen. That I and my fellow military colleagues have been able to critically discuss Swedish defence issues and also both the military and national policies, is something quite unique for Sweden. It is a testament to the Swedish approach to freedom of speech.
During my week as curator I will try to give you some insight into both the Swedish defence, especially the air force, and the current issues in Swedish defence and security arena.