In 2007 DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and Swedish Defence Minister Mikael Odenberg signed the bilateral agreement on research and development in homeland security between the United States and Sweden. Since then, an active research and development cooperation between the countries has developed. The agreement has created opportunities to share knowledge and experiences and to develop networks that enhance our countries’ efforts to make a more secure and more resilient society.
The purpose of the bilateral cooperation is to eliminate potential barriers that hinder research and development cooperation. The cooperation should instead facilitate and nurture research and development possibilities for both countries’ universities and other research institutions, as well as their national authorities. The knowledge and experiences that are shared should lead to a more effective use of our combined resources. The year 2017 marks ten years of success for this bilateral agreement.