Army logistics was a major contributor to the collapse of the USSR in the 1990s.
It was also a key player in the collapse and the creation of the Islamic State.
Now it has been put to the test.
The Swedish Defence Ministry has told the parliament that it will build a new military base for the Swedish army in the middle of the Arctic.
Defence Minister Anders Ygeman told parliament that the new facility will house up to 20,000 soldiers, including soldiers of the Swedish special forces.
The parliamentarian, Lars Lassonsen, asked whether the Swedish military could be deployed in a NATO-led force.
“I don’t think we are, and we can’t,” Ygemen told him.
The defence minister replied that it was the first time the Swedish government had approved a military deployment to the Arctic, which has been a NATO territory since 1993.
“In our military, it is a core element, and so it is our job to protect it,” he said.
The Defence Ministry also said that the Swedish parliament would hold a debate about the possible presence of a Swedish military base on the Swedish territory.
The military bases are often the first stops for NATO forces heading to the European Union and beyond.
The bases have become the latest symbol of the EU’s desire to secure its borders, and the EU has already agreed to buy up to two million square metres of ice for the Baltic Sea, and several hundred kilometres of land for its external borders.