Deputy Defense Secretary Bob WorkÂ has visited Sweden to discuss regional security and the development of technologies in effortsÂ toÂ address the activities of potential adversaries in the Baltic Sea, DoD NewsÂ reported Wednesday.
Cheryl Pellerin writes that Work toured military facilities in Sweden including theÂ Ronneby Air Base to talk aboutÂ military-to-military cooperation, NATO partnership programsÂ and security and defense priorities in the region.
He also updated the country’s leaders regarding the development of DoD’sÂ Third Offset StrategyÂ and toured the facilities of Swedish defense company Saab, the report said.
Work, alongsideÂ U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji andÂ Swedish State Secretary Jan Salestrand, also spoke at a news conference to answer questions from local reporters, including concerns regarding Russian activities in the Baltic Sea.
“[It’s] important that we maintain the Baltic sea as free and open to all the Nordic and Baltic countries in the region,” said Work.
He will concludeÂ this multiday trip with a visit to Belgium,Â Pellerin reports.