21 - 24 January, 2019 | Twickenham Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Major General Karl Engelbrektson

Army of Sweden
Major General Karl L E Engelbrektson was born 1962, currently he is Chief of Staff Swedish Army. 2014-2016 he was Head of Training and Education Swedish Armed Forces and 2013/14 he was chairman of the NATO Connecting Forces Initiative, Task Force; successfully negotiating new partnerships on behalf of seven nations in view of the NATO summit in Wales. 2010-13 he was the SWE Military Representative to the EU and NATO. In 2009/10 he was member of the Royal College of Defense Studies, in London. Prior to that he was senior mentor to the East African Stand By Forces. In 2005 he was assigned to set up the Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Irish and Estonian EU- battlegroup and in 2006 (to sept 2008) he was appointed to be the first Force Commander of the Nordic Battlegroup (NBG). In 2004 he was Military District Commander of the Island of Gotland. In 2003/04 he was Commanding Officer of the Swedish Battalion in Kosovo. During this command he experienced the latest Crisis in Kosovo during mid-march fights in Caglavica 2004. 
Karl L E Engelbrektson started his military career in 1981 at the Bohuslän Regiment (17th Inf Regiment) as a conscript rifleman. He graduated from the Infantry Officers Course 1984. He has served as instructor, platoon-, company and battalion and Brigade commander at different infantry and armored regiments, as well as a teacher at the military academy. He graduated from the Swedish National Defense College in 1996. After a short period within the Military Intelligence, he served at the Swedish MoD, with arms control issues and became the first desk officer for EU military co-operation. 
1998-99 he organized a new joint training section within the SWE Armed Forces HQ. From 1999 to 2000 he studied Security Policy at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He was then tasked to organize and lead a new international manning section within the Swedish Armed Forces HQ. 
From 2001 to 2003 he served as Battalion Commander and acting Brigade Commander at the armored regiment on the island of Gotland. After that he was responsible for organizing the 9th Swedish Battalion in Kosovo, he was appointed as Commanding Officer of this unit during 2003/2004. He has also served as DCOM in the German EU FHQ in Ulm. 
Karl Engelbrektson has had and still holds several Appointments of trust. He is a memberof The Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences (2006). The President of France awarded him with The Ordre National Merit in Jan 2012. Since April 2013 he is a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Canada. Since 2015 he is a member of Swedish Institute of Foreign Affairs. 
He is a member of the board of NetClean and Safer Society Group: a world leading technology company fighting child pornography on Internet. 
He is recognized for his in-depth knowledge and practical skills of leadership. He is a co-author to the book In Business and Battle; Strategic Leadership in the Civilian & Military Spheres. He has more in-depth studies in areas of security policy, international relations, management, leadership and gender issues. In all these subjects he is often engaged as a lecturer and has had the pleasure of speaking at several of the major security policy organizations and centers globally. He likes physical exercise and has played poor golf on many good courses around the world. 


Full spectrum operations acknowledge that conflict involves more than combat between armed opponents. Land forces must defeat enemies while simultaneously shaping the civil situation. This can be accomplished through stability operations in foreign theatres, and civil support operations in the domestic environment. Furthermore, operations are now increasingly network-centric, and land forces need superior information and communications capabilities to respond to new threats and to work efficiently and seamlessly with joint and allied forces.
·          Warfighting at the high end is getting more difficult as a result of advances by near-peer competitors, while the low end is moving towards enduring commitment. What is the right fleet balance to address these demands?
·          What lessons can we take from recent land force operations to apply and prepare for the threats of tomorrow?
·          How can forces train, and what is required to ensure soldiers are agile, adaptable and able to operate unilaterally or with multinational and civilian partners?
·          What are the future security challenges and dilemmas faced by Land Forces, and what role can armoured vehicles play in addressing these challenges?
·          How important are strong land forces for deterrence – and how is the land power narrative best communicated to political leaders?


·          There is an ever increasing need for cooperation among armed forces who are in reshaping and resizing their forces following the conflicts of the last decade
·          Understanding the challenges of future operating environments and the budgetary pressures put on defence to generate hybrid deterrence, and what this means for land power
·          With individual nations struggling to put forward the resources required to generate a strong land power cooperation is needed among nations that will interoperate together in future conflicts
·          Consideration needs to be given to great international cooperation in training, and communication as well as ammunition commonality and logistical support to deliver land power at an affordable price

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