The U.S. military is aligning with Arctic nations experienced in winter and Arctic warfare for training. A recent joint exercise between the 10th Special Forces Group and Sweden’s Home Guard in Lapland involved simulated guerrilla warfare and personnel recovery missions, offering valuable unconventional warfare training for the American Green Berets.
- Recognizing the importance of the Arctic in its military strategy, the U.S. is turning to allied Arctic nations like Canada, Sweden, Norway, and Finland for expertise in Arctic warfare tactics, techniques, and procedures.
- The 10th Special Forces Group recently participated in a joint exercise with Sweden’s Home Guard in Lapland, playing both opposition and observer-coach-trainers.
- In the exercise, the Green Berets partnered with Swedish soldiers to form a fictional guerrilla force, simulating a situation where their aircraft was shot down and they had to link up with their team and conduct a personnel recovery mission.
- This training scenario allowed the Green Berets to rehearse their core capabilities in unconventional warfare, including assessing the capabilities of unknown forces, target acquisition, and strategic planning.
- Over the five-day exercise, the Green Berets had the opportunity to work through a basic unconventional warfare campaign, improving their capacity to operate in Arctic conditions.