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white guard, advanced aircraft, modern weapons, national guard, navy

Since the mid-1960s Saudi Arabia’s defense expenditures have increased dramatically. The country maintains two separate armies. The first is the national guard, or the white guard, which is a conglomeration of tribal levies organized along traditional lines and has about 77,000 active members. In 2001 the regular armed forces included an army of 75,000 soldiers, an air force of 20,000, a navy of 15,500, and an air defense force. These forces, trained in part with U.S. assistance, are equipped with modern weapons and advanced aircraft.



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