Armed Forces of the Persian Gulf Countries

Document Type : Original Article


The armed forces and the army are main elements of national power. Military readiness gives real significance to the geography, natural resources, and industrial power. Military elements of national power include military purposes, military doctrines, military strategies and policies (defensive and non-defensive), forces, training, command, military technology, weapons and equipment, military organization, military budget, military stations, troop movements, and logistics facilities. Nevertheless, understanding the various elements of national power, especially military aspect, helps the analysis and evaluation of its use. The main question outlined here is as follows: How are armed forces in Persian Gulf countries? To respond the question, we investigated regional armed forces based on organizational structure, HR, strategic equipment, training, command, strategy, and budget.


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