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Military of Namibia

The constitution of Namibia defined the role of the military as "defending the territory and national interests." Namibia formed the National Defense Force[?] (NDF), comprised of former enemies in a 23-year bush war: the PLAN[?] and South West African[?] territorial force. The British formulated the force integration plan and began training the NDF, which consists of five battalions and a small headquarters element. The UNTAG[?] Kenyan infantry battalion remained in Namibia for 3 months after independence to assist in training the NDF and stabilize the north. According to the Namibian Defense Ministry[?], enlistments of both men and women will number no more than 7,500. Currently, Namibia has no air force or navy. Defense and security account for less than 8% of government spending.

Defense cooperation at various levels has been explored with several governments, including the United States. Areas of cooperation include military education, training, and a fisheries program.

On May 21, 1990, Namibia signed a border-control agreement with Angola but to date has not entered into defense agreements with any country.

Military branches: National Defense Force (Army), Police

Military manpower - availability:
males age 15-49: 416,529 (2000 est.)

Military manpower - fit for military service:
males age 15-49: 248,581 (2000 est.)

Military expenditures - dollar figure: $90 million (FY97/98)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP: 2.6% (FY97/98)

See also : Namibia

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