Qatar maintains a modest military force of approximately 11,800 men, including an army (8,500), navy (1,800) and air force (1,500). Qatar's defence expenditures accounted for approximately 4.2% of gross national product in 1993. Qatar has signed defence pacts with the United States and United Kingdom, as well as with France earlier in 1994. Qatar plays an active role in the collective defence efforts of the Gulf Cooperation Council; the other five members are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE and Oman. The presence of a large American military base in the country provides the country with a guaranteed source of defence and national security.
Qatar played an important role in the Gulf War of 1991, taking part in the Battle of Khafji and providing important basing areas for US forces. In July 2008, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced Qatar’s official request for logistics support, training, and associated equipment and services. The total value of the support arrangements could be as high as $400 million.
|Military branches||:||Qatari Amiri Land Force (QALF), Qatari Amiri Navy (QAN), Qatari Amiri Air Force (QAAF) (2009)|
|Military service age and obligation||:||18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription (2010)|
|Manpower available for military service||:||males age 16-49: 389,487
females age 16-49: 165,572 (2010 est.)
|Manpower fit for military service||:||males age 16-49: 321,974
females age 16-49: 140,176 (2010 est.)
|Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually||:||male: 6,429
female: 5,162 (2010 est.)
|Military expenditures||:||10% of GDP (2005 est.)|