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Armed Forces: Planned strength 80,000 to 90,000; 1996
army strength about 25,000, air force about 15,000, border troops 5,000 to
6,000, naval force in planning stage.
Major Military Units: Army has two motorized rifle
divisions, one tank division, one artillery regiment. National Guard
operates 25 percent of boats in Caspian Sea Flotilla. Air force has one
heavy bomber regiment; one division with three fighter-bomber regiments;
and single, independent reconnais-sance, fighter, and helicopter
Military Budget: In 1995, estimated at US$297 million.
Internal Security: System largely unchanged from
Soviet period. National Security Committee, successor to Committee for
State Security (KGB), performs intelligence and counter-intelligence
operations. Ministry of Justice runs police (militia) and prison systems.
Data as of March 1996