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The Evolution Of The Armed Forces Of The United Arab Emirates

Series : Modern Military Studies #6

Author : Athol Yates

The Evolution Of The Armed Forces Of The United Arab Emirates


General - Pages : 380 | Images : 25 figures, 25 tables

Paperback - Size : 234mm x 156mm | ISBN : 9781912866007 | Helion Book Code : HEL1093

While today the military of the United Arab Emirates is described admiringly as a 'little Sparta', just 60 years ago the only security forces in the Emirates were the armed retainers of the Ruling Sheikhs and a small British-led, locally-raised Arab force. Using a combination of investment in its nationals, engagement of expatriates and the purchase of cutting edge military hardware, the UAE Armed Forces has become, arguably, the most capable Arab military. In the last decade, it has also gained considerable experience through its military operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria and Yemen. This book traces the little-known and fascinating history of the country’s military. It provides unparalleled detail on the constituent forces that evolved into the UAE Armed Forces in 1976, and how the unified force has evolved since then. It provides essential background information on the country, the enduring roles of the military and the history of each military service, plus details on the political and command structure governing the military, and its manpower and materiel characteristics. The book concludes with an explanation of how the UAE has been able to develop a highly capable military in such a relatively short period of time.

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