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USA is a country located in North America with an area of 9,857,306 km2 (land boundries: 12,002 km and costline 19,924 km). The capital of USA is Washington. The number of inhabitants is 331,449,281.

The United States is a member of NATO and was one of the original 12 countries to sign the North Atlantic Treaty in 1949. The US military's inventory is comprised almost entirely of domestically-produced weapons systems defense industry is capable of designing, developing, maintaining, and producing the full spectrum of weapons systems. The United States is the world's leading arms exporter.

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The China-DPRK Treaty on Friendship is a treaty signed on 11 July 1961 between North Korea and China. The treaty obligates China militarily to defend North Korea and vice versa.North Korea enjoys a close relationship with China which is often called North Korea's closest ally. The relations were strained in the last few years because of China's concerns about North Korea's nuclear program. Both countries have nuclear weapons.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 816 billion $ 294.6 billion $
Percent of GDP: 3.3% 0%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 816 billion $ (USA)


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Active personnel: 1,358,500 3,315,000
Reserve personnel: 799,500 2,600,000
Available for military: 73,270,043 392,336,380


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Highest value in the world: 2,035,000 (China)

Land Forces

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Tanks: 6,612 11,750
Armoured fighting vehicles: 41,237 18,130
Total artillery: 4,243 20,094
Self-propelled artillery: 1,498 7,220
Rocket artillery: 1,366 7,140


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Highest value in the world: 12,267 (Russia)

Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 12,930 5,590
Fighter aircraft: 461 1,398
Multirole aircraft: 2,417 1,165
Attack aircraft: 566 308
Helicopters: 4,741 1,557
UCAV (combat drone): 334 151

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 12,930 (USA)


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Total naval: 460 1,709
Aircraftcarriers: 20 4
Destroyers: 94 38
Frigates: 0 56
Corvettes: 22 81
Submarines: 69 146

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)

Nuclear weapons


The first country to develop and to military use nuclear warheads in the world. Everything started from the Manhattan project, a research that had one particular goal in focus – to develop and produce the first nuclear weapon. Americans were the first to wield such powerful weapon. Everything started in 1941, which is date of the beginning of Manhattan project. Since the end of the Second World War, United States became the leading country when it comes to possessing nuclear warheads and it lasted approximately to 1980s. We should also bear in mind that United States are also the only nation that ever used nuclear weapon in military conflict.

In 1960, the amount of warheads stored by Americans exceeded 30,000. However, it is worth to note that throughout the entire period of the so-called Cold War, USA managed to build approximately 70,000 nuclear warheads, what is more than all other countries with access to nuclear weapons combined. From the first test that happened in 1945 to this day, the USA conducted 1054 tests of atomic bombs. Still, as a result of introduced restrictions on the amount of warheads one state can possess, the current number has dropped to 6500 warheads. Noteworthy is also the fact that out of this number, United States deployed only 1600.

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Military service


18 years of age (17 years of age with parental consent) for male and female voluntary service; no conscription; maximum enlistment age 42 (Army), 27 (Air Force), 34 (Navy), 28 (Marines); service obligation 8 years, including 2-5 years active duty (Army), 2 years active (Navy), 4 years active (Air Force, Marines); DoD is eliminating prohibitions restricting women from assignments in units smaller than brigades or near combat units.

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