Quick Facts

Area in square km 652,230
Corruption Perceptions Index ranking 166 (out of 168) (2015)
Defense Expenditure as % of GDP 1% (2014)
Defense expenditure in dollars 199,000,000 (2015)
Per capita GDP in dollars 1,900 (2015)
Population 32,564,342 (2015)
Size of armed forces 161,000 (2016)
U.S. military personnel present 8,850 (2015)

Afghanistan at a glance

Military & Police Aid $4,486,615,000 (2017)
Humanitarian & Development Aid $1,027,000,000 (2017)
Arms Sales $40,964,358 (2014)
Trainees 1,233 (2015)
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Military vs. Economic Aid

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. security and humanitarian & development assistance provided to this country. For a dollar amount breakdown of how much aid this country receives and which programs are supplying assistance, click "view data set." Note: This year's figures reflect the U.S. government's estimates of expected spending, and numbers for next year represent the administration's request to Congress.
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Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about the United States' training of this country's security forces. For information about how the number of security forces trained each year by the United States, including detailed information about the subject of the training, where that training takes place, and who is being trained, click "view data set."
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Arms Sales

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. arms sales to this country. For detailed information on equipment, weapons and military services sold to this country, click "view data set." Note: This is not grant aid: these are items that governments purchase with their own funds.
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11/11/16 | Fact Sheets
U.S. Military and Police Aid Programs A Basic Guide: From Purpose to Type of Recipient

Over the past 15 years, the United States has significantly expanded the number of U.S. security sector aid funding accounts or programs to support a range of U.S. national security and foreign policy goals. This guide provides an overview of 29 key, active U.S. programs funded by the Defense or...

5/17/16 | Blog
Unexamined Risks: The Pentagon’s Military Aid Abroad

Since September 11, the U.S. government has overseen a massive expansion in Pentagon-funded aid to foreign security forces, moving from $800 million in FY 2001 to more than $10.8 billion in FY...

12/16/15 | Blog
U.S. Enthusiasm for Security Cooperation Needs to Be Tempered and Realistic

On September 21, 2013, four gunmen affiliated with Somalia’s al-Shabaab entered a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and began shooting.  Kenyan special forces units were on the scene within hours – troops that the United States had spent...



2/24/17 | News
Insurgent Peace-Making: A New Approach to End the War in Afghanistan
America should be wary of sending more troops to Afghanistan. Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee this month, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John W. Nicholson, called for thousands of more advisors to assist the Afghan security forces in their fight against the Taliban.
2/24/17 | News
Thornberry: Sending More Troops to Afghanistan Won't Mean a March Back to War
The House Armed Services Committee’s chairman this week voiced support for increasing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, adding he isn’t worried about a slow slide into another major military mission there.
2/9/17 | News
L 3 Fuzing Ordnance Systems Inc. Awarded $US51 Million Defense Contract - See more at:$US51-Million-Defense-Contract#sthash.3XAxq6qH.dpuf
A US$51,852,276 firm-fixed-price contract has been awarded to L-3 Fuzing Ordnance Systems Inc. - See more at:$US51-Million-Defense-Contract#sthash.3XAxq6qH.dpuf

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