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Why Singapore is Superior Despite So Many Faults

Posted by theonlinecitizen on March 16, 2007

From Strategy Page

An article recently appeared in a professional journal (Armed Forces & Society), in which the author simultaneously praised Singapore for having the most effective, man-for-man, armed forces in Asia, and criticized some of the policies used to make it so. This caused a lot of angst in Singapore, but also highlighted how this tiny country became the most powerful military force in the region.

Singapore is one of the smallest nations in the world, occupying only 633 square kilometers of land. It spends $6.8 billion a year on defense. The island nation has a population of 3.7 million, and armed forces of 60,000 active duty troops. On a per-capita basis, Singapore spends more on the military, and has more people in uniform, than the United States.

Read the full report in Strategy Page.


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