The defense encompasses (2009) 10,500 men enlisted and is
organized into four regions with five infantry regiments, a
naval section with five patrol boats and an air force
section with two attack helicopters. Semi-military security
forces amount to 3,000 men. The material is of varying
origin. Defense costs decreased from 7.9% to 1.9% of GDP in
A UN commission ruled that neighboring Eritrea was
responsible for launching the regular combat operations that
occurred with Djibouti in June 2008, and related areas from
which strategic sea transport routes to the Red Sea can be
controlled. The international presence has subsequently
increased, and in 2009, there were 3,900 men from France
with Djibouti territory from France with a naval infantry
and an alien legionary regiment and 10 fighter aircraft.
From the United States, there were 2,000 men from all four
branches of defense and a naval base. Germany contributed
100 men and some sea surveillance aircraft.
Djibouti participates in the UN peacekeeping operation
with observers in Western Sahara (MINURSO). To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that DJU stands for Djibouti.