The defense was severely cut and reorganized following
the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Kyrgyzstan has been a
member of the CSTO, the Collective Security Treaty
Organization, since 1992, with Russian Federation.
The defense is based on general military duty and (2008)
comprises 11,000 men, of which the army has 8,500 men with 3
brigades and the air force 2,400 men with 52 older fighter
aircraft. The material is of Soviet origin and semi-modern.
Semi-military security forces amount to 9,500 men.
Defense spending decreased in 1996-2006 from 2.6% to 1.3%
of GDP. Kyrgyzstan participates in UN peacekeeping
operations with observers in Ethiopia / Eritrea, Liberia and
Sudan. Denmark, the Russian Federation and the United States
support air operations and / or air transport operations in
Afghanistan from Kyrgyzstan. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that KYR stands for Kyrgyzstan.