Panama has no defense force. A national security force of
about 12,000 men (2009) is organized in a lightly armed
police force of 11,000 men, a marine unit of 400 men with 41
patrol boats and an air surveillance unit of 400 men without
fighter aircraft. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that PAN stands for Panama.
Defense of Panama costs decreased in 1985-2007 from 2.0% to 1.0% of
GDP. The United States supports Panama's defense
financially, and had about 6,000 men in all-round assemblies
based in the country from 1989-99.