Worldwide Military Organizations

A Royal Thai Army instructor demonstrates jungle survival skills with a spotted cobra to U.S. personnel during the cross training portion of Exercise Cobra Gold '96 at Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, on 1 May 1996
A Royal Thai Army instructor demonstrates jungle survival skills with a spotted cobra to U.S. personnel during the cross training portion of Exercise Cobra Gold '96 at Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, on 1 May 1996.

Today in WW II: 9 Sep 1939 In large pincer movement east of Warsaw, German forces trap and reduce the remaining Polish forces [9-17 September].  More 
9 Sep 1943 With Italian cooperation, Operation SLAPSTICK lands 3600 men of the British 1st Paratroop Division at the port of Taranto in the Italian heel.
9 Sep 1943 Operation AVALANCHE, invasion of Italy at Salerno uses 450 ships to land a total of about nine divisions.
9 Sep 1944 Communist coup and Bulgarian armistice with USSR.
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Worldwide Military Organizations

Almost all countries of the world have military organizations, some vast like the US, China or Russia and others quite tiny. On this page you will find reference works available on the web that will provide in-depth and up to date information on the world's military organizations.

Nations of the World Defense Organizations
GlobalSecurity.org has a big index of countries with information about their military organizations.
US Department of State Background Notes contain a wealth of information about each listed country, including most countries in the world. The military of the country is described. In addition to the Background Note for each country listed, each country has a "country page" containing additional information about the country. You can access a country's page by clicking on the country name link under "OFFICIAL NAME" at the beginning of each Background Note.
The CIA World Factbook in a prime source of detailed information about the military organiztions of most of the world's countries. The entry for each conuntry includes a Military section with details such as Military branches, Military manpower (people of military age and their availability and fitness), Military expenditures, and more.
The Federation of American Scientists has a section of their website that covers Strategic Security. This includes information about the US Military, rest of world military weapons systems, arms trade and much more.

A U.S. Navy beachmaster from Assault Craft Unit 5 directs an Australian armored personnel carrier on the beach at Sabina Point in Queensland, Australia, during exercise Talisman Sabre '05 on 19 June 2005. Talisman Saber is a combined U.S.- Australia command post and field training exercise, demonstrating the U.S. and Australian commitment to the military alliance and regional security
A U.S. Navy beachmaster from Assault Craft Unit 5 directs an Australian armored personnel carrier on the beach at Sabina Point in Queensland, Australia, during exercise Talisman Sabre '05 on 19 June 2005. Talisman Saber is a combined U.S.- Australia command post and field training exercise, demonstrating the U.S. and Australian commitment to the military alliance and regional security.