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Yugoslavia: National Defense
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In 1990 Yugoslav military doctrine specified strategy and tactics to manage most likely security threats. The major problem in national defense was the country's status as a relatively small, nonaligned country in a volatile region dominated by two large military alliances. Yugoslavia constantly measured its military efforts against those of the alliances. But, because battlefield, arms development, and production competition with the larger powers was impossible, Yugoslav doctrine, strategy, and tactics tried to use limited national defense resources in the most efficient way.

Data as of December 1990

Last Updated: December 1990

Editor's Note: Country Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. The Country study for Yugoslavia was first published in 1990. Where available, the data has been updated through 2008. The date at the bottom of each section will indicate the time period of the data. Information on some countries may no longer be up to date. See the "Research Completed" date at the beginning of each study on the Title Page or the "Data as of" date at the end of each section of text. This information is included due to its comprehensiveness and for historical purposes.

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