Armed Forces: Dominican armed forces consisted
navy, and air force. Total personnel in 1989 about 20,800.
Organization: President constitutional commander
chief. Chain of command extended downward to secretary of
for the armed forces, then to deputy secretaries of state
individual branches of service, each of whom administered
a chief of staff and a general staff. Chiefs of staff
operational control, except in emergencies. Country
three defense zones: Southern Defense Zone, Western
and Northern Defense Zone.
Equipment: Army's equipment, mostly of United
manufacture, largely outmoded or poorly maintained.
Navy in 1989 consisted of only one offshore and seventeen
vessels, mostly United States-made craft of World War II
Dominican Air Force assets somewhat more modern and
Cessna A-37B Dragonfly jets and C-47 transports.
Police: National Police only police organization
country. Total manpower in 1989 about 10,000. Commanded by
director general, subordinate to secretary of state for
Data as of December 1989