Quick Facts

Area in square km 1,138,910
Corruption Perceptions Index ranking 94 (out of 177) (2013)
Defense Expenditure as % of GDP 3.4% (2013)
Defense expenditure in dollars 13,003,000,000 (2013)
Per capita GDP in dollars 11,100 (2013)
Population 46,245,297 (2014)
Size of armed forces 281,000 (2013)
U.S. military personnel present 50 (2014)

Colombia at a glance

Military & Police Aid $224,651,676 (2014)
Humanitarian & Development Aid $164,982,432 (2014)
Arms Sales $304,329,724 (2012)
Trainees 3,599 (2012)
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Military vs. Economic Aid

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. security and humanitarian & development assistance provided to this country. For a dollar amount breakdown of how much aid this country receives and which programs are supplying assistance, click "view data set." Note: This year's figures reflect the U.S. government's estimates of expected spending, and numbers for next year represent the administration's request to Congress.
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Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about the United States' training of this country's security forces. For information about how the number of security forces trained each year by the United States, including detailed information about the subject of the training, where that training takes place, and who is being trained, click "view data set."
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Arms Sales

Security Assistance Monitor tracks all available data about U.S. arms sales to this country. For detailed information on equipment, weapons and military services sold to this country, click "view data set." Note: This is not grant aid: these are items that governments purchase with their own funds.
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11/11/14 | Blog
Latin America Security By The Numbers Update

The latest Comparative Atlas of Defense and Security in Latin America, by the Network of Security and Defense in Latin America (RESDAL), found that approximately 106,415 women serve as soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen in the region, making up about 10.06 percent of all armed forces. Click...

11/11/14 | Blog
Lawmakers Call for Linking Colombia Aid to Human Rights

Last week, eight U.S. lawmakers called for cuts to the planned U.S. security assistance package to Colombia for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 in response to continuing reports of human rights violations, violence and impunity in the country.

11/5/14 | Blog
Military Exercises in Latin America: September and October

Military Exercises in Latin America: September and October



11/21/14 | News
The Colombian Navy Captures an Alleged FARC Semisubmersible
In a joint operation, the Colombian Navy and Air Force recently seized a submersible vessel that terrorists were constructing in the Department of Nariño.
11/19/14 | News
Colombia: Agreement Is Reached to Release General Held by Rebels
The country’s largest rebel group has agreed to free an army general and four other captives, officials said Wednesday. The general’s capture on Sunday led President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend peace talks with the rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
11/18/14 | News
Colombia Suspends Talks, Seeks Help as it Hunts for Kidnapped General
Colombia’s defense minister headed to a remote northwestern state Monday to direct search and rescue operations for an army general whose kidnapping over the weekend by suspected rebels prompted the government to suspend peace talks with the insurgent group.

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