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Military Personnel and Weapons Stocks in Newly Independent States, 1957-1981 (ICPSR 7821)

Principal Investigator(s): Mullins, Alden F. Jr.


This dataset contains annual enumerations of military personnel and annual inventories of land, air, and sea weapons in stock for 46 countries that have gained independence since 1957. The time series for each country begins with the year of independence and continues through 1981. Weapons are classified by 329 unique designations identifying the weapon and the country of supply. A quantity of weapons is reported for each designation, except for missile systems which are coded as either present or absent without specifying quantities in stock.

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Study Description


Mullins, Alden F. Jr. Military Personnel and Weapons Stocks in Newly Independent States, 1957-1981. ICPSR07821-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07821.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07821.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    armaments, arms trade, military personnel, weapons, weapons systems

Geographic Coverage:    Global

Time Period:   

  • 1957-01-01--1981-12-31

Date of Collection:   

  • 1983--1984

Universe:    Every state acquiring independence since 1957 with a population of at least 500,000 at independence. All weapons except small arms and crew-served field artillery.

Data Type(s):    census/enumeration data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Each record represents a nation-year. Records are ordered by country code and year. Variables 115 and 119 represent the same weapon. The data contain some errors.


Data Source:

The data were culled from 14 published sources providing technical data on weapons systems, annual arms transfer figures, and personnel and weapons stocks totals.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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