The Security Force Monitor’s current dataset is a “snapshot” of the structure of the armed forces of Saudi Arabia as of 2009. Additional research (detailed below) will focus on other elements of the security forces of Saudi Arabia. If you have public data that can add to our coverage or need support in your investigations, please get in touch: info [at] securityforcemonitor.org
Saudi Arabia is divided into 13 regions with further subdivisions of governorates and then sub-governorates.
As of 2009 the King of Saudi Arabia exercised direct control over the Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG). SANG is divided into two regional commands which command Brigades, as well as independent Brigades which report directly to SANG headquarters. Brigades commanded several Battalions. Additionally there were several independent battalions.
As of 2009 the King of Saudi Arabia was the commander in chief of the armed forces. The chain of command went from the King through the Ministry of Defense and Aviation to the Chief of General Staff who commanded the four branches of the military: the Royal Saudi Land Forces (army), Royal Saudi Air Force, Royal Saudi Navy and Royal Saudi Air Defense Force.
As of 2009 the air force was divided into Wings which command Squadrons.
As of 2009 the navy was divided into two fleets - the Western Fleet and Eastern Fleet.