U.S. Marines exchange handshakes with Saudi Arabia's Naval Special Forces after a joint training exercise in the Middle East, May 18, 2017. Kyle McNan | US Marine Corp
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Can Saudi Arabia Fight its Own Fight? History Shows Heavy Reliance on Mercenaries, Militias and the US

Despite access to high-tech weapons and a massive military budget, Saudi Arabia seems unable to piece together a competent fighting force, instead relying on mercenaries, militias, and the US to win its wars.