The Gulf Cooperation Council's unified military command [electronic resource] / by Brahim Saidy.
- Philadelphia, PA : Foreign Policy Research Institute, 2014.
- Philadelphia papers ; no. 6.
Columbia International Affairs Online.
Philadelphia papers ; No. 6
1 online resource (56 pages) : illustrations.
- Gulf Cooperation Council -- Armed Forces -- Organization.
Persian Gulf States -- Armed Forces.
Persian Gulf States -- Military relations.
Gulf Cooperation Council.
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- The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which brings together the countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, took an unprecedented step during its 34th Summit (held in Kuwait City on December 10-11 2013) by setting up a unified military command structure for its member states. This move reflects the commitment of the GCC to establish a credible joint defense force able to advance the goal of collective security in the region. This military command will have a force of around 100,000, half of which would be contributed by Saudi Arabia, the main advocate of this initiative. GCC members will coordinate air, land, and marine forces under one common structure. The creation of an integrated military command structure is an important reform, and can be considered a significant development towards deeper regional military integration. It can benefit from the various weapons systems in the Gulf, and create a new generation of Gulf officers. It can also take advantage of the broad similarity of the military systems and experiences of the GCC's countries. For that reason, it will be relatively simple to define steps that will harmonize the programs in terms of interoperability, and define messaging standards for communicating between systems at a basic level. A more significant obstacle to effective cooperation, however, is the lack of agreement related to threat perceptions. Indeed, there is no strategic consensus about whom the GCC should guard against. The effectiveness of this command is therefore conditioned by political factors rather than purely military considerations.
Concepts and theoretical considerations.
GCC's defense cooperation: what has been done?
GCC's military command: strategy, missions and structure.
The political challenges of the GCC command structure.
- "October 2014."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 52-56).
Online resource; title from PDF title page (FPRI, viewed February 20, 2016).
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