Saudi Arabia Enters the Twenty-first Century: The military and international security dimensions, Volume 1

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 413 pages
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With the continuing importance of Saudi Arabia in regional and world politics, the current and future effectiveness of the Saudi military carries increased significance. Despite recent strains in relations with the U.S., particularly in light of the role Saudis played in the events of September 11, 2001, the Kingdom remains America's key Arab ally. Cordesman studies the challenges faced by the Saudis from both their allies and their potential enemies to assess Saudi Arabia's ability to forge a better approach to collective security in the Gulf and to create more stable long-term security arrangements with the U.S. and other Western Powers. This assessment of Saudi Arabia's strategic position includes a full-scale analysis of Saudi military forces, defense expenditures, arms imports, military modernization, readiness and war fighting capability. It examines both the cooperation and tension with other Southern Gulf States. It explores the implications of the conventional military build-up and creeping proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Gulf and the resulting changes in Saudi Arabia's security position. All of these factors have critical implications for stability within the Kingdom, within the Gulf, as well as in the broader global context.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Saudi Strategic Challenges
1
Chapter 2 Saudi Military Leadership Organization and Manpower
45
Chapter 3 Saudi Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers
71
Chapter 4 The Saudi Army
121
Chapter 5 The Saudi National Guard
169
Chapter 6 The Saudi Navy
183
Chapter 7 The Saudi Air Force
203
Chapter 8 The Saudi Air Defense Force
239
Chapter 9 Saudi Paramilitary and Internal Security Forces
253
Chapter 10 Proliferation and Saudi Missile Capabilities
313
Chapter 11 Saudi Arabian Security at the Start of the TwentyFirst Century
379
Bibliography
391
Index
403
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ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN is ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN is a Senior Fellow and the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a military analyst for ABC News. The author of numerous books on Middle Eastern security issues, he has served in senior positions in the office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of Energy, State Department, NATO, and the U.S. Senate.