Gulf Military Forces in an Era of Asymmetric Wars, Volume 1

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Armed Forces - 598 pages
The significance of the Persian Gulf to international peace and security and to the global energy market cannot be overstated. Events such as the attacks of September 11 and the rise in energy demand and prices have only highlighted the importance of stability in the Gulf to the health of the global economy. This book demonstrates that the nature of military and political threats in the Gulf states (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Yemen, and the UAE) has shifted during the past three years. Although the threat from Saddam Hussein's Iraq, which produced three recent, major conventional wars-Iran-Iraq (1980-88), Persian Gulf (1990), and Iraq (2003)-has largely disappeared, it has been replaced by concerns over the asymmetric warfare conducted by terrorist organizations and over the proliferation of WMDs by both states and terrorists. These developments are affecting the defense planning and strategic posture of each country, and this book analyzes developments in the force structures of the Gulf states and their ability to deal with this shift in the nature of the threat.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION THE NEW BALANCING ACT IN
1
ADAPTING TO THE CHANGING NATURE OF MILITARY POWER
32
BAHRAIN
65
IRAQS CONTINUING STRATEGIC CHALLENGES 467
80
IRAQ 425
82
KUWAIT
87
THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS CORPS PASDARAN 336
98
OMAN
119
QATAR
145
SAUDI ARABIA
163
NOTES 551
174
THE SAUDI NATIONAL GUARD
194
THE SAUDI AIR FORCE
206
SAUDI LANDBASED AIR DEFENSES
217
SAUDI ARABIAS CONTINUING STRATEGIC CHALLENGES
243
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
283

IRANS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION WMD PROGRAM 360
121

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