The Way Ahead: CENTCOM's New Strategy for Theater Security Cooperation
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Security and stability in the Arabian Gulf is not only a regional issue but also one of global concern considering the strategic importance of its resources and the level of its political stability. Since the end of the Gulf War, the United States has committed itself to an active, permanent military presence in the Middle East. The United States has constructed and executed a U.S.-led security architecture there composed of a constant forward-deployed U.S. military presence and a narrowly focused engagement strategy aimed at boosting partnership and host nation defense capabilities. This architecture has been successful in some instances, but largely ineffective in its goal of promoting a regional security cooperation that collectively handles crisis, deters future aggression, and reduces U.S. footprint and involvement. This paper will argue that a new Theater Security Cooperation Strategy is required and that because of the Peninsulas importance and its numerous common security challenges, the countries of the Arabian Peninsula which make up the Gulf Coalition Council GCC should not only be key partners in the development of this strategy, but should become the leading force that will pair nations together with the United States to build partnership capacity and promote regional stability.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations