An Enduring Partnership: The U.S.-U.A.E. Defense and Security RelationshipOctober 5, 2017
The U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council is pleased to present an update to its report “An Enduring Partnership: The U.S.-U.A.E. Defense and Security Relationship.” This report, which was previously published in February 2017, is intended to serve as a core background document for any company or individual wanting to better understand the origins of the relationship, how far it has progressed, and opportunities for new growth and partnership in the future.
Defense and security cooperation between the U.S. and the U.A.E. first blossomed during the First Gulf War in 1990. An early ally during the war, the U.A.E. allowed American planes and ships to operate out of its territory. The Emirates also carried out airstrikes and participated in the force that liberated Kuwait City.
Since then, the U.A.E. has partnered with the U.S. in every major U.S.-led military coalition save for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Indeed, the U.A.E. has joined with the U.S. in actions in Somalia, Bosnia-Kosovo, Afghanistan, Libya, and the campaign against the “Islamic State” (Daesh) in Syria and Iraq. In turn, the U.S. has provided military and intelligence support for U.A.E. operations in Yemen.
In recent years, shared concerns over Iran’s activities and the rise of extremism in the region have led to an even further deepening of the relationship between the two countries. Today, the defense relationship includes the hosting of U.S. troops, joint exercises and training, billions of dollars in arms sales, and deep military and intelligence cooperation in the U.A.E. and abroad.
In May 2017, the U.S. and U.A.E. signed a new Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) so as to better “reflect the broad range of military-to-military cooperation that the U.A.E. and U.S. enjoy today.” This DCA is a critical, foundational agreement that facilitates expanded cooperation in a host of areas such as bilateral and multilateral exercises, pre-positioning of personnel and equipment, SOF operations, and disaster and humanitarian relief operations.
The Business Council’s updated report on the U.S.-U.A.E. Defense and Security Relationship provides an overview of the key components of the relationship, including the new DCA. In the process, it highlights how the U.A.E. has become not just a consumer of security, but also a provider of security and a key U.S. partner in a volatile and dangerous region.An Enduring Partnership The U.S.-U.A.E. Defense and Security Relationship: An Update Back to Resources