This book provides an extensive military and strategic analysis of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula, assessing the regional military balance, the internal security and stability of each Gulf nation, the evolution of each nation's forces from 1969 into 1983, and the impact of defense spending and Western and Soviet-bloc arms sales in the region. Comprehensive statistics are provided on arms transfers to each country since 1969 and on the forces each nation is capable of deploying in the Gulf.
Table of Contents
1 The Strategic Importance of the Gulf States. 2 The Strategic Emergence of the Gulf. 3 Saudi-U.S. Military Relations: The Formative Period 4 Saudi Military Modernization, 1963-1970 5 Saudi Military Modernization from the British 6 Saudi Military Modernization, 1975-1980 7 Saudi-U.S. Relations at the Beginning of the 1980s 8 The Origins of the AWACS Sale 9 The Saudi Air Defense Enhancement Package and the Lessons of the AWACS Debate 10 Trends in Saudi Military Modernization and in Saudi-U.S. Military Relations, 11 Strategic Stability and the Other Gulf States: 12 Oman and the Yemens: The Lessons of War 13 Dynamics of the Military Balance 14 Oil, Lines of Communication, and Strategic Vulnerability ... 541 15 The Military and Internal Security Situation in the Smaller Conservative Gulf Countries . . 16 The Military and Internal Security Situation in the Northern Gulf Countries 17 Once the Fighting Pauses: The Trends in Iran and Iraq 18 The Military Threat from the Yemens, the Red Sea Nations, and Other Neighboring States 19 U.S. and Soviet Power Projection Capabilities in the Gulf 20 U.S.-Soviet Competition in Gulf Arms Transfers 21 Achieving a Strategic Partnership in the Gulf: The Problem of Peace.
Anthony H. Cordesman has had many years of experience in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the State Department, and the Department of Energy in analyzing the military balance and strategic situation in the Gulf region and Near East.