The U.S.-Qatar Security Cooperation relationship is critical to achieving shared security objectives in the region. The United States and Qatar share a common goal of working collectively to establish a stable, secure, and prosperous Middle East, partnering on a range of urgent issues, including countering the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and promoting regional stability. Our partnership facilitates ongoing U.S. operations and contingency planning through the access, basing, and overflight provided by Qatar.
As highlighted in the January 2018 U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue’s Joint Declaration, the United States shares with Qatar a “deep interest in a region that is peaceful and prosperous, and a vital interest in supporting the political independence and territorial integrity, safe from external aggression, of Qatar.” As such, the two partners committed to work jointly to deter and confront any external threat to Qatar’s territorial integrity that is inconsistent with the United Nations Charter. They further committed to expand the bilateral military partnership and synchronize strategic priorities, including in joint training exercises and cooperation on maritime security, military preparedness, arms transfers, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism.
With an expected $24 billion in foreign military sales by the end of 2018, Qatar is one of the top customers of the United States for defense procurements. These sales include the June 2017 sale of 36 F-15 fighters for $12.4 billion, $10 billion in advanced military equipment purchased in 2014 (Apache helicopters, Patriot missile defense, and Javelin missiles) and nine C-17 aircraft acquired via the direct commercial sales process.
Since 2003, Qatar has contributed more than $8 billion in developing Al-Udeid Air Base, which is host to U.S. Central Command Forward, U.S. Air Force Central Command Forward, U.S. Special Operations Command Forward, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force –Syria, the Combined Air Operations Center, and the U.S. Air Force’s 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. These contributions are indispensable to supporting U.S. military operations throughout the region. Camp As-Sayliyah Army Base also serves as a key theater logistics hub and hosts elements from U.S. Army Central Command.
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