The United States and Qatar are working collectively towards the common goal of a stable, secure, and prosperous Middle East. Qatar is also a vital U.S. partner on a wide range of regional security issues, a member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and provides critical basing access supporting U.S. military operations throughout the Middle East. The United States works with Qatar and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council to increase cooperation on border security, maritime security, military preparedness, arms transfers, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism. The access, basing, and overflight privileges granted by Qatar facilitate U.S. operations against al-Qa’ida its regional and global affiliates.
As highlighted in the January 2019 U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue’s Joint Declaration, the U.S. and Qatar emphasized the vital contribution their defense partnership provides for the security and stability of the region. This strong and lasting partnership is key to successfully combating terrorism, countering violent extremism, and deterring external aggression.
The U.S. has $25 billion dollars in active government-to-government sales cases with Qatar under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) system. FMS sales notified to Congress are listed here, and recent and significant prior sales include: F-15QA fighter aircraft and associated weapons packages and base construction programs, AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) systems, upgrades for the Qatari Emirati Air Force’s (QEAF) Air Operation Center, Mk-V Fast Patrol Boats, C-17 aircraft support, Patriot missile defense systems, and Javelin missiles.
Since 2014, the U.S. has also authorized the permanent export of over $2.8 billion in defense articles to Qatar via the Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) process. The top categories of DCS to Qatar include: military electronics, aircraft, and fire control/night vision. Qatar has purchased nine C-17 transport aircraft via the DCS system. In addition, Qatar has been a reliable recipient of DCS and FMS as evidenced by their 100% favorable rate on Blue Lantern end use monitoring (EUM) checks for DCS (well above the global average of 75%) and a SATISFACTORY rating for the FMS Golden Sentry EUM monitoring program.
Since 2003, Qatar has contributed more than $8 billion in developing al-Udeid Air Base for use by the United States, and the base is host to the forward headquarters of U.S. Central Command Forward, U.S. Air Force Central Command Forward, and U.S. Special Operations Command Forward, as well as Combined Joint Interagency Task Force – Syria, U.S. Central Command’s 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. Qatar also provides support to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 152 (CTF-152), a multinational naval partnership that conducts maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. These missions increase regional security by providing a visible presence and deterrent to maritime crime in the Arabian Gulf.
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