The Implications of the Possible End of the Arab-Israeli Conflict for Gulf Security
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This report is intended to help the U.S. military — especially the U.S. Air Force — capitalize on changes in the Middle East security environment that may come about after a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace. It offers an overview of how the Arab-Israeli dispute has complicated U.S. efforts to defend the Persian Gulf region and details ways in which Israeli participation might aid the U.S. Air Force in future crises if peace reduces the stigma attached to an Israeli security role in the area. The report concludes by noting the implications of the above points for the U.S. military.
Table of Contents
The Importance of the Persian Gulf
Israel’s Influence on the U.S. Presence in the Gulf
Cautious Progress on Cooperation
The Value of Israeli Participation to the U.S. Air Force in the Event of a Crisis in the Region
Scenarios Potentially Involving a U.S. Military Response
Implications for Gulf Security and the U.S. Air Force
Future Fault Lines
The State of U.S.-Israel Cooperation Today
On Weapons of Mass Destruction
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This study was conducted as part of the Strategy and Doctrine program of Project AIR FORCE, headed by Dr. Zalmay M. Khalilzad. The study was sponsored by the Director of Plans, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force (AF/XOX).
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