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Saudi Arabia : national security in a troubled region

Saudi Arabia : national security in a troubled region

Author: Anthony H Cordesman; Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.)
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger Security International, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Saudi Arabia has the largest oil reserves in the world, the largest oil production capacity, and one of the largest gas reserves. But the importance of the nation goes beyond oil. Saudi Arabia dominates the Southern Gulf, and the security of the smaller Southern Gulf States is in many ways dependent on its security. In addition, Saudi Arabia is the location of the two holiest places in Islam and its stability and
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony H Cordesman; Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.)
ISBN: 9780313380761 0313380767
OCLC Number: 320194080
Notes: "Published in cooperation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C."
Description: xiii, 372 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Saudi Arabia's Changing Strategic Dynamics --
Strategic Dynamics --
Security Dynamics --
Dynamics of Extension and Terrorism --
Economic, Demographic, and Political Dynamics --
Strategic Chalenges --
Uncertain Threat(s) from Iran --
Iran's Conventional and Asymmetric Forces --
Iran's Missiles and Nuclear Program --
The Iranian Challenge: Containment, Hegemony or "Shi'ite Crescent" --
Other Potential Iranian Threats --
The Uncertain Future of Iraq --
Planning for Best and Worst Cases --
Saudi Views on Iran's Role in Iraq's Internal Affairs --
Regional Insurgency: The Potential Spillover Effect --
The Broader Threat from Foreign Fighters --
Yemen and the Red Sea --
The Yemeni Problem --
Demographics, Poverty, and Instability --
The Threat of Illegal Immigration --
The Saudi Yemeni Border --
Host and Breeding Group for Terrorism --
Implications for Saudi Arabia and the Southern Gulf Region --
Other Red Sea Challenges --
Collective Security and Relations with the GCC --
Military Cooperation --
Cooperation in Counterterrorism --
Redefining Partnership with the United States, The United Kingdom, and France --
The Arab -Israeli Challenge --
Terrorism and Counterterrorism --
The Key Threat: Al Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula --
Saudi Internal Security Before 9/11 --
Saudi Response to 9/11 --
The Impact of AQAP Attacks in May 2003 --
Socioeconomic Challenges --
The Economic Challenge --
The Demographic and Unemployment Challenge --
Prospects for Saudi Stability --
The Impact of the Changing Military Balance in the Gulf --
Key Shifts Affecting the Gulf Balance --
The Growth of Iranian Power and Influence in the Northern Gulf --
The Impact of Iran-Iraq War --
The Impact of Gulf War --
The Impact of the Invasion of Iraq --
Iran's Focus on Missiles and Asymmetric Warfare --
Iran's Growing Asymmetric Forces --
IRGC Quds Force --
IRGC Naval Forces --
Iran's WMDs and Missile Forces --
Terrorism and Extremism, the Revolution in Military Affairs, and an Emeging Nuclear Threat --
Shifts in Energy Exports --
The Impact of Resources --
Resources: Saudi and GCC Strength vs. Iranian Weakness --
Saudi Cooperation with Other Gulf States --
Priorities for Cooperation within the Southern Gulf --
Saudi and Southern Gulf Cooperation with the United States --
Key Issues in Force Development --
"Snapshots" of Comparative Force Strength --
Adapting to the Changing Nature of Military Power --
The Strengths of Advanced Military Powers --
The Vulnerabilities of Less Advanced Military Forces --
The Threat of Asymmetric Warfare and Nonstate Actors --
The Vulnerability of Conventional Military Power --
Nonstate Actors as a Transnational Threat --
The Saudi National SecurityApparatus --
The National Command Authority --
The Role of the Saudi National Security Council --
The Role of the Saudi Armed Forces --
Defence Posture, Doctrine, and Strategy --
The Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLFs) --
The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) --
The Royal Saudi Navy (RSN) --
The Royal Saudi Air Defense Force (RSADF) --
The Role of the Saudi Arabian National Guard --
The Role of the Internal Security Forces --
The Public Security Directorate (PSD) --
The Special Emergency Force --
The General Directorate of Investigation (GDI) --
The General Security Services --
The National Information Center --
Al Haya --
The Facilities Security Force --
The Mujahideen --
The Border Guard --
The Coast Guard --
The Special Security Force (SSF) --
The General Intelligence Presidency --
The Search for Jointness --
Improving Jointness in the Regular Services --
Establishing Jointness in Counterterrorism --
The Importance of Consensus and Consultation --
Saudi Military Spending and arms Imports --
Saudi Military and Security Spending --
Finding the Proper Level of Expenditure --
Saudi Arms Imports --
Arms Deliveries and Diversification --
New Arms Agreements --
The Arms Import Impact of the Gulf War --
Arms Imports in the 1990s --
Current Saudi Arms Imports --
Saudi Military Manpower --
Saudi Manpower Trends --
The Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLFS) --
The Changing Regional Balance in Land Forces --
Force Strength and Structure --
Force Strength --
Order of Battle and Deployments --
Saudi Armed Forces --
Tanks --
Other Armored Fighting Vehicles --
Armored Personal Carriers --
Future Challenges --
Saudi Antitank Weapon --
Saudi Artillery --
Saudi Light and Medium Air Defense Weapons --
Saudi Land Forces Aviation --
Facilities and Infrastructure --
Improving Facilities and Infrastructure --
Creating Nation and Gulf-Wide Development Capability --
Finding the Right Mix of Contractor Support --
Developing New RSLF Equipment Evaluation Capabilities --
Overall Capabilities --
Improving Training --
Broader Issues --
The Saudi National Guard --
Strength and Organization --
Regular Forces --
Tribal or Fouji Forces --
Major Combat Equipment --
Mordanization and New Mission Requirements --
Overall Capabilities --
The Saudi Navy --
The Changing Regional Balance --
Strength and Organization --
Combat Strength --
Modernization Plans --
Smaller Combat Ships, Mine Warfare, and Support Forces --
Submarines --
Marine and Amphibious Forces --
Naval Aviation --
Roles, Missions, and Capability --
The Saudi Air Force --
The Changing Regional Balance of Air and Air Defense Forces --
Restoring Saudi Warfighting Capability --
Strength and Structure --
Combat Aircraft --
Upgrades to RSAF Combat Aircraft --
F-15 Sustainment Enhancement --
Upgrading the RSAF Tornados --
The Eurofighter Typhoon --
Purchasing the Rafale? --
Reconnaissance and Early Warning --
Training Aircraft --
Refueling, Transport, and Support --
Munitions and Spares --
Support, Training, Logistics, and Sustainment --
Overall Capabilities --
Saudi Land-Based Air Defenses --
The Changing Balance of Air and Missile Defense --
The Saudi Air Defense Force --
The Portrait and the I-Hawk --
Other Land-Based Air Defenses --
Key Facilities --
Overall Capabilities --
Iran's Uncertain Threat, Saudi Missile Forces, and the Possibility of Saudi Weapons of Mass Destruction --
The Uncertain Iranian Threat --
Iran's Impact on the Regional Military Balance --
The U.S. National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's Nuclear Forces --
The Director of National Intelligence's Follow-Up to the NIE --
A Continuing Process of Discovery --
If Iran Becomes a Serious Nuclear Weapons Power --
Saudi Interest in Acquiring Nuclear Weapons --
Saudi Ballistic Missile Forces: Modernizing the CSS-2 --
The Saudi CSS-2 Force --
Dubious Effectiveness --
CSS-2 Replacement --
Holding on to a "White-Elephant" --
Missile Defences --
NBC Defense Capabilities --
An Uncertain Future --
Saudi Arabia's Internal Security Forces --
The Pivotal Role of the Ministry of Interior --
The Police and Security Services --
The General Security Services --
The General Intelligence Presidency --
The Changing Role of GIP --
Changes in the GIP Leadership --
The Future Role and Capabilities of the GIP --
Border and Coastal Security --
The Role of the Border Guard --
Creating a Saudi Yemeni Border Surveillance and Defense System --
Creating a Saudi-Iraqi Border Security System --
The Saudi Coastal Forces or "Coast Guard" --
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Saudi Facilities Security --
Terrorist Threat to Energy Security --
Accessing the Saudi Security Forces Performance at Abqaiq --
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice or Religious Police --
Security and the Role of the Judicial System --
U.S. Evaluations of Saudi Progress in Counterterrorism --
The Saudi Institutional Approach to Counterterrorism --
Fighting Terrorism at the Institutional Level --
International Cooperation --
Combating Terrorist Financing and Money Laundering --
Regulating Charitable Organizations --
Legal and Regulatory Actions to Combat Terrorism --
Reeducating Reintegrating Saudi Terrorists --
The Religious, Political, Economic, and Educational Aspects of Saudi National Security: "Soft" Counterterrorism --
Religious Reform --
Political and Governance Reform --
Educational Reform --
Economic Reform --
Saudi Use of the Media --
The Years to Come --
Putting Saudi National Security in Perspective --
Saudi Military Forces --
Saudi Internal Security.
Responsibility: Anthony H. Cordesman.


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