Toward Effective Military and Security Integration

  • 15 November 2014

The recommendation made by the GCC Joint Defense Council to the Supreme Council for establishing a joint naval force – during its 13th session in Kuwait on Wednesday – comes at a time of turmoil and security threats for the entire region and Gulf in particular. The security and logistical importance of this establishment is evident from the fact that it would enhance GCC security and actively contribute toward establishing regional balance and therefore ensure stability and prosperity for this vital region and for the world at large.

Over the years, the ECSSR has been keen to organize events to explore developments and challenges related to regional security and ways to enhance its role in maintaining maritime security and protecting vital interests in its fight against terrorism and maritime piracy. Among the recommendations made during the symposium ‘Security in the Arabian Gulf’ – organized by ECSSR on 9 December 2013 in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies – was the importance of formulating a comprehensive and long-term security strategy encompassing border, maritime, air, and electronic domains by establishing an integrated military and security network under a unified leadership and a single operations command.

There is no doubt that establishment of a joint GCC Naval Force will help accomplish collective military objectives and provide strong support for the command of the ‘Peninsula Shield Force’. This has received attention due to the persistent follow-up from their Majesties and Highnesses, leaders of the GCC, thus implementing and realizing the directives and decisions issued by the Supreme Council and its Joint Defense Council.

The people of the GCC, due to their common destiny, historic and geographical relations and brotherly ties, hope that the collective decision of its leaders would be effective across all fields, in a way that would safeguard their achievements and gains made over several decades. This is especially important considering the threat terrorism poses to development, security and stability in many Arab and African countries. The need of the hour is that the people and leaders show complete readiness and determination to tackle these challenges.

The region is not inferior to other developing countries such as China, India, Brazil and South Africa. Our people aspire for collective wisdom that would translate sources of power available to us in the GCC such as geographically strategic location, vast land area, a large population, natural wealth, financial resources, intelligence and wisdom. These can be developed into a model with collective decisions that would cope with the challenges of the next millennium.