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The Weaponization of Airspace | The Diplomat
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The Weaponization of Airspace | The Diplomat

The White House’s failure to defuse the crisis among the GCC member states is particularly striking given the importance of Qatar and the GCC to U.S. strategic interests in the region. During his testimony before Congress, General Joseph L. Votel, Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), noted that Qatar has provided “invaluable regional access” through basing and freedom of movement for U.S. forces at Camp As-Sayliyah and Al Udeid Air Base – home to the Combined Air Operations Center, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command Central Forward, and the CENTCOM Forward Headquarters. Pursuant to a formal defense cooperation agreement dating back to 1992, Qatar hosts approximately 10,000 U.S. service members, and aircraft launched from Al Udeid Air Base support operations throughout the region. Qatar is also the second-largest foreign military sales customer, ranging from sophisticated arms to missile defense systems, with $25 billion in new sales and potentially over $40 billion in purchases over the next five years.

Source: The Weaponization of Airspace | The Diplomat