U.S. Security Cooperation With Qatar

Fact Sheet
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
March 1, 2016

The U.S.-Qatar Security Cooperation relationship is critical to achieving shared security objectives in the region. The United States and Qatar share a common goal of working collectively to establish a stable, secure, and prosperous Middle East, partnering on a range of urgent issues, including countering the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and working to support the moderate opposition in Syria. The partnership facilitates ongoing U.S. operations and contingency planning through the access, basing, and overflight provided by Qatar. Qatar is an important partner in the counter-ISIL coalition, and, as a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Qatar is a key partner for U.S. multilateral efforts in the region. Building on the May 14, 2015 Camp David summit, the United States is working with the GCC to increase cooperation on maritime security, military preparedness, arms transfers, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism. Qatar is investing heavily to modernize its military to protect from external aggression and increase its expeditionary capability to participate in regional security efforts.

  • In 2014, Qatar was the largest customer of the United States for foreign military sales, purchasing more than $10 billion in advanced military equipment (Apache helicopters, Patriot missile defense, and Javelin missiles). Qatar also purchased eight C-17s and four C-130Js via direct commercial sales.
  • The United States is working with Qatar and the other GCC states to develop a region-wide ballistic missile defense capability, including through the development of a ballistic missile early warning system.
  • Qatar invested $5 billion in developing Al Udeid Air Base, which is host to U.S. Central Command Forward, U.S. Air Force Central Command Forward, U.S. Special Operations Command Forward, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force –Syria, the Combined Air Operations Center, and the 379th Air Wing.
  • Camp As-Sayliyah Army Base serves as a key theater logistics node and plays host to various Army tenants.
  • Qatar has hosted several multilateral exercises, including seven iterations of Exercise Eagle Resolve and Exercise Leading Edge in November 2015, in support of the USCENTCOM exercise program.