Bloomberg quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on the military capacity of the United Arab Emirates and what it means for the fight against ISIS:

The UAE already leads the region in military maintenance and can easily compete with midsize European and Asian rivals in drones, munitions and armor, said Bilal Saab, senior fellow for Mideast security at the in Washington.


Still, the spread of ISIS has emphasized the importance of air power, special forces and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, areas in which the UAE can’t generally meet its own requirements unaided, so that military self-sufficiency “is not achievable anytime soon,” Saab said.

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