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2004-05-26 12:37:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Abu Dhabi
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UAE HOSTS ANNUAL EAGLE RESOLVE EXERCISE

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CONFIDENTIAL

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                             May 26, 2004


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Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1743 - PRIORITY)        

TAGS:     PREL, MASS, MCAP, MOPS                                 

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Subject:  UAE HOSTS ANNUAL EAGLE RESOLVE EXERCISE                

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						C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 ABU DHABI 001743 

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STATE FOR NEA/FO AND NEA/ARP

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/25/2014
TAGS: PREL MASS MCAP MOPS GCC TC
SUBJECT: UAE HOSTS ANNUAL EAGLE RESOLVE EXERCISE

Ref: Abu Dhabi 286

(U) Classified by Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba for reasons
1.5 (B) and (D).

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 ABU DHABI 001743

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STATE FOR NEA/FO AND NEA/ARP

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/25/2014
TAGS: PREL MASS MCAP MOPS GCC TC
SUBJECT: UAE HOSTS ANNUAL EAGLE RESOLVE EXERCISE

Ref: Abu Dhabi 286

(U) Classified by Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba for reasons
1.5 (B) and (D).


1. (C) Summary: The GCC states face a "real and growing
threat" from Weapons of Mass Destruction, and they should
act now to pool their resources and bolster their
cooperative defense, Commander of UAE Air Forces and Air
Defense, Staff Air Vice-Marshal Khalid Abdullah Mobarak Al-
Buainain told participants at the annual multinational
EAGLE RESOLVE exercise's Executive Seminar in Abu Dhabi on
May 23. Military officers from the GCC states and CENTCOM
assembled to conduct a series of table-top drills designed
to demonstrate how the different armed forces can better
cooperate to ensure that their air defenses can respond to
threats from WMD.


2. (C) The exercise, to which the Jordanians and Egyptians
were invited as observers, was another significant
illustration of the growing role the UAE military is
playing in the Gulf region. Last January, the UAE opened
the Gulf Air Warfare Center (GAWC) at the Al Dhafra Air
Base near Abu Dhabi, bringing together air force officers
from the U.S., UK, France, and the Gulf countries for joint
exercises and opportunities to exchange ideas and
experiences (see reftel). U.S. participation in the GAWC's
first exercise that concluded in February and a second
exercise that ended May 26 falls under the auspices of the
joint exercise IRON FALCON. End Summary.


3. (C) For the first time since 1999, when CENTCOM began
sponsoring EAGLE RESOLVE exercises under the auspices of
its Cooperative Defense Initiative for the GCC, the United
Arab Emirates played the role of host. There were
approximately 230 U.S. participants in the exercise, which
ran from May 15 to May 24. The exercise was divided into
two major segments - a computer-based command-and-control
scenario play (COORDEX), and an Executive Seminar for
Ministers of Defense, Chiefs of Defense, senior military

personnel, and Ambassadors to discuss the results of the
exercise, lessons learned, and the road ahead. Lt. General
Buchanan, Commander of USCENTAF, was the senior U.S.
military officer. USCENTCOM Commander General Abizaid and
Deputy Commander Lt. General Smith, and USNAVCENT Commander
Vice Admiral Nichols, could not attend because of other
priorities or commitments. All the GCC states with the
exception of Saudi Arabia attended the coordination
exercise, the Saudis saying that they never received an
invitation. The Saudis did, however, attend the May 23-24
EAGLE RESOLVE Executive Seminar, as did Ambassador
Oberwetter.


4. (C) At the Executive Seminar on May 23, the UAE Armed
Forces' Deputy Chief of Staff, Staff Maj. Gen. Hamad
Mohammed Thani Al-Rumaithy, Lt. Gen. Buchanan, and
Ambassador Wahba all made remarks underscoring the
importance of interoperability and cooperative defense.
Hamad Thani said cooperative defense was key to preserving
the peace and security of the region. Buchanan said the
need to defeat threats of WMD has been magnified since
EAGLE RESOLVE exercises began in 1999. The exercise is an
opportunity for the different armed forces to share
information and "come to the assistance of one another in
times of need," Buchanan said.


5. (C) UAE Air Forces and Air Defense Commander, Staff Air
Vice-Marshal Khalid Al-Buainain, said the UAE faced several
threats, including terrorism, cyber warfare, WMD, and
traditional ballistic missiles. The GCC as a whole needed
to make integrated missile defense a high priority, he
added. Khalid said the GCC states should commit themselves
to creating a region free of WMD, enhancing their military
interoperability, building a GCC conventional deterrence,
and holding additional joint exercises and training. As he
did during the inaugural GAWC ceremony, Khalid also talked
about the importance of intellectual interoperability among
the air forces of different countries being just as
important as the training, and encouraged the intellectual
exchange that will take place among cooperating nations as
they plan and carry out future exercises. "We need
complete transparency" when exchanging information.
"Information power is as important as firepower. The GCC
needs seamless information from commanders to warriors,"
Khalid said.


6. (C) Comment: EAGLE RESOLVE once again illustrated the
expanding nature of our bilateral military relationship
with the UAE, as well as the growing role the UAE military
is playing in the Gulf region. U.S. military officers
expressed great satisfaction with the UAE armed forces and
the conduct of the exercise. The UAE's AFAD Commander Al-
Buainain's renewed call for "multinational thinking" and
"cultural interoperability" have become trademarks of this
visionary in the UAE armed forces' ranks.

WAHBA