Groups from 14 countries are taking part in two weeks of military drills that began in the UAE on Tuesday.
The 12th annual Eagle Resolve 2011 is designed to enhance co-operation between GCC countries and the US Central Command (Centcom).
This year's exercises involve hundreds of troops as well as representatives from government sectors and civil authorities from Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the US. The exercises will be directed by Centcom, according to WAM, the state news agency.
Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, France and South Korea are participating as observers.
The military drills and exercises are taking place on "land, territorial waters and the airspace of the UAE and a number of training areas of Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait", according to WAM.
"Our participation in Eagle Resolve highlights our dedication to GCC regional partners and our combined efforts to sustain regional security and stability," said Centcom Commander General James Mattis.
"The United States is committed to regional security with our allies in the Arabian Peninsula. Regularly scheduled exercises such as Eagle Resolve allow us the opportunity to operate with, contribute to and learn from our Gulf partners," he said.
The drills include exercises on chemical, biological and radiological warfare, border security and medical procedures.
The training also includes a theoretical component, with discussions and seminars on tactics, co-operation, regional stability and developing military and maritime capabilities.
"The exercise will enhance the process of deterrence against weapons of mass destruction, crisis and disaster management and anti-terrorist operations. It will also bolster international maritime security as per the joint defense agreement and defense co-operation between the GCC and the US," reported WAM.
Last year, Centcom hosted a different type of military exercise in the UAE. Leading Edge 2010 brought together troops from 30 nations and focused on the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), an international effort designed to help prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
PSI benefits the participating nations by providing them with a forum to share their lessons and tactics. Most of the exercises occurred in Mina Zayed port in Abu Dhabi.
The UAE has been benefiting from the expertise of the US Air Force since 2009, when a group of UAE fighter pilots were invited to take part in two weeks of combat exercises at Nellis Air Base, north of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The drills, known as Red Flag exercises, train pilots from the US and its allies in realistic war scenarios, including bombing exercises, and occur around four times a year. Fewer than 30 countries have been invited to Red Flag.
Source: The National