The United States finally has a capable partner in the Middle East, but with military competence comes increasing policy independence.
Joseph W. Rank retired as a brigadier general after 30 years in the U.S. Army. During his time in uniform, he served as the U.S. defense attaché in Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan and the UAE and as the acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East policy, among other postings. He is currently the chief executive and vice president at Lockheed Martin Saudi Arabia, a nonresident scholar of the Middle East Institute and nonresident faculty member at the U.S. Army War College.
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