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Kuwait Defence & Security Report

Published 25 March 2014

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Kuwait Defence & Security Report

BMI's Kuwait Defence & Security Report for Q114 examines the country's strategic position in the Middle East and globally. Kuwait continues to have a close defence relationship with the US and has reportedly increased the number of service personnel receiving training in foreign academies. In the last quarter, Kuwait has had yet another election, leading to the appointment of a new defence minister. Despite this - and ongoing sectarian tensions linked to the conflict in Syria - overall stability is such that continued defence links with the US and Western arms contractors will be maintained.

The report examines the trends occurring in the country's current and future defence procurement and the order of battle across its armed forces. BMI's general conclusion is that Kuwait remains vulnerable to regional instability, both due to the civil war in Syria and also the possible consequences of any US/Israeli attack on Iran.

Kuwait still has a very weak domestic defence industry, although August 2013 reports that Kuwait Aerospace Technologies was working to test UAV technology with a Swedish firm seem to have bucked this trend. Nevertheless, the country is attempting to increase its military profile. In late September 2013, Kuwait hosted the first Annual Military Logistics conference, with a range of foreign militaries represented, as well as US defence major Raytheon.

Over the last quarter, Kuwait thanked neighbouring Saudi Arabia for its hosting of 30 Kuwaiti personnel at a military academy. This brings the number of Kuwaiti military staff receiving training at overseas institutions to over 100.

Regionally, Iran's covert ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes continue to guide the security debate in the Gulf, with a growing interest in developing some form of collective missile defence. Having already spelled out its future military commitment to the region, the US is now pushing for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to start integrating their...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
7
SWOT Analysis
9
Kuwait Security SWOT
9
Kuwait Defence & Security SWOT
11
Political SWOT
13
Economic SWOT
14
Business Environment SWOT
15
Industry Forecast
17
Defence Expenditure
17
Table: Kuwait's Defence Expenditure, 2011-2018
18
Armed Forces
19
Table: Kuwait's Armed Forces, 2000-2009 ('000 personnel, unless otherwise stated)
20
Table: Manpower Available For Military Service, 2011-2018 (aged 16-49 unless otherwise stated)
20
Defence Trade
21
Table: Kuwait's Defence Trade Balance, 2011-2018 (US$mn)
22
Exports
22
Table: Kuwait's Defence Exports, 2011-2018 (US$mn)
23
Imports
24
Macroeconomic Forecasts
26
Economic Analysis
26
Table: Kuwait - Economic Activity
33
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
34
MENA Security Risk Ratings
34
Table: Middle East And Africa Regional Security Ratings
34
Table: Middle East And Africa State Vulnerability To Terrorism Index
35
Kuwait Security Risk Ratings
35
Market Overview
37
Kuwait Defence Market Overview
37
Armed Forces And Government Spending
37
Government Spending
42
Industry Trends And Developments
42
Weapons Of Mass Destruction
43
Arms Trade Overview
43
Kuwait Security Overview
44
Domestic Threats
44
Regional Threats
44
International Threats
45
Regional Overview
49
Middle East and Africa Security Overview
49
Global Industry Overview
65
Global Political Outlook
65
Table: Election Timetable, 2014
70
Methodology
74
Industry Forecast Methodology
74
Sector-Specific Methodology
75
Sources
76
Risk/Reward Rating Methodology
76
Sector-Specific Methodology
77
Table: Security Risk/Reward Ratings Indicators
77
Table: Weighting Of Indicators
78

The Kuwait Defence & Security Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent forecasts for national and international security, the defence industry, military expenditure, employment in arms production, and arms imports and exports, as well as examining industry trends and prospects, national and multinational arms producers and the regulatory environment.

BMI's Kuwait Defence & Security Report provides professionals, consultancies, government departments, regulatory bodies and researchers with independent forecasts and regional competitive intelligence on the Kuwaiti defence and security industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent defence and security industry forecasts on Kuwait to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and strategic business planning in the Kuwaiti defence and security market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Kuwaiti defence and security sector through reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Kuwait.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. KPIs and latest activity).

Coverage

Global and Regional Political Outlooks

A strategic overview of the world's major political risks, identifying countries facing leadership successions and nations at risk of upheaval, inter-state conflict or separatism and insurgencies, plus a summary of the world's 'wild card' low-probability high-impact risks.

SWOT Analysis

Snapshot evaluation of the major issues affecting the defence and security sectors, economy and politics, with issues subdivided into 'Strengths', 'Weaknesses', 'Opportunities' and 'Threats'.

Political Risk Assessment

Drawing on BMI's heritage of more than 25 years of Country Risk analysis, this comprehensively evaluates the key risks to domestic politics and foreign relations, focusing on issues most likely to affect either domestic security or the defence sector.

Security Risk Analysis

BMI's proprietary Security Risk Ratings provide a reliable - and country comparable - guide to conflict, terrorism and criminal risk, backed up by our analyst's latest assessment of each component. Furthermore, drawing on our country risk expertise, we assess the state's vulnerability to a serious - or prolonged - terrorist campaign.

Armed Forces Spending/Expenditure

The reports contain a detailed breakdown of areas of expenditure by the armed forces, these include spending on international deployments, WMDs and missile defence systems as well as individual breakdowns of the cost-per-soldier.

Domestic Security Overview

The domestic security overview lists the various potential internal security threats facing a country, ranging from internal security issues such as terrorism, cyber terrorism, crime and drugs, to external security issues including general defence procedures and potential threats from specific countries.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series and forecasts to end-2018 for key industry indicators supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

Budgets & Expenditure: Defence expenditure (local currency and US$bn); defence expenditure (% of total budget); defence expenditure (% of GDP); defence expenditure per capita, US$; defence budget (local currency and US$bn).

Employment: Employment in arms production (`000s); employment in arms production (% of labour force).

Macroeconomic: BMI's forecasts and analysis of all headline macroeconomic indicators, including real GDP growth, inflation, fiscal balance, trade balance, current account and external debt.

Company Profiles

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

Domestic Security Overview

The reports also provide a regional overview which details specific issues and flashpoints affecting , along with potential risks in the coming year.

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