The U.S. is building a strategic cooperative defense network in the Middle East to counter Iranian nuclear ambitions, a network that includes the deployment of radar systems, mine countermeasure resources and F-22 jet fighters, aided by sales of weapons systems to allies in the region. "A key element of our efforts to counter Iranian threats is building a cooperative defense network, raising the military capabilities of our partners in the gulf who share our commitment to regional security and our concerns about Iran and violent extremism on the Arabian Peninsula," says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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