While the United States is thinking about containing it and deterrence, the GCC countries seem to follow the Arabic saying: “Keep close friends, but keep your enemies closer.” Nevertheless, the new defence pact is an opportunity to strengthen the security of GCC members, although it is unlikely to become an alternative to the U.S. security shield because of the ambiguity of relations between the region and Washington, but also new opportunities for American diplomacy. In 1984, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) decided to create a joint military force of 10,000 soldiers, divided into two brigades, the Peninsula Shield Force, based in Saudi Arabia, near the Kuwaiti and Iraqi borders.  The PSF is made up of infantry, armament, artillery and combat elements from each of the GCC countries. [Citation required] In 1992, the Peninsula Shield Force was led by a Saudi national near the military town of King Khalid in Hafar al-Batin and had an infantry brigade of 5,000 men from all GCC member states.  At the end of 2006, the Peninsula Shields Force had 7,000 troops and was acting as a joint intervention force to defend the common border between Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq. [Citation required] In November 2006, the GCC Joint Defence Council considered a Saudi proposal to strengthen shield capabilities and establish a common command and control system. [Citation required] Chuck Hagel called for closer cooperation within the GCC, including the sale of U.S. arms to the organization. Mutual defence between Gulf Cooperation Council States Mutual defence has always been the primary objective of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which links Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates) and DenOman. It was founded in 1981, shortly after the start of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, when revolutionary Iran – not Iraq – posed the greatest threat. Fearful of offending Tehran or Baghdad, the GCC`s objectives, as outlined in its charter, do not mention defence or military cooperation. If he had a watchword, it would probably be “attention.” After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwaiti troops in August 1990, it took several weeks for a GCC official to admit that military action should be considered as a means of expelling Iraqi forces. The text of the new agreement has not been published, but it is accepted that it will allow for a military communications network linking all States and a missile warning system.