There are many strong ties that bind together the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Some of these bonds are invisible. The growing integration of military assets along with their command and control systems is not noticeable. In a region riven with conflict, security actually demands a low profile for the considerable work being done to enhance the GCC’s joint defensive capability. Thus the most that many GCC citizens knew about the establishment of its own ground units and a joint naval task force, was from reports of the Council’s summit this week in Doha.