DUBAI — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) armed forces, while considered highly capable among other militaries in the Arabian Gulf, still has huge obstacles to overcome when it comes to increasing the combat capability of the force.

One company taking part in that transformation is Virginia-based Knowledge International, which has become the main conduit of US military expertise to the gulf state.

Since 2010, the company has provided 125 former US Army officers to train Emirati soldiers in their mandate to transform the UAE’s land forces along US lines, Dan Monahan, Knowledge International’s managing director, said in an interview in Dubai last week.  […]