A mix of political and economic upheaval concerns in the Gulf region is driving regional powers to look away from the US for military needs, experts warn.

The US’ abrupt withdrawal of military support to Egypt after the Arab Spring, as well as the perceived retreat from the Gulf region, have combined with dropping gas prices and an increasingly strong dollar to give Middle Eastern nations incentive to turn back toward Europe, or even to Russia and China, when looking to buy new equipment.

Gulf countries are re-emphasizing the need to dual-source, for fear the US could pull support for American products at a moment’s notice. […]