The IDF on All Fronts: Dealing with Israeli Strategic Uncertainty

Ifri’s Defence Research Unit has just published the issue #45 bis of its Focus stratégique series entitled:

The IDF on All Fronts: Dealing with Israeli Strategic Uncertainty

Pierre Razoux is Director of Research at the Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM). He has written a number of works on the Israeli-Arab conflict, thumb including Tsahal : nouvelle histoire de l’armée israélienne (Paris, healing Perrin, 2008).

His Focus stratégique can be downloaded here.

Abstract of the article:

Facing threats on all its borders as well as social, economic and religious tensions, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are now under significant pressure in accomplishing their core mission: the survival of the State of Israel. While the post-Arab Spring Middle East appears driven by continuing political instability, endemic violence and terrorism, the IDF are attempting to maintain full-spectrum capability in order to respond to a variety of challenges, one at a time or all at the same time if need be. To that end, the IDF are considering both defensive and offensive strategies, the former involving a physical territorial fence, deterrence and missile defense, and the latter involving long-range strikes and raids by special operations forces. To deliver on that ambitious agenda, the IDF need to continue upgrading all their service components – ground forces, air force, navy, and increasingly important cyber force – in a way that is sustainable for both the country’s economy and its society.

Content:

Introduction

Uncertain politics,  fragmented society

Grounds for Strategic Non-choice

A Progressive? Military System

Conclusion

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