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Israeli Military Invests In Cyber Warfare

The Israel Defense Forces shift emphasis away from conventional weaponry.
Israeli soldiers from Rafael- Israel's Armament Development Authority, fly the new drone (remote-piloted vehicle), during a demonstration for the Israel Defence Forces In Gahash near Tel Aviv November 21, 2005. The new drone is part of the "SkyLite" family of mini remote-piloted vehicles that gather intelligence for field and special forces using an electro optic sensor. - RTXNAV6
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A few weeks ago, I published here in Al-Monitor a long talk I had with a colonel who had just been discharged from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). During that talk, the officer, who wished to remain anonymous, dismissed all the age-old conventions held by a consensus of the Israeli defense establishment over more than a generation.

There's no need, he said, for so many tanks; there's no need, he asserted, to have so many planes; the Israeli defense doctrine should be changed and revamped to meet the events in the Arab world in general and the challenges of the future battlefields in particular.

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