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    • Michael N
    • 23.04.07 | 17:14 (IDT)

    Following the 1982 Peace for Galilee operation, the then Israeli Chief of staff Moshe Levi asked Colonel Emanuel Wald, a system analyst and the then chief of the section for long range military palnning in the MIlitary Headquarters, to prepare him a a report regarding the build up of the IDF in the following 10 years based on the analysis of the previous Israeli Arab wars. Wald reported that the IDF lost its offensive power, that it lost its defensive capabilities are waning and that it ought to undergo profounf reformative changes. Wald charges that inspite the lessons learned from the 1967, 1973 and 1982 wars the IDF repeats the same mistakes. Instead of correcting the mistakes identified, the IDF has spent its efforts and resources on inflating beaurocracies and services insted on concentrating on its fighting forces. As a result the upper command echelon lacks strategic thinking and on the tactical level is in professional, while the reserve forces are under trained.

    from the article: A war in the summer?
    First published 00:00 23.04.07 | Last updated 00:00 23.07.07
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