The Israel Air Force (IAF) has a rich history of employing unmanned aerial vehicles in battle with excellent results, and is set to expand significantly its drone operations in the coming decades, as the increasing sophistication of these vehicles makes them suitable for a rapidly expanding set of roles. In the future, the IAF’s drone force could alter Israel’s strategic landscape, reinforcing both its nuclear and conventional deterrence, as well as making it less dependent on American military assistance.
Volume 8, No. 2 – June 2004 ARMORED BREAKTHROUGH:THE 1965 AMERICAN SALE OF TANKS TO ISRAEL By David Rodman In late July 1965, the United States sold 210 M-48 Patton tanks to Israel. Though the Kennedy administration had already agreed to provide Israel with heavy weapons, this sale constituted the first occasion on which the […]
Editor’s Summary: Throughout its history, Israel has faced acute challenges to its national security. Despite this condition, it has never officially articulated all the elements of its national security doctrine. Yet Israel’s response to these challenges has not been haphazard. A set of basic security concepts has informed the state’s conduct with respect to low-intensity […]