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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 10:16 p.m. PST

….Force Rules.

"Since the 1960s, the air arm of the Israel Defense Forces (colloquially the IAF) has played a central role in the country's defense. The ability of the Israeli Air Force to secure the battlefield and the civilian population from enemy air attack has enabled the IDF to fight at a huge advantage. At the same time, the IAF has demonstrated strategic reach, attacking critical targets at considerable distance.

The dominance of the IAF has come about through effective training, the weakness of its foes, and a flexible approach to design and procurement. Over the years, the Israelis have tried various strategies for filling their air force with fighters, including buying from France, buying from the United States and building the planes themselves. They seem to have settled on a combination of the last two, with great effect…."


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Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 7:52 a.m. PST

Well, when most of the world wants to finish the job of the concentration camps you do what you have to do to survive.


Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 10:35 a.m. PST

Stone Mountain!



Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 10:54 a.m. PST

Well said Stone Mountain.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 11:23 a.m. PST

Stone + 1 (smile)

יחי ישראל!


Dn Jackson14 Feb 2020 3:38 p.m. PST

Too true. They can't afford to lose.

arealdeadone14 Feb 2020 5:12 p.m. PST

When your average opponent is equipped with 1970s vintage Air Defence (ie Syria) or no air defence (ie Lebanon) then it is not really a competition.

The Israelis are superb but I have my doubts that they are as good as 1950s-80s. A report into 2008 Lebanon War revealed lots of bad habits in the army whilst the shooting down of an F-16I (by an antiquainted S200) revealed lots of bad habits in the air force. The successful attack on an Israeli corvette by Hezbollah also revealed bad habits in the navy.

Whether these have been rectified is anyone's guess. It is extremely hard work changing organisational culture.

And military service is no longer regarded as prestigious in Israel with many youngsters finding a way to avoid it either due to religion or university. With a booming economy and tech sector I don't know if the IDF still attracts the best candidates for its officer corps.

Same problems afflict the West as a whole.

nsolomon9914 Feb 2020 7:01 p.m. PST

+1 Stone Mountain

Lost Wolf14 Feb 2020 7:56 p.m. PST

What Stone Mountain said

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