The Head of the Ground Force Command recently discussed the IDF (Zahal)’s upcoming multi-year plan, focusing on the main points concerning the Ground Forces

Date: 15/09/2012, 10:56 PM     Author: Iddan Sonsino

Head of the Ground Force Command Brig. Gen. Eyal Zamir discussed the IDF (Zahal)’s multi-year plan on Wednesday (September 12), providing an initial survey of its essential points regarding the Ground Forces. The overview, focusing on the Forces’ goals and challenges, was given at the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism, which was sponsored by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism and hosted by the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliyah.

Brig. Gen. Zamir stated that the multi-year plan, which is currently being finalized by Israel’s senior defense leadership, emphasizes the development of the independent power of the battalions and brigades – meaning that certain powers that have so far belonged exclusively to the higher ranks will now be transferred to smaller units. “On today’s battlefield, the development of a strong battalion is the key that provides a solution for different combat scenarios,” he said. A similar process has already been seen in recent years, as in the transfer of artillery capabilities to infantry battalions.

“The plan’s emphasis will be on four points,” explained Brig. Gen. Zamir. “First, advanced field intelligence capabilities, which will allow us to locate the disappearing enemy, whom it is impossible to find simply with binoculars today.” The other three points he listed are lethality (“more available, autonomous, and deadly firepower for the battalions”), tactical command and control capabilities, and resiliency (particularly focusing on the Trophy active defense system, which defends tanks from incoming missiles).

“As a military, we are prepared for pessimistic situations, and the land forces are always characterized by their ability to provide solutions to a variety of threats. Our preparation is based, first and foremost, on war scenarios, and on this basis we make changes to suit anti-terror combat,” he stated.

As an example of how the Ground Forces develop their forces while preparing for a variety of threats, he discussed the current situation in Syria. “Today we are working opposite two extreme [potential] scenarios in Syria,” explained Brig. Gen. Zamir. “The first is a situation in which the government gradually falls apart, so that terror organizations utilize the power vacuum and try to act on the border. The second extreme is a situation in which a new government with an extremist ideology arises in the country. We are preparing ourselves so that we will be ready simultaneously for two opposed scenarios like these.”