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Dan Arkin

French President Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel (Photo: AP)

Germany, France to Set Up Joint European Intervention Force

The initiative, which will include 12 European countries, is expected to strengthen the links between the armed forces of the member countries, with the aim of developing a common strategic culture and European strategic autonomy

An IAF C-130 Hercules (Photo: IDF)

Far-Reaching, Stealthy and Surprising

The long-serving heavy transport aircraft of the IAF, the C-130 Hercules ("Karnaf") is undergoing a process of upgrading and modification, and will be known henceforth as the "Avionics Karnaf." A special visit to the IAF's 131st Squadron provides a glimpse into the heavy transporters following their facelift

From RIMPAC 2016. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joseph M. Buliavac - https://www.dvidshub.net/image/2747116/underway-replenishment-rimpac-2016#, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50646245

Israel Takes Part in US-led Exercises in Eastern Europe, Pacific for the First Time

The IDF will participate in RIMPAC, the world’s largest naval exercise off the coast of Hawaii, as well as in Swift Response, a major ground exercise sweeping across Poland, Germany, Latvia, and Lithuania

Photo: Israel's National Cyber Directorate

“Fully Prepared to Face the Threats”

A special visit to Israel's national CERT in the southern city of Beer-Sheva provides a rare glimpse into the country's cyber warfare operations. “We provide a sort of Cyber Iron Dome,” they say at the National Cyber Directorate

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon (Photo: Gilad Kavalerchik)

“Israel is at the global forefront in the ability to process huge amounts of intelligence data”

Speaking at the Israel Defense annual conference, Former Israeli Minister of Defense said that Iran’s failure to deliver weapons to Gaza and Israel’s solutions to the tunnel threat are first and foremost intelligence achievements. Eitan Ben David, Deputy National Security Advisor at the Prime Minister’s Office, said that Israel’s strategic posture has improved

Israel’s Intelligence Minister Israel Katz (Photo: Gilad Kavalerchik)

“The intelligence picture has significantly disrupted the process of Iranian entrenchment in Syria”

In his speech at the Israel Defense annual conference, Intelligence Minister Israel Katz addressed the Iranian entrenchment efforts in Syria and said that “intelligence allows us to conduct surgical strikes.” Regarding the diplomatic crisis with Turkey, he said: “Erdogan speaks like a true enemy, but he once received information from Israel that helped prevent an ISIS attack”

Maj. Gen. Kobi Barak, Commander of the IDF Ground Arm (Photo: Gilad Kavalerchik)

IDF Ground Arm Upgrades Combat Capabilities vs. Disappearing Enemy

In view of the new character of the enemy, the IDF is currently introducing extensive organizational and operational revisions. Maj. Gen. Kobi Barak, Commander of the IDF Ground Arm, presented the new trends at the Israel Defense annual Fire, Maneuvering & Intelligence Conference