Colonel (Res.) Atai Shelach began his military career in the Engineering Corps where he rose to command the elite combat engineering unit, Yahalom. His last post in the IDF was head of the Warfare Doctrine Department.
Robotic capabilities are already being utilized in the air and at sea for various missions. It is high time for robotics to be used in the ground theater, too, as the need for it on the battlefield will grow even more acute in the future
The IDF Chief of Staff decided to establish a commando brigade. Colonel (res.) Atai Shelach, former commander of the IDF Corps of Combat Engineers' YAHALOM Unit, about the implications of this move on the battlefield. Exclusive
Operation Protective Edge left a mark not just with regard to the operational-military aspect, but with regard to the collective national mood as well. Brig. Gen. (res.) Atai Shelach offers solutions for the civilian and military challenges of the next round of fighting
In the past, defensive lines were designed to disrupt the ground moves of the enemy. Today, we face scattered strongholds and fortified localities of non-state organizations. What lessons should we derive from this?
Israel has been engaged in a different kind of war since the late 1990s. The defense establishment must, therefore, develop relevant new tools for dealing with the challenges and threats looming along our borders
During Operation Protective Edge, the State of Israel revised its working assumption regarding the subterranean threat. The former commander of the YAHALOM Unit, Colonel (res.) Atai Shelach, about the lessons learned during the fighting in the Gaza Strip
Against the background of the operation in Gaza, and following a large-scale infiltration attempt through a tunnel Thursday morning, we go back to the special analysis by Col. (res.) Atai Shelach on the need to understand the subterranean medium
In Israel, everything possible is being done to locate terrorist tunnels – but that is not enough. The former commander of the IDF YAHALOM Unit addresses the need for a technological solution for real-time detection that would constitute a tie-breaker in this struggle