Defense Minister Lt. Gen. (ret.) Moshe Ya'alon accepted the recommendation of the Director General of the Ministry of Defense, Col. (ret.) Dan Harel, and appointed Brig. Gen. (res.) Michel Ben-Baruch to head SIBAT – the International Defense Cooperation Agency of the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Ben-Baruch will replace Maj. Gen. (res) Shmaya Avieli who headed SIBAT for the past four years.
Gen. (res.) Michel Ben-Baruch, age 51, married with three, served as the defense minister's military secretary of Defense. Previously, he served as the Chief Artillery Officer. Ben-Baruch currently serves as the head the new artillery administration at IMI. Ben-Baruch holds a BA from Bar Ilan University, is a graduate of the National Security College and holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Haifa. Ben-Baruch will replace Maj. Gen. (res) Shmaya Avieli who headed SIBAT for the past four years, during which defense exports reached a record of over $ 7.5 billion.
SIBAT is an essential division within the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD), which participates in the formulation of Israel's defense export policy - and coordinates all export-related activities. Among its most valued services are the initiation of collaborative ventures and long-term partnerships, the matching of needs with technologies, and the creation and support of Government-to-Government agreements. SIBAT also locates the appropriate technological solutions required by potential clients - and establishes connections between these customers and the relevant Israeli defense companies. SIBAT manages the marketing and sale of Israel's entire defense inventory, which is released by the IDF and the Israel Ministry of Defense.