Back to Basics: A Study of the Second Lebanon War and by Lieutenant Colonel Scott C. Farquhar

By Lieutenant Colonel Scott C. Farquhar

This paintings is a up to date learn of the operations of The Israeli militia (IDF) within the just-concluding Operation solid LEAD opposed to Hamas within the Gaza Strip. It reports, first, what did the IDF do to organize for that operation in mild of its harsh adventure in what has develop into often called the second one Lebanon struggle that was once fought opposed to Hezbollah in the summertime of 2006, and moment, what attainable classes will be utilized to the USA military.

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8. Kulick, 3; Andrew Exum, “Hezbollah at War: A Military Assessment,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Policy Focus #63, December 2006, 6; “The Hezbollah Challenge . . An Alternate Paradigm? com (accessed 21 August 2007). Matt M. Matthews—Hard Lessons Learned ‹ 37 9. Kulick, 3. 10. Ron Tira, E-mail interview by author, 23 September 2007. 11. “The Hezbollah Challenge . . An Alternate Paradigm? DCSINT; Kulick, 4. 12. Kulick, 4. 13. David Makovsky and Jeffrey White, “Lessons and Implications of the IsraelHizballah War: A Preliminary Assessment,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Policy Focus No.

These plans,” wrote Cordesman, “included an air attack phase, an airground phase to further weaken Hamas and secure areas in the north, and a contingency plan to seal off the Philadelphia Corridor and the Gazan-Egyptian border. ”110 With ample time to prepare, the IDF was also able to collect an unprec­ edented amount of highly sensitive information on Hamas, enabling it to gain complete intelligence domination. In fact, Israel had been preparing a “mo­ saic” of Hamas targets for years. The lull created by the ceasefire provided an opportunity to combine this information with recently obtained Human Intel­ ligence (HUMINT).

Ron Tira, e-mail interview by author, 22 January 2009. 110. Cordesman, 8-9. 111. Cordesman, 15. 112. Custer Briefing; Ehud Eiran, e-mail interview by author, 23 January 2009. 113. Mohammed Najib, “Hamas Investigates Poor Military Response to IDF,” Jane’s Defence Weekly, 28 January 2009, 16. 114. Cordesman, 9. 115. Cordesman, 15; “Operation Cast Lead—Update No. 1,” Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center, 28 December 2008, 4; “IDF Operations in the Gaza Strip,” Daily Update, 27 December 2008, The Military-Strategic Information Section/The Strategic Division.

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