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Creating Reverse Asymmetry: Israel’s Military Innovation


To maintain its strategic edge against an evolving threat, the Israel Defense Forces have developed capabilities-based defence concepts rooted in the principle of ‘reverse asymmetry’. 

Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense was launched, in November 2012, with the stated aims of halting rocket attacks and disrupting the capabilities of militant organisations in the Gaza Strip. With over 1,500 precision strikes targeting weapons stashes and Hamas government sites, the operation saw the implementation of elements of the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) new ‘Firepower and Combined Arms’ concept – one that has been gradually reshaping the IDF’s strategy, force

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