Articles written by Guy Ben-Ari
Although Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted its first missile in April 2011, it officially came of age last November during Operation Pillar of Defense, the latest iteration of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. But if the technological breakthroughs and military advantages gained in fielding the system have rightly attracted attention, other issues have been ignored. more
Driven by strong economic growth, Asia's five largest defense spenders -- China, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan -- have steadily increased their defense budgets in the past decade, fueling reports of an Asian arms race. However, a detailed analysis of these countries' defense spending, crucial to understanding their military priorities and capabilities, suggests an emphasis on quantity over force quality. more
In recent meetings with Secretary Rice and with President Bush, Turkish leaders sought a promise of U.S. action against the Kurdish Workers Party, an agreement on joint action or, failing these, a green light from the United States for Turkish action in northern Iraq. Turkish officials have known since the onset of this crisis that a large-scale operation in northern Iraq would be unpalatable to the United States. However, a large-scale ground invasion is unnecessary given Turkey's other military options.
On March 14, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, together with Germany, submitted a draft resolution that would broaden the embargo against Iran. As part of the international effort to derail Tehran's nuclear program, the proposed resolution seeks, amongst other things, to ban procurement of Iranian "arms or related material." Though harsher sanctions will be required before Iran thinks again about suspending its nuclear program, a global embargo on its defense exports could be a painful blow. more
The Defense Department says seven U.S. helicopters have been shot down in Iraq since Jan. 20, a number that exceeds the total for 2006. The recent spike in successful attacks indicates another evolution in insurgent tactics. Insurgents in Iraq follow the classic pattern of innovation cycles. They identify a need, come up with a new idea to meet it, develop this idea into a product, and introduce it into the field. To have success against the insurgency, U.S. forces must pull counter-innovations from the lowest tactical levels and disseminate them rapidly. more