Guy Ben-Ari

Guy Ben-Ari is a Fellow with the Defense Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) where he works on issues related to the global technology and industrial bases supporting defense. His current research projects focus on defense acquisition policies, intra-European and transatlantic interoperability in network-based operations, information sharing in international interventions and governance structures for complex defense programs and systems. He is the editor (with Pierre Chao) of Organizing for a Complex World: Developing Tomorrow’s Defense and Net-Centric Systems (CSIS Press, 2009) and the author (with Gordon Adams) of Transforming European Militaries: Coalition Operations and the Technology Gap (Routledge, 2006).


Articles written by Guy Ben-Ari

Israel's Iron Dome System Leaves Key Threats Unanswered

By Guy Ben-Ari
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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

Not an Arms Race: Parsing Asia's Defense Spending

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

Turkey's Military Options for Confronting the PKK in Northern Iraq

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.

Iran Sanctions: Ban on Defense Exports Could Hurt

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

For Success in Iraq, U.S. Forces Must Out-Innovate Insurgents

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