Prof. Avi Kober

Prof. Avi Kober

Prof. Avi Kober

(Ph.D. Hebrew University) A former researcher in the IDF Strategic Planning Department and the Defense Ministry’s National Security Unit, and editor at “Maarachot,” the IDF's publishing house. Specializes in military theory, Israeli security  doctrine, and the Arab-Israeli wars.

Can the IDF Afford a Small Army?

| July 18, 2013

The IDF must take into consideration that a smaller military comes with a price, as even low-intensity conflicts require a large number of troops to enable the army to succeed.

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Iron Dome: Has the Euphoria Been Justified?

| February 25, 2013

Praise for Iron Dome may be deserved, yet Israel’s deterrence capability has not been enhanced, and Israel’s enemies may initiate an arms race to try and defeat it.

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Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi: A Balance Sheet

| February 13, 2011

Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Ashkenazi’s greatest achievement is the restoration of Israeli public faith in the IDF as an effective fighting force after the failures of the Second Lebanon War. An overall assessment of his tenure, however, also points to shortcomings in areas such as IDF battle doctrine and commanders’ education.

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The Second Lebanon War

| September 28, 2006

There were five central problems in Israel’s management of the summer 2006 war in Lebanon: adherence to the rules of “post-heroic” warfare despite its limitations; playing into the enemy’s hands; operation on the basis of false assumptions and beliefs; violation of basic military principles; and hesitancy on the part of Israel’s leadership. The outcomes of the war can be seen on the battlefield, on the grand-strategic level, in terms of victory, and in longer-term perspective.

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Reflections on Battlefield Decision and Low Intensity Conflict

| May 1, 2002

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