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Arab-Israeli military forces in an era of asymmetric wars

Author: Anthony H Cordesman; Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.)
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International, 2006.
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"The reality of the Arab-Israeli balance now consists of two subordinate balances: Israel versus Syria and Israel versus the Palestinians. This timely and important book analyzes these two balances in detail, exploring their impact on defense planning in each country and their meaning for overall strategic risk in the region as a whole. Drawing on the widest ranging and most comprehensive data available on past,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony H Cordesman; Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.)
ISBN: 9780275991869 0275991865
OCLC Number: 69792175
Notes: "Published in cooperation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C."
Description: xiv, 416 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: I. INTRODUCTION: Peace agreements and their impact on conventional war fighting ; A shift towards asymmetric warfare and wars of attrition ; The problem of proliferation ; Internal security threats --
II. MAJOR TRENDS IN FORCE STRENGTH: The importance of force quality versus force quantity ; Looking at a snapshot of total forces ; Comparative manpower quantity and quality ; Comparative land force strength ; Comparative Land Force Manpower ; Varying Mixes of Armor and Anti-Tank Weapons ; Varying Mixes of Artillery and Anti-Aircraft Weapons ; Comparative air strength quality over quantity ; Comparative Air Force Strength ; Comparative Land-Based Air Defense Forces ; Comparative naval strength ; peripheral missions --
III. TOTAL RESOURCES: RECAPITALIZATION, FORCE MODERNIZATION, AND IMPACT ON EFFECTIVENESS: Comparative trends in military expenditures ; Comparative trends in arms imports --
IV. THE MILITARY FORCES OF ISRAEL: Asymmetric wars of attrition ; The Threat from Proliferation ; Shifting from a conventional to asymmetric edge ; Israeli Approaches to Asymmetric Warfare ; Rubber Bullets ; House Demolitions ; Urban Warfare ; Targeted Assassinations ; Dealing with Roadside Attacks and Retaliation ; Attacks on Settlements and the IDF Response ; Ground Raids by the IDF ; Drives into Gaza and the West Bank ; Use of Large-Scale Arrests ; Attacking and Isolating the Palestinian Leadership ; Use of Airpower ; Israeli Use of Helicopters and Aircraft ; Countering Palestinian Arms Smuggling and Manufacturing ; Separation, Security Barriers, and the "Fence" ; Withdrawal from the Gaza and West Bank ; Adapting while retaining conventional military strengths ; Trends in Manpower and Total Force Strength: Active versus Reserve Forces ; The "Kela 2008 Plan" ; Kushet (Rainbow) Plan ; Israeli land forces ; Land Force Transformation ; Command and Control Changes ; Main Battle Tanks ; Other Armor ; Anti-Tank Weapons ; Uparmoring Lighter Vehicles and Support Forces ; Artillery Forces ; Other Aspects of Land Force Development ; Israeli air forces ; Modern Air Operations Are Joint Operations ; Air Defense and Air-to-Air Combat Capability ; Air Offense and Air-to-Ground Combat Capability ; IAF Readiness and Training Standards ; Current Superiority and Future Challenges ; Israeli land-based air defenses ; C4I/BM and Sensor Systems ; Short-Range Air Defense Systems (SHORADS) ; Readiness and Effectiveness ; Israeli naval forces ; Surface Fleet Developments ; Smaller Surface Ships ; Submarine Forces ; Amphibious Forces ; Naval Aviation ; Naval Readiness and Mission Capability ; Israel's counterterrorism and internal security forces ; Israeli Capabilities ; Israeli Terrorist Groups ; Internal Security versus Human Rights and Political Impacts ; Israeli weapons of mass destruction ; Israel's continuing strategic challenges --
V. THE MILITARY FORCES OF EGYPT: Force size versus force quality ; Egyptian land forces ; Force Structure and Major Deployments ; Main Battle Tanks and Other Armor ; Other Armored Forces ; Anti-Tank Weapons ; Artillery ; Air Defense Forces ; Readiness and Modernization ; Egyptian air forces ; Combat Air Strength ; Force "Enablers" and Transport Aircraft ; Ongoing Force Improvements ; Readiness and Mission Capabilities ; Egyptian land-based air defenses ; Egyptian Force Structure ; Modernization and Upgrades ; Short Range Air Defenses: SHORADS ; Readiness and Mission Capability ; Egyptian naval forces ; Submarine Forces ; Major Surface Forces ; Missiles and Other Patrol Craft ; Mine Warfare Capability ; Amphibious Forces ; Coastal Defense Forces ; Naval Aviation ; Readiness and Mission Capability ; Egyptian paramilitary, security and intelligence forces ; Key Egyptian Security, Intelligence, and Paramilitary Forces ; Major Internal Security Threats ; Internal Security versus Human Rights and Political Impacts ; Egyptian weapons of mass destruction ; Egypt's continuing strategic challences ; The Sinai Contingency ; The New Security Mission in the Gaza ; Egypt's Current Strategic Challenges --
VI. THE MILITARY FORCES OF JORDAN: Trends in Jordanian force development ; Jordanian Army ; The Jordanian Army Command Structure ; Jordanian Main Battle Tanks ; Jordanian Other Armored Vehicles ; Jordanian Anti-Tank Weapons ; Jordanian Artillery ; Jordanian Anti-Aircraft ; Jordanian Army Readiness and Effectiveness ; Jordanian Air Force ; Fixed Wing Air Units ; Rotary Wing Air Units ; Jordanian land-based air defenses ; Jordanian naval forces ; Jordanian paramilitary, security and intelligence forces ; Major Terrorist and Extremist Threats ; Jordanian Counterterrorism ; Security versus Reform ; Jordan's continuing strategic challenges ; Jordanian Support of Palestinian Forces in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Israel ; Jordanian "Rescue" of Palestinians in the West Bank: ; Jordanian Cooperation With Syria ; Jordan's Current Security Challenges --
VII. THE MILITARY FORCES OF LEBANON: Lebanese internal security after Syrian withdrawal ; The trends in Lebanese forces ; The Lebanese Army ; Major Combat Equipment ; Training and Readiness ; THE Lebanese Air Force ; Lebanese naval forces ; Lebanese paramilitary forces and the Hezbollah ; Non-State Forces: Hezbollah ; Non-State Forces: Abat al-Ansar ; The Role of the Lebanese Security Forces ; Lebanon's continuing strategic challenges --
VIII. THE MILITARY FORCES OF PALESTINE:; The Oslo Accords and the new Israeli Palestinian war ; The death of Arafat and the victory of Hamas: Redefining Palestinian politics and the Arab-Israeli military balance ; The changing structure of Palestinian Authority forces ; Palestinian Authority Forces During the Peace Process ; The Impact of the Israeli-Palestinian War ; The Uncertain Size of Current Palestinian Authority Security Forces ; Palestinian security forces and internal security in Gaza and the West Bank ; Palestinian militant organizations and their military impact ; The Differing Character of Palestinian Militant Groups ; Hamas or Harakat Al-Muqawwama Al-Islamia (Islamic Resistance Movement) ; Islamic Jihad ; Fatah Tanzim ("Organization") ; Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade ; Smaller Militant Groups ; Palestinian approaches to asymmetric warfare ; Suicide Bombings ; Mortars and Rockets ; Political Warfare and Weapons of Mass Media ; Palestinian strategic challenges --
IX. THE MILITARY FORCES OF SYRIA: Lebanon and Syria's proxy war with Israel ; Syria's broader regional problems ; The trends in Syrian forces ; The Syrian Modernization and Recapitalization Crisis ; The Russian Connection? ; The Israeli Problem ; Continuing to Go "Hollow" ; Syrian land forces ; Syrian Force Strengths and Deployments ; Syrian Main Battle Tanks ; Syrian Other Armored Vehicles ; Syrian Antitank Weapons ; Syrian Artillery ; Syrian Army Air Defenses ; Syrian Army Training and Readiness ; Syrian air and air defense forces ; Syrian Combat Air Strength ; Syrian Rotary Wing Combat Strength ; Syrian land-based air defenses ; Syrian Air Defense Weapons ; Shorter Range Syrian Air Defenses ; Syrian Air Defense Training and Readiness ; Syria's Need for Air Defense Modernization ; Syrian naval forces ; Syrian Surface Forces ; Syrian Amphibious Capability ; Syrian Naval Aviation ; Syrian Coastal Defense Forces ; Syrian Naval Readiness and Training ; Syrian paramilitary, security, and intelligence forces ; Syrian weapons of mass destruction ; Syrian Progress in Weapons Development ; Possible Syrian Strategy, Tactics, and Employment ; Syria's continuing strategic challenges ; Real-World Syrian Options on the Golan ; Israeli Options Against Syria ; Syrian Risk Taking ; Syria's Real World Strategic Priorities --
X. An uncertain future.
Responsibility: Anthony H. Cordesman.
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