Accession Number:

AD1014476

Title:

Learning from Lebanon: Airpower and Strategy in Israels 2006 War against Hezbollah

Descriptive Note:

Journal Article

Corporate Author:

RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

From 12 July until 15 August 2006, the Israel Defense Forces IDF waged a thirty-four-day war against the Iranian terrorist proxy organization Hezbollah in response to a well-planned raid by a team of Hezbollah combatants from southern Lebanon into northern Israel. That raid resulted in the abduction of two IDF soldiers, who had then been taken back into Lebanon for use as hostages. Code-named Operation CHANGE OF DIRECTION, the greatly escalated counteroffensive that the raid prompted has since been widely regarded as the IDFs most inconclusive combat performance in Israels history. Waged under the direction of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his minister of defense at the time, Amir Peretz, the campaign was dominated by precision standoff attacks by the Israel Air Force IAF and by IDF artillery and battlefield rockets, with no significant commitment of conventional ground troops until the last days of fighting before a cease-fire went into effect.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE