The Israeli Navy's Application of Operational Art in the Yom Kippur War: A Study in Operational Design
JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT United States
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The Israeli Navys Application of Operational Art in the Yom Kippur War A Study in Operational Design. The Israeli Navy, a small force with a bleak history, contributed to changing naval warfare forever during the battles of the Yom Kippur War. Its sinking of more than forty Arab vessels without a single loss is one of the most one-sided victories in modern history. Featuring the first ever missile-to-missile naval battles and use of electronic countermeasures, the Yom Kippur War, though tactically small in scale, was a defining point in modern warfare. This paper examines the Israeli Navys use of operational art through its operational design and how it enabled the Navy to overcome an inglorious past to become a formidable fighting force. Previously relegated to being a bystander within the Israeli Defense Forces, the Navy, in 1973 expertly applied specific elements of its operational design to achieve success. Exploring how the Navy learned from its history, developed a force to meet its objectives, and effectively applied operational art provides an example of operational success.
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