Another Brick in the Wall: The Israeli Experience in Missile Defense
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE
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In recent years, the issue of missile defense has become one of the most prominent features of Israel s military debate. During the last military campaigns, such as Operation PILLAR OF DEFENSE November 2012 and Operation PROTECTIVE EDGE July 2014, missile defense systems like Iron Dome proved crucial against rockets targeting Israeli territory. As a result, they have attracted increasing political attention. Suddenly, missile defense left a domain reserved to engineers and military operators to be the object of discussion by politicians and defense intellectuals. Against this backdrop, international media and policy circles now focus on Israel as the most advanced case to test the validity of missile defense. Countries like India and South Korea eye the Israeli systems as possible means to address their own security predicaments. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO, in particular, has dedicated a lot of attention to the question of Israeli experience in missile defense and the lessons to be drawn from it the Alliance now looks at Israel s reliance on this form of defense as a possible reflection of how its own posture on the subject is evolving.
- Guided Missiles