1. Israel, United States Hold Joint Drill
The United States and Israel recently simulated a massive aerial drill that included a large collection of F-16’s from both countries, The Jerusalem Post reported. Known as Juniper Stallion, the exercise was one of 10 annual exercises the Israeli Air Force (IAF) holds with the U.S. Air Force (USAF). “These exercises strengthen the cooperation between the IAF and the foreign air force we are training with [USAF],” an Israeli officer said. “As a result we better understand them and we can learn from one another in the end improving our operational capability.”
2. U.S. Firm Learning from Israeli Missile Defense System
A U.S. defense company is taking lessons learned from their Israeli partners and improving its missile defense design and development doctrine, The World Tribune reported. "We are actually learning from Rafael different ways to develop systems and of doing business," Christopher King, Raytheon director of force protection, said of his Israeli counterpart. "The work with Rafael will make us better." Raytheon and Rafael are jointly developing the Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense System known as “David’s Sling.”
3. Lessons Learned From Israeli Bio-attack Exercise
Israel recently held its largest-ever biodefense exercise, Government Secrecy News reported. Know as “Operation Orange Flame 4,” the exercise simulated a national emergency inoculation after a simulated bioterror attack. Emergency responders were tasked with identifying the agent and the source, and neutralizing the outbreak. The United States does not perform such exercises “at all on a systematic basis, certainly not on the regional scale that the Israelis do it,” said Eric Rose, CEO of the bio-defense drug development company Siga Technologies and one of the few American observers at the exercise.
4. IDF Testing Safer Cluster Munitions
The Israeli Defense Forces is currently testing cluster munitions with a one percent dud rate, The Jerusalem Post reported. This is a significant improvement over previously used cluster munitions by both Israel and the United States. The improved cluster has a self-destruct mechanism that initiates if the munitions have failed to detonate 14 seconds after impact. This would in effect significantly lower the amount of unexploded ordnance left behind in an area of operations and thus prevent collateral damage.
5. Mullen Visits Israel for Strategic Dialogue
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen this week visited Israel this week to meet with IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-General Gabi Ashkenazi and Military Intelligence chief Maj.-General Amons Yadlin, The Jerusalem Post reported. The visit promoted ties between the two countries and covered important strategic issues. “The meetings here to me are oftentimes the most important because it is recognition of the importance of the relationship, the strength of the relationship and the criticality of the relationship and the constant need to focus on issues that continue to emerge and challenge the both of us,” Mullen said.