Defense Digest - January 2018

Defense Digest
Defense Digest
January 2018

Israel’s “steel dome” technology has been used four times in the past three months to detect and destroy terror tunnels from the Gaza Strip. (AP/Jack Guez)

United States and Israel Join Forces on Anti-Terror Tech Competition

The U.S. Department of Defense and Israel’s Ministry of Defense are teaming up for the third time to create a startup competition to discover new anti-terror technologies. According to the competition’s organizers, more than $200,000 in prizes will be presented to the startups with the most potential. “As terrorists become ever more sophisticated, technological innovations become an increasingly critical component of detecting and defeating them,” said the two militaries in a press statement. This year’s competition will feature two tracks: one for general anti-terror technologies and the other specifically geared toward navigating without GPS.


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Adm. (Ret.) James Stavridis: How the U.S. and Israel Can Reshape the Middle East

Following a recent visit to Israel, former Commander of U.S. European Command Adm. (Ret.) James Stavridis discussed how the United States and Israel could work together to stabilize the Middle East. In his piece, he lays out how the United States can “help our strongest partner in the region,” recommending a joint strategy to combat Iran, encourage Israeli engagement with modern Sunni states, bolster bilateral military cooperation and increase Israeli participation with NATO.


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Israel Lauds 'Steel Dome' for Detecting and Destroying Terror Tunnels

Israel’s “steel dome” technology has been used four times in the past three months to detect and destroy terror tunnels from the Gaza Strip. Based on Israel’s Iron Dome, the new technology is a multilayered system of new technologies, tactics and procedures designed to stop Hamas and other Gaza-based terror organizations from attacking the Jewish state from underground. During a Jan. 14 demonstration, the technology detected and destroyed a tunnel that spanned nearly a kilometer within southern Gaza, crossed approximately 200 meters under Israel’s border, and extended about 400 meters into neighboring Egypt. “The tunnel was located using combined technological, intelligence and operational capabilities,” according to an Israel Defense Forces statement. “Locating these tunnels is part of a wide-scale defensive effort led by the IDF and Southern Command.”


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Israeli Military to Introduce C2I Smartwatch for Field Officers

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are set to provide a new portable command, control and information (C2I) system for its ground forces. Called "Shaked" (Hebrew for ‘almond’), the new technology will deliver real-time information to officers in the field, in addition to information on the surrounding area and route recommendation. The C2I system will be given to all field officer ranks, from platoon to brigade commanders. “Shaked [provides] much faster mission planning,” said Lt. Col. Oren Mazliah, the head of the C2I and Simulators Branch in the IDF Ground Forces’ Technology Division. “As they advance, they will get real-time intelligence from various sources instead of messages relayed to them indirectly via a number of stations.”


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Boeing to Supply Israel with Small Diameter Bombs

Boeing recently secured a $193.6 million U.S. Air Force contract for the production of a Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) for Israel and other U.S. allies. Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing will produce an additional 6,000 SDBs and will use fiscal 2015 and 2016 missile procurement and foreign military sales funds to carry out the task. The SDB is the latest low-cost and low collateral-damage precision strike weapon for internal and external carriage, with a range greater than 60 nautical miles. Additionally, it allows four weapons to be carried in one aircraft weapon station. Work on the SDBs will be conducted in St. Louis, Missouri, and is set to be finished by Dec. 30, 2020.


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