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Objective of the Center

 

The main objective of the Center is to study the role and contribution of airpower in the fight against terror organizations. It also explores how the air force can optimize its considerable ability when countering an “amorphous” enemy, both independently and in collaboration with other bodies faced with the challenge, in the IDF and beyond.

 

 

Activities of the Center

 

The main objective of the Center is to study the role and contribution of airpower in the fight against terror organizations. It also explores how the air force can optimize its considerable ability when countering an “amorphous” enemy, both independently and in collaboration with other bodies faced with the challenge, in the IDF and beyond.

 

The Center may, from time to time, deal with more general issues of airpower.

 

Research and publications

 

Studies: The core essence of the Center is to conduct and publish studies. At this initial stage activity focuses on seeking relevant research topics. Ideas for research will be welcomed.

 

At the beginning of 2009 the Center initiated its first study, designed to take about one year. This study deals with the role of the air force in achieving the goals of any combat within the framework of asymmetric conflict. The research addresses the problem of concern to many militaries: why doesn’t a strong country with advanced technology manage to beat and even defeat non-state entities (organizations) which it fights.

The study is nearing the end of its first third and thus far has focused on definitions of the various terms such as asymmetric conflict, victory, defeat and deterrence, and on examining several test cases, both foreign and Israeli. The objective of this stage is to define the generic characteristics of enemy combat, of “our forces” combat, the extent to which the goals defined for an operation or war are achieved and the reasons these goals are not achieved or only partially achieved. The study examines the activity of the airpower, both independent and in cooperation with other bodies. This endless stage will enable researchers to draw conclusions in the subsequent stages of the study.

 

Collaboration with peer research institutions in Israel and abroad: The Center enjoys cooperation with research institutions, among them “Dado Center for Multi-disciplinary Military Thinking” and the new center established by the “Yad Leshiryon” organization. The Center plans to expand and institutionalize its relations with other institutions in Israel and abroad.

 

Workshops: A further channel for promoting the subject is through workshops. The Center launched this activity, with the first issue covered - “Systemic Maneuver”. The research topic is the relationship and interface between the air force and the ground forces, against the background of the Second Lebanon War, and taking into account the technological changes which allow conceptual breakthroughs. Other workshops will be held following the conferences organized by the Center.

 

Conferences, seminars and lectures

 

The Center will hold conferences, seminars and lectures, most of which will be open to the general public.

The Center will endeavor to bring to Israel prominent figures and personalities in the field of airpower in order to learn from their experience, within the framework of the conferences and follow-on seminars.

 

 

Collaboration with other bodies

 

The Airpower and the Asymmetric Conflict Research Center will collaborate with:

· IDF, in general and the Air Force in particular

· Ministry of Defense – “MAFAT” and other government ministries

· Defense industries

· Technion in Haifa

· Research institutions in Israel

· Research institutions around the world

· Government offices

 

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