IDF cyber warfare room 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy IDF)
The IDF is in midst of a technological revolution that will convert it into a
network-centered military, a senior security source told The Jerusalem Post on
Thanks to the backing of IDF Chief of Staff
Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, and his deputy, Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, the coming
2014- 2018 multiyear-budget plan is set to fund sweeping changes under a plan
called “Network IDF.”
The plan will promote unprecedented levels of
interconnectivity among various units, intelligence sharing along with enhanced
command and control that will improve accuracy in firepower, the source, who
hails from the IDF’s C4i (Teleprocessing Unit), said.
He spoke of a
future battalion or brigade commander accessing an “operationalintelligence
Internet” in a battle arena, which would provide him with major advantages
during the uncertainty of war.
Commanders will enter a “cloud computing”
zone after receiving authorization, and during the course of a battle, will
receive relevant intelligence for their sector, the source continued. The
commanders will have access to a military “search engine” providing information
on targets, hostile force locations, and other IDF units in the air, sea and
With precise enemy target locations shared by units in the air,
sea, or on the ground – all logged in to the network – a division commander
could quickly assign a “destroy target” mission to the unit best suited for
carrying it out.
“There’s no end to the possibilities,” the source said.
“This can create very high operational effectiveness.”
lookout will see in her operations room will be accessible to the mission
commander in the field.
Compare this to where we were in 2005 along the
Lebanese border. Imagine if we had these capabilities during the 2006 Second
Lebanon War,” the senior source said.
Units that are central to this
revolution include highly classified communications battalions that answer to
the IDF’s General Staff, and computer units known by their Hebrew acronyms,
Hoshen and Mamram.
“They make up the backbone of the IDF,” the source
The new technology, with its focus on accuracy, is expected to
greatly reduce accidental deaths and wounds among noncombatants.
what world we live in; harming noncombatants can disrupt a war,” the source
Gantz’s vision is for the IDF to become completely interconnected
and network-based by 2025, with all military components linked up to one
another. At the current rate of development, his vision will probably be
realized well before that time.
Gantz sees the C4i Corps as the entity
that will lead the way, the source said.
“This is one of the top
priorities for the IDF,” he added.
In recent months, the IDF’s target
identification capabilities have taken another leap forward, the source said,
adding that the IDF witnessed the changes in recent General Staff
“Our direction is to acquire as much cooperation and accuracy as
possible,” he said.
Even today, maps have become a thing of the past, he
Accompanying this revolution is the expected move of the C4i Corps
to southern Israel in 2016-17. The new headquarters will provide the corps with
the most technologically advanced infrastructure available.
As part of
the move south, the IDF will soon begin providing high school pupils in the
South with technological courses to make their recruitment into a C4i unit
smoother. That in turn has got hi-tech companies already showing interest in
hiring the soldiers after their military service.
“It’s a win-win
situation,” the source said, adding that the mayors of Beersheba and surrounding
communities have all shown enthusiasm for the high school training
Yet many challenges lie ahead, like ensuring commanders stay
fully functional while accessing all of the information, he
“How does a battalion commander function when he sees his
company commander on a Tablet? This is one of the things we’re working on,” the