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The Evolution of Operational ArtFrom Napoleon to the Present$
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John Andreas Olsen and Martin van Creveld

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599486.001.0001

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The Rise and Fall of Israeli Operational Art, 1948–2008

The Rise and Fall of Israeli Operational Art, 1948–2008

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(p.166) 6 The Rise and Fall of Israeli Operational Art, 1948–2008
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The Evolution of Operational Art
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Avi Kober

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599486.003.0007

This chapter examines the rise and fall of operational art in the Israeli armed forces. It argues that until the early 1970s the dominance of high-intensity conflicts, with their relatively favourable conditions for battlefield manoeuvre, enabled Israeli operational art to flourish. Since then, operational art became a lost art form, a trend that Israel sought to overcome by establishing the Operational Theory Research Institute in 1995, but the author maintains that the effort failed miserably because it created a postmodern theoretical construct and terminology that few could understand and relate to. Furthermore, in terms of leadership training the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) focused more on equipping commanders with managerial skills than on grooming great captains.

Keywords:   Israel, Israeli Defence Force, operational art, Operational Theory Institute, high-intensity conflicts, low-intensity conflicts, manoeuvre, military theory

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