31 January 2008
IDF Response to the Report of the Winograd Committee
IDF SPOKESPERSONS ANNOUNCEMENT
IDF Response to the Report of the Winograd Committee
The IDF views the report of the Winograd Committee as an important document,and is obliged to evaluate its contents and act accordingly to correct anyshortcomings. As a body that is constantly under public scrutiny, the IDFconsiders this report to be important tool for detecting and correcting itsproblems and shortcomings.
The IDF is fully aware of the failures and lessons that were revealed in thedifferent fields during the Second Lebanese War, and to the perception thatwas created among the Israeli public, therefore it is in a midst of acomprehensive and continuing process of correction.
The IDF did not wait for the report and immediately after the war, on theorders of the Chief of Staff, at the time, Lt. Gen. (res.) Dan Halutz,initiated a thorough process of inquiries which resulted in an extensivelist of lessons and conclusions.It is emphasized, that this list was translated to an encompassing work planwhich constitutes a major change.The process began during the year of 2007, which was declared in the IDF as"the year of strengthening and preparedness", during which priority wasgiven to operational frameworks and infrastructure.
Accordingly and as a result ofthe size of the challenges and gaps that were identified, it is important tostress that there is no single and immediate solution to these issues, butrather in a multi-year program, which will provide a comprehensivesystem-wide solution, according to the priorities defined within theprogram.
Following the war, the IDF operative conception was updated and the prioritywas placed on the joint training and combat operation of the differentbranches, as well as the strengthening of the IDF land maneuver capability,alongside the clarifying of fighting values and the foundations of the moralspirit of the IDF.The IDF operative plans and orders were examined and rewritten according tothe IDF's needs in a clear and professional manner.
These plans areconstantly reviewed, and their goals are updated on a multi-annual basis.During the past year, the IDF has implemented a training program which wasunprecedented in its scale for many years.
One of the lessons from the wardealt with the need to exercise the senior command, thus during 2007 theGeneral Staff, the Air Force, the Navy and the four Commands (Central,Northern, Southern and the Home Front) participated in exercises.In addition, divisional training exercises as well as brigade level(permanent army and reserve), combat support level, Air Force and Navy level(permanent army and reserve) exercises took place; all of which includedmobile elements and live fire, while implementing the lessons andconclusions which were reached during the war inquiries.
A special emphasiswas placed on the reserve forces that have been defined as the "corestrength" of the IDF.The IDF is operating according to a multi-year plan, to restock ammunitionand weaponry in order to replace the weapons that were used by the IDFduring the war.
Additionally, a five year plan named "River Rapids" was inaugurated, with a total budget of nearly 2 billion shekels, for the completing and improving of the equipment in the IDF's emergency warehouses.
As for the training of commanders, there has been a revolution in the instruction doctrine, as well as a decision that no officer should be appointed to a position for which he does not have the appropriate professional trainings while emphasizing the continuing nature of this training and instruction.
Since the war programs for training commanders were developed (some of themfrom the foundations), improved and implanted this year, including a Division Commanders Course, a Brigade Commanders Course and unification of the Air, Land, Navy and Intelligence Command and Staff Colleges into one.
In the field of the Home Front, the Command had undergone a long and thorough process of lesson studying, an extensive exercise took place and the Home Front Command's activity of the learning process was presented tothe political echelon as well as to the State Comptroller Committee.
The implementation of the lessons learned from the war was integrated in the work plan for 2008 as well as in the multi-year work plan "TEFEN" that was finalized and authorized last September. During the last year, many organizational changes were finalized with the objective of strengthening the General Staff capability to activate the force while focusing the land forces on building the land forces; two directorates were rebuilt: theDeputy Chief of Staff will serve as the head of the army's headquarters, with responsibility for activating and building the force.
Medical,Logistics and Centers Branch will transform into a "Logistic Command" inwhich a logistics section was built.The chief corp. commanders - logistics, armaments, manpower andcommunications will return to the directorates of the General Staff. TheOperating Division that was built in the Intelligence Branch will lead into an improvement in the procedures and operational synergies.
In addition, in the Teleprocessing Branch, a Teleprocessing Brigade was established. Alongside the criticism and feeling of disappointment after the war, one must remember that IDF troops have shown great courage in the battlefield, and that in every contact between IDF soldiers and terrorists, the IDF forces prevailed. During the inquiries into the war, many stories of valor and bravery were discovered which led into awarding of different medals and decorations to the soldiers and officers involved.
The IDF continues and will continue to act in order to gain and maintain the trust of the Israeli public, to retain quality commanders in career service and to strengthen the value of serving the country in the regular, career and reserve forces.
The IDF Spokesperson wishes to emphasize that in order to withstand its tasks and future challenges, the IDF will need the trust, support and assistance of the Israeli people, as well as constructive criticism that the IDF is obligated to study and implement.
Obama's true agenda...Throw Israel Under the Bus
JOHN VOIGHT ON OBAMA'S DISTAIN FOR ISRAEL
A message to the Jewish people and the entire world
Chronicles I - 16:15-18: "Forever remember His covenant that he commanded forever; That He made with Abraham and swore to Isaac; and confirmed in a decree for Jacob, for Israel, as an eternal covenant; saying to You I will give the Land of Cannan as your alloted heritage"