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Israel and Syria [electronic resource] : the military balance and prospects of war / Anthony H. Cordesman ; with the assistance of Aram Nerguizian and Ionut C. Popescu.

By: Cordesman, Anthony H.
Contributor(s): Nerguizian, Aram | Popescu, Ionut C.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Westport, Conn. : Washington, D.C. : Praeger Security International ; Published in cooperation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2008Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 284 p.) : ill., maps.ISBN: 9780313355219 (electronic bk.); 0313355215 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Israel -- History, Military | Israel -- Military policy | Syria -- History, Military | Syria -- Military policy | Lebanon War, 2006 | Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1993- -- Peace | Military Science | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Military Science | HISTORY -- Military -- OtherGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Israel and Syria.DDC classification: 355/.03305694 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Figures -- Sources and methods -- Prospects for peace or war -- Military developments after the Israeli-Hezbollah War -- Shifts on the Golan -- A growing missile threat? -- Israeli and Syrian alarms and excursions in 2007 -- Conventional military tensions -- Israeli raid on Syrian "nuclear" facilities -- The prospects for war -- Major trends in force strength -- Israeli force quality versus Syrian force quantity -- Looking at a snapshot of total forces -- Comparative manpower quantity and quality -- Comparative land force strength : active versus mobilized strength -- Comparative land force manpower -- Armor and anti-tank weapons -- Artillery weapons -- Anti-aircraft weapons -- Comparative air strength : quality over quantity -- Comparative air force strength -- Air force manpower -- Air force aircraft, weapons, and technology -- Comparative land-based air defense forces -- Comparative naval strength : peripheral missions -- Shifts in the role of seapower -- Naval manpower -- Naval ships, weapons, and technology -- Total resources : recapitalization, force modernization, and impact on effectiveness -- Comparative trends in military expenditures -- Comparative trends in arms imports -- Recent deals : the importance of the US, Russia and Iran.
The military forces of Israel -- Israel's struggle to maintain its conventional "edge" -- Adapting to asymmetric wars -- The impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- The threat from Syrian weapons of mass destruction -- Seeking to add an asymmetric "edge" to a conventional one -- Adapting to new threats while retaining conventional military strengths -- The impact of the Israeli-Hezbollah War -- Restructuring forces to meet new mission needs -- Trends in manpower and total force strength before the 2006 Lebanon war : active versus reserve forces -- The "Kela 2008 plan" -- Kushet (Rainbow) plan -- Israeli defense planning after the 2006 Lebanon war -- The Winograd Commission -- Post-Hezbollah War reforms -- The Teffen 2012 five-year plan : implementing lessons learned? -- Israeli land forces -- Israeli air forces -- Land force transformation -- Changes in command and control and netcentric warfare -- Main battle tanks -- Other armor -- Antitank weapons -- Upgrading lighter vehicles and support forces -- Artillery forces -- Asymmetric warfare capabilities -- Other aspects of land force development -- Israeli land-based air defenses -- IAF fixed-wing combat forces -- IAF rotary-wing combat forces -- IAF "enablers" -- Modern air operations "Are" joint operations -- Air defense and air-to-air combat capability -- Air offense and air-to-ground combat capability -- Air operations for asymmetric warfare -- IAF readiness and training standards -- Current superiority and future challenges.
Israeli naval forces -- Surface fleet developments -- Smaller surface ships -- Submarine forces -- Amphibious forces -- Naval aviation -- The Navy's role in asymmetric warfare -- Naval readiness and mission capability -- Israel's counterterrorism and internal security forces -- Israeli capabilities -- Israeli terrorist groups -- Internal security versus human rights and political impacts -- Israeli weapons of mass destruction and missile defenses -- Probable Israeli capabilities -- Shifts in Israeli missile defenses -- The military forces of Syria -- Syria's long proxy war with Israel -- Internal stability, Alawite rule, and the Shi'ite crescent -- Syria's broader regional issues -- The trends in Syrian forces -- The Syrian modernization and recapitalization crisis -- The Russian connection -- Future arms deliveries -- Continuing to go "hollow" -- Syrian land forces -- Syrian force strengths and deployments -- Syrian main battle tanks -- Syrian other armored vehicles -- Syrian antitank weapons -- Syrian artillery -- Syrian rocket forces -- Syrian army air defenses -- Syrian army training, readiness, and warfighting capability -- Syrian air and air defense forces -- Syrian combat air strength -- Syrian rotary-wing combat strength -- Syrian air force training, readiness, and warfighting capabilities -- Syrian land-based air defenses -- Syrian air-defense weapons -- Shorter range Syrian air defenses -- Syrian air-defense training, readiness, and warfighting capabilities -- Syria's need for air-defense modernization.
Syrian naval forces -- Syrian surface forces -- Syrian amphibious capability -- Syrian naval aviation -- Syrian coastal-defense forces -- Syrian naval readiness, training, and warfighting capability -- Syrian paramilitary, security, and intelligence forces -- Syrian weapons of mass destruction -- The strategic geography of the Golan Heights -- The new dimensions of the strategic geography of the Golan -- The UN peacekeeping force on the Golan -- Israeli positions on the Golan -- Syrian positions near the Golan -- A Syrian surprise attack or "grab for the Golan -- Syrian options and motives -- The operational challenges Syria would face -- The risk of air and missile escalation -- Israeli options against Syria -- The cost of an IDF advance into Syria -- Israel's ability to use the AirLand battle in offensive operations -- Israel's deep strike and strategic air option -- Assessing the balance of risks.
Continuing external asymmetric wars -- Israel's "haves" versus Syria's "haves not" -- Syria's real-world strategic priorities versus asymmetric adventures -- The cost-benefits of the "spoiler" game -- The possible impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- Gaming a future Israeli-Hezbollah conflict? -- The Lebanese "wild card" -- The Lebanese armed forces -- Hezbollah's domestic and international posture -- The Iranian wild card -- Iranian proliferation -- The Israeli view and the uncertain Iranian strategic calculus -- Iran and the prospects for future military strike -- Possible Iranian response -- Shifts in Israeli strategic nuclear forces -- Notes.
Summary: Israel and Syria: The Military Balance and Prospects of War provides a detailed and current picture of the military capabilities of Israel and Syria, reflecting the changes and lessons of the Israel-Hezbollah War in 2006 and other recent conflicts. It offers extensive analysis, supported by tables and charts, on the trends in military spending, arms imports and technology transfers, military manpower, weapons, and orders of battle. By going beyond military balance analysis, Cordesman examines the probable nature and results of a future war and how the readiness, capability, tactics, and techno.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-284).

Figures -- Sources and methods -- ch. 1. Prospects for peace or war -- Military developments after the Israeli-Hezbollah War -- Shifts on the Golan -- A growing missile threat? -- Israeli and Syrian alarms and excursions in 2007 -- Conventional military tensions -- Israeli raid on Syrian "nuclear" facilities -- The prospects for war -- ch. 2. Major trends in force strength -- Israeli force quality versus Syrian force quantity -- Looking at a snapshot of total forces -- Comparative manpower quantity and quality -- ch. 3. Comparative land force strength : active versus mobilized strength -- Comparative land force manpower -- Armor and anti-tank weapons -- Artillery weapons -- Anti-aircraft weapons -- ch. 4. Comparative air strength : quality over quantity -- Comparative air force strength -- Air force manpower -- Air force aircraft, weapons, and technology -- Comparative land-based air defense forces -- ch. 5. Comparative naval strength : peripheral missions -- Shifts in the role of seapower -- Naval manpower -- Naval ships, weapons, and technology -- ch. 6. Total resources : recapitalization, force modernization, and impact on effectiveness -- Comparative trends in military expenditures -- Comparative trends in arms imports -- Recent deals : the importance of the US, Russia and Iran.

ch. 7. The military forces of Israel -- Israel's struggle to maintain its conventional "edge" -- Adapting to asymmetric wars -- The impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- The threat from Syrian weapons of mass destruction -- Seeking to add an asymmetric "edge" to a conventional one -- Adapting to new threats while retaining conventional military strengths -- The impact of the Israeli-Hezbollah War -- Restructuring forces to meet new mission needs -- Trends in manpower and total force strength before the 2006 Lebanon war : active versus reserve forces -- The "Kela 2008 plan" -- Kushet (Rainbow) plan -- Israeli defense planning after the 2006 Lebanon war -- The Winograd Commission -- Post-Hezbollah War reforms -- The Teffen 2012 five-year plan : implementing lessons learned? -- Israeli land forces -- Israeli air forces -- Land force transformation -- Changes in command and control and netcentric warfare -- Main battle tanks -- Other armor -- Antitank weapons -- Upgrading lighter vehicles and support forces -- Artillery forces -- Asymmetric warfare capabilities -- Other aspects of land force development -- Israeli land-based air defenses -- IAF fixed-wing combat forces -- IAF rotary-wing combat forces -- IAF "enablers" -- Modern air operations "Are" joint operations -- Air defense and air-to-air combat capability -- Air offense and air-to-ground combat capability -- Air operations for asymmetric warfare -- IAF readiness and training standards -- Current superiority and future challenges.

Israeli naval forces -- Surface fleet developments -- Smaller surface ships -- Submarine forces -- Amphibious forces -- Naval aviation -- The Navy's role in asymmetric warfare -- Naval readiness and mission capability -- Israel's counterterrorism and internal security forces -- Israeli capabilities -- Israeli terrorist groups -- Internal security versus human rights and political impacts -- Israeli weapons of mass destruction and missile defenses -- Probable Israeli capabilities -- Shifts in Israeli missile defenses -- ch. 8. The military forces of Syria -- Syria's long proxy war with Israel -- Internal stability, Alawite rule, and the Shi'ite crescent -- Syria's broader regional issues -- The trends in Syrian forces -- The Syrian modernization and recapitalization crisis -- The Russian connection -- Future arms deliveries -- Continuing to go "hollow" -- Syrian land forces -- Syrian force strengths and deployments -- Syrian main battle tanks -- Syrian other armored vehicles -- Syrian antitank weapons -- Syrian artillery -- Syrian rocket forces -- Syrian army air defenses -- Syrian army training, readiness, and warfighting capability -- Syrian air and air defense forces -- Syrian combat air strength -- Syrian rotary-wing combat strength -- Syrian air force training, readiness, and warfighting capabilities -- Syrian land-based air defenses -- Syrian air-defense weapons -- Shorter range Syrian air defenses -- Syrian air-defense training, readiness, and warfighting capabilities -- Syria's need for air-defense modernization.

Syrian naval forces -- Syrian surface forces -- Syrian amphibious capability -- Syrian naval aviation -- Syrian coastal-defense forces -- Syrian naval readiness, training, and warfighting capability -- Syrian paramilitary, security, and intelligence forces -- Syrian weapons of mass destruction -- The strategic geography of the Golan Heights -- The new dimensions of the strategic geography of the Golan -- The UN peacekeeping force on the Golan -- Israeli positions on the Golan -- Syrian positions near the Golan -- A Syrian surprise attack or "grab for the Golan -- Syrian options and motives -- The operational challenges Syria would face -- The risk of air and missile escalation -- Israeli options against Syria -- The cost of an IDF advance into Syria -- Israel's ability to use the AirLand battle in offensive operations -- Israel's deep strike and strategic air option -- Assessing the balance of risks.

ch. 10. Continuing external asymmetric wars -- Israel's "haves" versus Syria's "haves not" -- Syria's real-world strategic priorities versus asymmetric adventures -- The cost-benefits of the "spoiler" game -- The possible impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- Gaming a future Israeli-Hezbollah conflict? -- The Lebanese "wild card" -- The Lebanese armed forces -- Hezbollah's domestic and international posture -- The Iranian wild card -- Iranian proliferation -- The Israeli view and the uncertain Iranian strategic calculus -- Iran and the prospects for future military strike -- Possible Iranian response -- Shifts in Israeli strategic nuclear forces -- Notes.

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Israel and Syria: The Military Balance and Prospects of War provides a detailed and current picture of the military capabilities of Israel and Syria, reflecting the changes and lessons of the Israel-Hezbollah War in 2006 and other recent conflicts. It offers extensive analysis, supported by tables and charts, on the trends in military spending, arms imports and technology transfers, military manpower, weapons, and orders of battle. By going beyond military balance analysis, Cordesman examines the probable nature and results of a future war and how the readiness, capability, tactics, and techno.

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