Leadership: February 26, 2005


In a break with tradition, the new head (Chief of Staff) of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) is an air force guy (former Air Force Commander general Dan Halutz). All previous Chiefs of Staff have been army men. This change could mean that the Israeli's have decided the threat from the Palestinians, or of conventional attack, is passing, and that in the future they will mostly need to deal with more dangerous long-range airborne threats. And then there's Iran's nuclear program, which is vulnerable only to the Israeli air force. The Israeli air force also controls the delivery of Israels nuclear weapons, either by ballistic missile or aircraft. If Arab nations get nuclear weapons, then the convincing threat of nuclear retaliation from Israel will be the primary method of preventing Israel from getting nuked.


Article Archive

Leadership: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close