June 4, 2012
The IDF Spokesman’s website is not usually in the business of breaking stories, so Sunday’s report on the Operations Department instructions defining the roles of cyber warfare in the IDF’s operational doctrine was unexpected and intriguing. According to the report,
Cyber space is to be handled similarly to other battlefields on ground, at sea, in the air and in space. The IDF has been engaged in cyber activity consistently and relentlessly, gathering intelligence and defending its own cyber space. Additionally if necessary the cyber space will be used to execute attacks and intelligence operations.
There are many, diverse, operational cyber warfare goals, including thwarting and disrupting enemy projects that attempt to limit operational freedom of both the IDF and the State of Israel, as well as incorporating cyber warfare activity in completing objectives at all fronts and in every kind of conflict. Moreover, it will be used to maintain Israel’s quality and advantage over its enemies and prevent their growth and military capabilities, while limiting their operation in this field.