Report shines unflattering light on MOD failures (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yaron Druckman Published: 05.01.12, 16:15)
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State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss presents last report of his
term; criticizes Defense Ministry´s lack of adherence to state
regulations; warns continued government procrastination puts civil
aviation at risk
State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss submitted his annual report to
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday. The report will be
Lindenstrauss´ last, as he is set to retire.
The report has been deemed "unprecedented in scope" and contains 64
chapters reviewing the defense establishment, the government and
various other bodies.
Lindenstrauss´ report reviewed various issues concerning state
security, the defense establishment and the military industries.
Lindenstrauss noted that various IDF bodies failed to follow up on
certain aspects of munitions acquisitions, causing a two-year delay
for the army.
The report also detailed several failures in the decision-making
process regarding the IDF´s drone array, noting that the Defense
Ministry and the Aerospace Industries "must review their protocols
and collaboration and ensure that the existing controlling mechanisms
are applied and reviewed.
"Both should also review the great investments needed to realize some
of the projects and their impact on the defense budget."
He further criticized the Military Industries´ protocols, saying
that "Deciding on heavy munitions production sans budgetary backup
from the government is a fundamental failure."
Lindenstrauss´ review of military exports´ protocols was also
unflattering, as he found that "Many operational failures have been
found it at least five major deals." He further cites Defense
Ministry officials, including its director general, for breaking
"Given the innate sensitivity of military exports, a situation where
laws and regulations are not followed, or when the Foreign Ministry
is not consulted with, may seriously harm Israel´s interest," he
´Civil Aviation at risk´
One of the most disconcerting chapters in the report reviewed the
defense – or lack thereof – of civilian planes against missile
The decision to apply missile defense to civilian aircraft was made
in 2003, following a November 2002 incident in which missiles were
fired at an Israeli plane flying over Kenya.
Then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon instructed the defense establishment
to promote the installation of anti-missile defense systems on
civilian planes in order to counter the threat. He also ordered the
development of a special defense system for civilian aircraft.
Still, despite the matter´s vital priority, the report states that
the various bodies that have been handling it through the years – and
particularly the various transportation and finance ministers –
are "fumbling through it."
The Transpiration Ministry was tasked with heading the project, but
Lindenstrauss found that it has so far failed to form a taskforce on
the matter, or ever name specific individuals to oversee the various
aspects of the project. It has also failed to form an overall concept
by which the project would be run.
As a result, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to suspend the
project in 2011, citing "implementation issues."
As for the development of a special defense system, the process has
apparently deadlocked, but was restarted in March 2011, on orders
from Netanyahu. Still, the Transportation Ministry delayed in
submitting the necessary plans.
"Despite this being a matter or national and security importance and
that with each passing day the risk to civilian aviation grows, the
Transportation Ministry still took five months to follow the PM´s
order," Lindenstrauss wrote.
He added that despite the known danger to civil aviation and various
government decisions to prioritize the matter, "The fact that a great
gap still remains between the intensity of the threat and that of its
solution, is extremity grave." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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