IDF intel units grow to cope with Mideast upheaval (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 07/13/12)
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Military Intelligence marks graduation of largest course in
directorate´s history, sees 25% increase in number of participants.
boosted its ranks with additional officers to fill new positions in
its research, analysis and technological units due to the ongoing
upheaval in the Middle East and the perceived increase in threats to
On Thursday, Military Intelligence marked the graduation of another
course of new intelligence officers. A senior officer said that the
course was the largest in the directorate’s history and saw a 25
percent increase in the number of participants.
“MI is growing due to the changes in Israel’s strategic and
operational positions, the need for more technology and the increase
in the areas of interest that we follow,” the officer said.
According to the officer, among the new areas of interest that
Military Intelligence has added to its list are Sudan, Libya, Saudi
Arabia, Turkey and Jordan. In addition, it has beefed up the unit
that had previously covered the Sinai Peninsula.
He said that Libya and Sudan were of interest since they are both
countries used to smuggle weapons to the Gaza Strip. Military
Intelligence’s interest in the Sinai has grown due to the instability
in the peninsula, the increase in terror activity there and the
Egyptian government’s lack of control.
Turkey, which has cut off diplomatic and military ties with Israel,
is also looked at differently today, he said.
“The changes require MI to grow and develop new capabilities to a
resolution that it didn’t need to before,” he said.
The officers who graduated on Thursday were part of the three-month
course at the the directorate’s training base near the Glilot
junction, which is mandatory for soldiers who graduate from the IDF’s
Bahad 1 Officer Training School before taking up their new command
“During the course, we focus on three main issues – command and
leadership values, interpersonal skills and professional
capabilities,” he said. “We basically reveal all of MI to them and
show them new topics that they will have to deal with like
The officer said that Military Intelligence was also working to
create capabilities that would enable it to analyze public and
“We deal not only with terror groups but also with public opinion and
the Arab street. One way to do this is to follow trendsetters to
understand what will happen,” he said. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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