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The Israel Defense Forces and the National Economy of Israel

A Product of the IDI Army and Society Forum

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  • Number Of Pages: 78 Pages
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The seventh session of IDI's Army and Society Forum was “The Israel Defense Forces and the National Economy of Israel.” The session was attended by senior officers of the Israel Defense Forces officers headed by the chief-of-staff, IDI staff, academic researchers and public figures from various sectors of Israeli society. This volume summarizes a variety of opinions and approaches expressed during the session.

The subject of the seventh session of IDI's Army and Society Forum, which was held in the summer of 2003, was "The Israel Defense Forces and the National Economy of Israel." This session was held in the eye of the storm – that is to say, during the government debate on the 2004 state budget, a debate which naturally included a discussion of the defense budget. The session was attended by senior officers of the Israel Defense Forces officers headed by the chief-of-staff, the staff of the Israel Democracy Institute, academic researchers and public figures from various sectors of Israeli society.

A variety of opinions and approaches, summarized in this article, were expressed during the session. The present article is based on the participants' comments and on the preparatory material distributed to the participants prior to the session.

Appendix A includes the session program; Appendix B provides a list of invited guests, according to the different discussion groups; Appendix C lists the background material distributed to the participants.

Introduction: What is National Resilience?
The Inter-Relationship between the Components of National Resilience

Military Security as a Component of National Resilience
The Army as a Catalyst for Economic Growth: the Military Industrial Complex
Security vs. Insecurity – Difficulties in Estimating Costs

The Connection between Security Perception and Defense Expenditure
Long-Term Planning in the IDF
Characteristics of the Defense Budget

The Decision-Making Process in Preparing the Defense Budget
Historical Review
Israel's Defense versus Israel's Economy – The Problematic Status Quo

Avenues of Action
The Political Avenue
The Military Avenue
The Political/Military Interface

Model for Preparing the Defense Budget
The Decision-Making Process Relating to the Defense Budget of the State of Israel
Proposal for a Structured Process for Preparing the Defense Budget

Appendices