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Limitations of Standoff Firepower-Based Operations

The Limitations of Standoff Firepower-Based Operations


I am pleased to inform you that INSS Memorandum No. 89, The Limitations of Standoff Firepower-Based Operations: On Standoff Warfare, Maneuver, and Decision, by Ron Tira, in both English and Hebrew versions, is now available on line.

In the study, the author takes a critical look at changes in the Israel Defense Forces and other Western militaries regarding force structure and force utilization concepts, based on a preference for standoff precision firepower over classic maneuver. Using the Second Lebanon War as a primary case study, the monograph examines some of the limitations inherent in standoff fire capability and argues that by itself it is generally incapable of bringing the enemy to strategic collapse. Tira contends that given Israel’s security reality, it seems there is no replacing the tactical battlefield that includes maneuvering and conquering territory.

I hope you find this study of interest. It can be accessed at

Moshe Grundman
Director of Publications


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