1. Sen. Tom Cotton Eyed Again for CIA Chief
Monday, 16 Oct 2017 09:02 AM
The White House is thinking of nominating Mike Pompeo, the current director of Central Intelligence, to serve as secretary of state and replacing him with the 40-year-old Harvard law school graduate and veteran of the Armys 101st Airborne, according to Axios.
Cotton developed a special relationship with Trump during the presidential transition when he was first considered as a CIA director. Since Trump took office, Cotton has been a close adviser in the Senate, steering the president toward “discipline and conservative policy in the face of 140-character headwinds“,The New York Time reported.
2.COLLECTING INTELLIGENCE – AND IN WAYS NO FEMALE SOLDIER HAS DONE BEFORΕ
Using the “Granit” since August, Ribenfeld’s soldiers are the first female combat intelligence soldiers in the IDF to use the tactical intelligence collection vehicle once used only by male soldiers.
His soldiers, who trained for one week on the system before being deployed to the field with the vehicle, have a unique role, combining their combat capabilities as infantry soldiers with their advanced intelligence-gathering skills.
Built by Israel Aircraft Industries’ Elta Group, the “Granit” has been integrated onto the Ford 550 Ram model, which has full armor protection and a concealed telescopic mast that can be raised at the press of a button when the vehicle stops.
Along with its telescopic mast and radar system, the “Granit” combines several field intelligence-collection systems and strengthens the IDF’s means of intelligence gathering.
“Intelligence collection has become more effective, faster and precise” Ribenfeld said, explaining that the system’s architecture and easy user interface allows for clearer intelligence on a target spotted by radar.
“Without this system, you would have to use a map to figure out where the target is and would lose time trying to figure out what the target is,” he said, adding that the system quickly closes the circle from spotting a target to getting all the relevant intelligence on it.
“It’s automatic and almost instant. I see something and I press a button and get all the information I need on the target”.
The mobility of the system also allows increased flexibility for the operators if they are needed in a different area, such as deeper in the Negev desert where there is no surveillance or IDF presence.
The combat intelligence corps is the youngest of the corps in the land forces of the IDF responsible for intelligence collection in the field and the transfer of that information to other field units such as the co-ed Bardalas battalion.
The Eitam battalion is instrumental in the IDF Southern Command, responsible for the entire Negev and key to keeping up with the security situation in Sinai, especially regarding the ongoing Egyptian military operation against Islamic State terrorists who continue to carry out attacks in the restive peninsula.
According to Ribenfeld, holidays are particularly sensitive times because there is a significant increase in the number of tourists in the area. And, although he doesn’t believe there will be a terrorist attack, troops are “always at the ready.”
In January 2014, Lt.-Col. Oshrat Bachar, a member of Caracal, became the first woman in Israel to command a combat brigade, taking the head of Field Intelligence Battalion 727 stationed on the Israel-Egypt border.
According to IDF figures, there has been a significant increase in the numbers of female recruits asking to be evaluated for combat service, and while the most popular units for female combat soldiers are Home Front Command and Border Police, many also join the artillery corps, the infantry’s co-ed battalions and combat-intelligence units such as Ribenfeld’s.
3. IDF: MISCOMMUNICATION BETWEEN ARMY, CIVILIAN SECURITY ENABLED HALAMISH ATTACK
OCTOBER 2, 2017 16:15
The military says that an investigation into the deadly attack which claimed the lives of three Israelis last month was a result of failures by troops and civilian security forces.
The investigation was carried out in cooperation with the security forces of the Binyamin Regional Council and the civilian security establishment of settlement.It was found that a lack of effective communication between the civilian security apparatus and the military was the main reason behind why the terrorist was able to spend 15 minutes in the settlement before being neutralized.
According to Manelis, the patrol that was investigating the infiltration alert thought the warning of a possible infiltration was a result of wind or an animal as the settlement is located close to a forest.
Following the investigation, the district defense commander of the Binyamin Brigade received an official command remark on his record regarding his failure to comply with procedures relating to the lack of communication between the army and the settlement.
The company commander of the Netzah Yehuda Battalion was also reprimanded by the commander of the Kfir Brigade after failing to fully assess the situation.
The commander of the IDF patrol, who held the rank of sergeant, was reprimanded by the brigade commander and sentenced to 21 days of on-base detention. The soldiers of the patrol received an official note on their permanent records.
In addition the settlement’s civilian security coordinator, its deputy, and the private security officer monitoring the settlement’s front gate all received reprimands for not calling the military after the sensors warned of an infiltration. The settlement’s deputy security coordinator and the guard at the gate were dismissed from their positions.
In addition, Manelis stated that despite the IDF allocating funds and a plan being developed to upgrade Halamish’s security fence in November 2016, the plan had was not fully implemented. Other security measures had also not been improved. As such, the IDF will now be installing additional security systems in the settlements.
On July 21, 19-year-old Omar al-Abed from the West Bank village of Kobar, near Ramallah, infiltrated the Halamish community.
According to the initial investigation he gained access into the settlement by crawling under its first fence and cut through an additional fence with scissors. He then climbed a trees to get over the next two security fences, including an electric fence, to get inside.
After walking through the settlement’s cemetery he reached two homes, and decided to enter the Salomon home after seeing it with its lights on and stabbed the three Salomon family members to death and injured the mother, Tova Salomon.
Al-Abed was neutralized by off duty IDF soldier Sgt. A. who heard the victims screams from his home. He ran to the Salomon home and shot one bullet through the window with his pistol.
Sgt. A. and his father, Shimon Maoz, entered the house, identified the neutralized terrorist and called security forces.
The investigation into the attack praised Sgt. A’s actions and he was later awarded a commendation.
A month after the attack, security forces arrested family members of the terrorist and demolished the al-Abed home. Al-Abed, who had initially planned to carry out an attack using a suicide belt or firearms, was indicted for the murder of the Salomon family in August.
with female fighters is amazing. Everyday I am getting to know my fighters better and realizing they have great skills. There’s never been a time that they couldn’t complete what I gave them,” Ribenfeld told the Post. “As someone who commanded men before, I can say their level is higher than that of the male fighters”.