Israeli Defense Increases May Depend on Key Management Reforms

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“T’zahull” (IDF) Logo DID recently ran an article offering various lessons learned and analyses from Israel’s recent Round 1 conflict with Hezbollah. These included dismay at the state of Israel’s reserve forces and corruption within its procurement and maintenance efforts. Now Stella Korin-Lieber reports that elected Israeli representatives and government officials are demanding that any cash injection or increase in the Israeli defense budget (the FY 2007 request is reportedly for an additional 19.2 billion shekels, or $4.38 billion above the regular NIS 45 billion/ $10.26 billion) should be made conditional on the adoption of improved accountability measures. According to her report, these measures reportedly include items such as: # Unclassified items (mostly wages) would no longer be classifiable as secret, and instead of approval by the joint defense budget subcommittee they would be approved by the Knesset Finance Committee like all other ministry budgets. This would cover about NIS 20 billion of the present IDF budget. # Reduction of the “notification limit” for internal budgetary changes or movement of funds from one budget to another, from NIS 90 million to NIS 10 million, and a change from the filing of mere retrospective reports to requirements that would demand approval […]

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