Logistics: Israeli War Reserve Stocks


October 5, 2007: Israel is rebuilding its war reserve stocks. That's the stockpile of munitions, spare parts and replacement equipment needed to support a month, or more, of intense combat. The exact composition of these stocks is a military secret. These stocks had been allowed to run down over the last decade. This was partly because none of Israel's neighbors seemed able, or inclined, to start a conventional war. Then there was the Palestinian terror campaign that began seven years ago, which diverted attention, and money, from conventional war. Then the war with Hizbollah in 2006 used up a lot of smart bombs and other munitions from the war reserve. So efforts are underway to rebuild the war reserve stocks. In the last year, the Israeli Air Force has received about half a billion dollars worth of U.S. smart bombs and missiles. One the way are 10,000 JDAM kits (that turn a dumb bomb into a smart one), 4,000 Paveway laser guided bombs, 11,500 dumb bombs, 2,000 cluster bombs, and 700 air-to-air missiles.

Israeli manufacturers of competing missiles and smart bombs are not happy with all this American stuff going into the War Reserve. But the Americans are paying for it, and Israeli manufacturers cannot produce the quantities desired as quickly as the Americans can. Some 75 percent of the $2-3 billion in U.S. aid Israel receives each year must, by American law, be spent on U.S. goods. There is a sense of urgency about the war reserve stocks, as there is apparently there is some concern that Syria might do something foolish, something that would require the Israeli armed forces to use a lot of smart bombs and missiles, to take care of.


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