The use of cyberspace on the modern battlefield is essential for the 21st-century military. The United States, Britain and China all have developed cyber capabilities, which can be used for defense and attack. The Israeli Defense Forces have also disclosed their efforts to stand up a cyber capability.
Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, chief of military intelligence with the IDF, said at the Institute for National Security Studies that “Using computer networks for espionage is as important to warfare today as the advent of air support was to warfare in the 20th century.”
Yadlin said IDF was currently working toward setting up itsown cyber capability, citing the example of the United States and Britain setting up cyber war commands.
“The cyber-warfare field fits well with Israel’s defense doctrine,” he said.
The majority of Israeli intelligence agencies already possess cyber teams and Israel has used cyber attacks in the past against Hamas.