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From drones to satellites, missile defense systems to cyber warfare, Israel is leading the world when it comes to new technology being deployed on the modern battlefield. The Weapon Wizards shows how this tiny nation of 8,000,000 learned to adapt to the changes in warfare and in the defense industry and become the new prototype of a 21st century superpower, not in size, but rather in innovation and efficiency - and as a result of its long war experience. Sitting on the front lines of how wars are fought in the 21st century, Israel has developed in its arms trade new weapons and retrofitted old ones so they remain effective, relevant, and deadly on a constantly-changing battlefield. While other countries begin to prepare for these challenges, they are looking to Israel - and specifically its weapons - for guidance. Israel is, in effect, a laboratory for the rest of the world. How did Israel do it? And what are the military and geopolitical implications of these developments? These are some of the key questions Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot address. Drawing on a vast amount of research, and unparalleled access to the Israeli defense establishment, this book is a report directly from the front lines.

©2017 Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot (P)2017 Tantor

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"An enlightening look into one of the less-familiar corners of the modern military world." (Kirkus)

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Good Overview, May Overstate Level of Innovation

Overall this was very well done. the book suffers a little from overstating the uniqueness of some Israeli weapons programs. For example, the chapter on the Iron Dome seems to ignore the fact that the Patriot system was developed by the U.S. prior to the first Gulf War, and was actually deployed in Israel during that conflict. While a good case can be made for the superiority of the Iron Dome system as a short-range ballistic middle interceptor, the authors write the chapter on the Iron Dome almost as if the Patriot system did not exist long before the Iron Dome. More nuance would improve the material. On a stylistic note, the word "chutzpah" is overused, and the narrator's monolithic impression of all Israeli males is a bit overdone.
Overall, however, the book is good, and I recommend it.

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  • 11-10-17

Weapons systems to survive.


When all your neighbours want you dead and you have nowhere else to go, you become a victim or you develop some defences that will assure your survival.
A very interesting book that describes the reasons Israel is a weapons developer far beyond its demographics would lead you to expect and how they have managed to get there.
Full of anecdotes and a with a bit of boastfulness the authors take us through a little of the history of Israel and some of the reasons some of their systems for battle have been developed and also who is buying some of this platform.
A very interesting book that is also a good example of what can be achieved when survival is the motivator.

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  • 09-20-17

Interesting

An excellent book that gives a good, relatively up to date overview of the israeli military and arms industry. Includes areas on arms sales, drones, tank developement etc.

Some armchair generals may find they already know the details, but in an area (arms sales and tech.) generally overshadowed by a flood of information regarding US projects, I found this small nations ability to innovate quite impressive.