Mission Command in the Israel Defense Forces Book Launch Information

Mission Command in the Israel Defense Forces is out now. Here’s everything you need to know about this AUSA Book Program title.

Book cover for Mission Command in the Israel Defense Forces (from the UNG Press, 2021). Features a female service member of the Israel Defense Forces.
Cover design by Corey Parson

Mission Command in the Israel Defense Forces

Brig. General (Ret.) Gideon Avidor

Contributing Authors
Dr. Eitan Shamir
Admiral Ze’ev Almog
Colonel Shay Shabtai
Dr. Dov Glazer
Lt. General Haim Laskov
Maj. General Israel Tal
Maj. General Doron Rubin
Lt. General Motta Gur
Lt. General Moshe Ya’alon
Colonel Yizhak Ronen
Lieutenant Yosef Gensburg
Brig. General Oded Basyuk
Lt. Colonel Ariel Amihai
Lt. Colonel Idan Morag
Captain Ehud Erell
Maj. General Amos Yaron
Maj. General Yoram Yair
Colonel Boaz Cohen
Brig. General Ofeq Bukhris
Major Vered Vonokor-Hai
Lt. Colonel Yotam Amitai
Colonel Avi Dahan

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The Israel Defense Forces have relied on mission command since their foundation. This essay collection explores Israel’s military strategy through the understanding of mission command and its relation to command and control. Mission Command in the Israel Defense Forces provides real-world scenarios that used mission command – written by the acting officers themselves.

Mission Command in the Israel Defense Forces is an official AUSA Book Program title.

Brig. General (Ret.) Gideon Avidor recruited to the I.D.F. in 1957 to the Armored Corps. He commanded Tank Company, Battalion, and Brigade. He participated in the Six-Day War as Tank Brigade G3; in the Yom Kippur war, he was the 252nd Division G3. During the Second Lebanon War, he was the Chief Armored Officer. He also commanded the School of Armor, was the DY Armor Corps Commander, the Israeli Defense Attaché, and the Ministry of Defense representative to Singapore, Australia, Papua-New Guinea, New Zealand, and the Philippines. He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the I.D.F. National Defense College. He holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Urban Geography.


“Absolutely essential reading for anyone studying the history and command structure of the Israel Defense Force, Mission Command in the Israel Defense Forces is accessibly organized and presented in five major sections: Theory; An Army is Born; Leaders Talk; Mission Command Put to Test; Mission Command Over the Horizon. Additional enhanced for academia, Mission Command in the Israel Defense Forces also features an informative Introduction by Brig. General Gideon Avidor and two Appendices (Terminology; Abbreviations). A seminal study, Mission Command in the Israel Defense Forces is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Military History collections in general, and Israeli Military History supplemental curriculum reading lists in particular.”

—Midwest Book Review, “Library Bookwatch,” Vol. 16, No. 4, April 2021

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