Israel, U.S. Complete Joint Exercise

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli and American officers completed a four-day joint training exercise testing "extreme scenarios" Thursday.

Brigadier General Yossi Heiman, head of the Division for Strategic Planning and Foreign Relations, led the Israeli team, which included Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officers from the Central Command's planning, operations, intelligence and logistics sectors and officers from the Israeli air force and navy.

Brigadier General Mark Brilakis, deputy director for Operations Directorate European Command Plans and Operations Center, led the American team.

Test scenarios for the exercise were drawn from events of the past several years, which the military expects to reoccur in the near future, though specific Arab countries or terror organizations were not named in the exercise.

Last week, U.S. Army General Bantz J. Craddock, commander of EUCOM, briefed U.S. congressmen on the importance of joint exercises between EUCOM and the IDF.

Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that remains within the scope of EUCOM.

Syria and Lebanon are now under the US Central Command (USCENTCOM), along with Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Source: Haaretz

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