Roughly a year ago, the Israel Defense Forces made extensive structural changes in order to accommodate technological advancements.

The program, which included the closure of some units that relied on outdated equipment, had been scheduled for an evaluation later this year, but the ground operation in the Gaza Strip has offered an opportunity for real-time evaluation in the field.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said a year ago, “The near future could lead us into conflicts that will be decided by the IDF’s technological superiority — in the air, on the sea and on the ground, with fewer heavy vehicles and increasing use of sophisticated and unmanned equipment.” […]