Israel Defence Forces (IDF) are pushing ahead with reforms to the training programme for logistics officers to reflect lessons learned from the 2006 war with the Lebanese militant group Hizbullah. During that conflict, the army failed to set up functioning logistical supply lines, leaving combat troops stranded in hostile territory in southern Lebanon.

Under the reforms being overseen by Colonel Ron Iiluz, the IDF’s chief logistics officer, and Colonel Eli Gilad, the commander of the Logistics Training Centre (located at the Ground Forces Training Centre at Tzelim in southern Israel), cadets are to be put through exercises under full combat conditions involving operational forces.