The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is planning major C4I upgrades over five years to augment networked combat capabilities and offset the impact of budget-driven downsizing.

Billions of shekels in budget cuts are driving drastic reductions in IDF force strength, officers here said, with several armored brigades, one reserve division and older artillery, aircraft and ships slated for decommissioning over the next five years.

To compensate, the IDF’s 2014-’18 spending plan — known here as Te’uza — calls for fortifying connectivity while linking lower-level combat echelons into the C4I networks now supporting joint planning and operations at higher command levels. […]