The Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) latest five-year plan, roughly half of the 310 billion shekel ($78.6 billion) projected for defense spending through 2020, aims to bulk up cyber-protected, networked combat capabilities while cutting back on manpower and non-combat support services.

Dubbed Gideon, the plan is designed to augment the IDF’s capacity to fight in multiple theaters, with sufficient war stocks to allow for protracted combat along its northern border with Lebanon and Syria — which is considered two fronts of the same theater — and at least one other theater, whether that be Gaza, the West Bank or Iran, officers here said.

“We certainly don’t intend to reduce our current capabilities for Iran,” an IDF general officer said when asked if the recent nuclear deal with Iran would allow Israel to divert resources to other theaters. […]