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ASPI suggests: welcome to the Iron Dome

Posted By on November 29, 2012 @ 13:09

Welcome back for another instalment of new reports, articles and events in the defence, strategy and security world.


Iron Dome has been seen as a successful missile defence system during recent violence between Israel and Hamas. But according to the Wall Street Journal [1], it actually took many years of lobbying (and, by the developer’s admission, sidestepping bureaucracy) to get Israeli and eventual US support for the project.

Iron Dome system in Ashdod intercepts a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. [2]

For the defence economists out there, James Hasik has an interesting post on his own blog on the economics of the Iron Dome [3]. Did Israel get value for money?

Meanwhile, Robert Farley explains on The Diplomat why the Iron Dome won’t work in Asia [4], and Avnish Patel over at RUSI looks at the benefits of partnership between defence industry [5] to develop missile defence systems.

Turning now to cyber matters, Land Warfare Studies Centre’s Clint Arizmendi has a new Blogs of War post on the blurred line between ‘hacktivism’ and terrorism [6].


Professor Richard Rigby [7] will speaking on China’s new leadership and what it means for the world at AIIA offices in Canberra on Monday 3 December at 5.30pm.

Brisbane-based readers, Australia’s Ambassador to Iraq, Lyndall Sachs, will be talking about diplomacy at the frontline [8] at the University of Queensland, Wednesday 5 December at 6pm (canapés from 5.15pm).

Adelaide-based readers, Dr Pamela Schulz, lecturer at the Magill Campus in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, will deliver a presentation on perceptions of Defence in traditional and social media [9] on Monday 3 December.

Image: Nehemia Gershuni-Aylho [10].

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[1] according to the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324712504578136931078468210.html

[2] Image: http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/8194572552_ef3925fffb_b.jpg

[3] economics of the Iron Dome: http://www.jameshasik.com/weblog/2012/11/the-economics-of-the-iron-dome.html

[4] why the Iron Dome won’t work in Asia: http://thediplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2012/11/22/sorry-folks-israels-iron-dome-wont-work-in-asia/

[5] benefits of partnership between defence industry: http://www.rusi.org/analysis/commentary/ref:C50AF6FF92537D/#.ULasleSkr60

[6] blurred line between ‘hacktivism’ and terrorism: http://blogsofwar.com/2012/11/26/guest-post-blurring-the-lines-between-hacktivism-and-terrorism/

[7] Professor Richard Rigby: http://www.aiia.asn.au/act-events/event/613-the-aiia-act-branch-christmas-party-with-professor-rigby

[8] diplomacy at the frontline: http://www.polsis.uq.edu.au/index.html?page=187751

[9] perceptions of Defence in traditional and social media: https://www.rusi.org.au/states/sa/whats_on.php

[10] Nehemia Gershuni-Aylho: http://www.NGPhoto.biz

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