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Yiftah Shapir

Yiftah Shapir is the head of the INSS Middle East Military Balance project. For more than 10 years he was co-editor of the annual volume Middle East Military Balance, where he was responsible for the quantitative section of the publication. Currently he is in charge of the quantitative military balance section on the INSS website. Mr. Shapir also follows issues of modern military technology, including ballistic missiles, space technology and Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) in the Middle East.

In 1993 Mr. Shapir joined the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (JCSS) at Tel Aviv University (now incorporated into the INSS), as an associate of the Center's Project on Security and Arms Control under prof. Shai Feldman, where he followed the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Middle East.

Before joining the JCSS Mr Shapir served as a career officer in the Israeli Air Force (from which he retired as a Lt. Colonel). Mr. Shapir has extensive background in information technology and opreations research. Mr Shapir holds a B.Sc in Physics and Chemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA from the Recanati Business School at Tel Aviv Universit

Articles by Yiftah Shapir (2)

  • The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: The analyst's grief

    Israel has entered the 'age of the fifth generation combat aircraft'. Its first F-35I 'Adir' was rolled out at Lockheed-Martin's facility in Ft. Worth, Texas. Israel's new Minister of Defense, Avigdor Liberman, attended, and the Israeli media was filled with superlatives: 'deadlier than any other plane', 'it will change the Middle East' and so forth. The F-35 really is a technological marvel. It has capabilities that are not available in any other combat aircraft before it.
  • Saudi Arabia goes to war

    Saudi Arabia's recent actions have caused a great deal of anxiety within its region. On 4  February, a military spokesman suggested that Saudi Arabia was ready to send troops ground troops to fight ISIS in Syria. A week later Saudi Arabia announced that it will send combat aircraft and soldiers to Turkey to participate in the US-led coalition against ISIS. Three days later the Saudis launched 'Northern Thunder', described as the 'largest military exercise in the history of the Middle East'.