When analyzing armed conflicts, most of the attention is given to the performance aspect of the two sides. Not enough attention is given to the no less important factor of force building, meaning the way in which the military forces were constructed over the years.
Many countries today still stick to the old concept from World War II. This concept emphasizes the quantity and quality of the fighting platforms (Tanks, Planes, Ships etc.) as the most significant parameters affecting an armed conflict’s outcome.
However, this concept is no longer valid in the 21st century because in the armed conflicts of today, the aircraft’s speed or the tank’s maneuverability are not so much important as the quality of the systems which are installed upon these platforms such as anti-missile electronic defense systems, radars and long range missiles capable of overcoming other anti-missile systems.
In other words, upgrading the weapons and defense systems is much more valuable than renewing the platforms. This change in the way modern militaries should manage their procurement along with other crucial insights, were already recognized by general Eiland over 20 years ago when he headed the IDF’s planning branch.
General Eiland is considered to be a worldwide expert in the way modern military forces (including navy, air force and army) of today should be built, taken into account both operational and economic considerations.
Thus, Eiland can greatly assist law enforcement agencies and national defense ministries in getting maximum security and military capabilities out of limited budgets.