The Israel Defense Force's General Staff completed on Thursday a large-scale staff exercise that tested the readiness of the miltary's commands, branches and departments. The exercise is the first large-scale drill to be held under the command of Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz.
The exercise included soldiers in mandatory service as well as reservists, and simulated various possible war scenarios. It tested methods of combat and cooperation between land, air and navy forces.
The exercise simulated a multi-front war and included logistics, intelligence, public diplomacy, care for the home front and communication with the political tier.
Lessons from the Second Lebanon war, operation Cast Lead and other exercises were also implemented.
Lt.-Gen. Gantz oversaw the drill and Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited, received briefings, and took part in situation assessments. Lt.-Gen. Gantz noted that the drill is a "traditional" one that is held annually and its timing was set well in advance.