Exercise will test military’s ability to transition to emergency mode; Hundreds of thousands of reservists will receive telephone message.
The IDF General Staff launched a large-scale, three day drill on Monday, testing the military’s ability to rapidly transition itself from routine activities to an emergency war footing.
Over the course of the drill, hundreds of thousands of IDF reservists will receive mock telephone messages asking them to confirm that the call-up system works, and thousands of reservists will be physically called up to bases at short notice.
“This is one of the largest reservist telephone call-ups we’ve had in an exercise,” a senior military source said.
“We want to ensure that the system is well-oiled and working.”
The IDF’s Northern and Southern territorial commands will drill response to attacks from Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza.
During the call up, the Israel Air Force will place its air bases in emergency mode, and practice rapidly translating intelligence data into air strikes.
The Israel Navy also will take part, testing its infrastructure.
“For the first time, cyber defenses will be a part of a General Staff exercise,” the source said.
Full article: IDF launches massive 3-day drill, calls up thousands of reservists (Jerusalem Post)