Britain looked to Israel for military deception
When British military leaders set up a special task force in 1969 to study how best to use deception to achieve their battlefield aims, they turned their attention to the tactics used by the Israelis — not the Americans.
Formerly classified documents released Friday by the National Archives show that many officers felt the Americans didn't have a knack for deceiving the enemy. Americans were judged to be so open and friendly that they lacked cunning.
The so-called Defense Deception Advisory Group studied
in detail the way Israel's military and political
leaders used a complex series of intertwined
deceptions to fool their Arab enemies about the Jewish
state's intentions and its military capabilities.
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