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January 23, 2023

U.S., Israel Launch ‘Most Significant Joint Military Exercise’ amid Iran Tensions

Featuring Jonathan Lord

Source: Haaretz

Journalist Ben Samuels

"Juniper Oak 23.2 is unprecedented in its scope and scale. It demonstrates the sophistication of U.S. and Israeli forces – it’s no small feat to engage in coordinated joint operations across literally every domain. This exercise will incorporate land, sea, air, space, and cyber operations," Center for a New American Security Senior Fellow Jonathan Lord said.

"There are a couple valuable messages that come from an exercise of this size and scope. Israel’s new and emerging military partners in the Gulf can look at the high-level of interoperability and raw capability of the U.S. and Israeli militaries and see that as a future goal for their own militaries – to be able to execute at that level and with seamless integration. For Iran, the message is clear: the United States and Israel have the capability to existentially threaten this regime if it crosses the Rubicon on nuclear development," Lord added.

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  • Jonathan Lord

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Jonathan Lord is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security program at CNAS. Prior to joining CNAS, Lord served as a professional staff member for the House Arme...