The IDF’s Secret AI Weapon

Written By Jason Simpkins

Updated May 15, 2024

If the brutal attack Hamas carried out against Israel was a case study in resourcefulness and naked hostility, then Israel’s response will be something different.

Yes, it may be just as vicious and seemingly crude, but it’s also underpinned by a level of technology that groups like Hamas simply don’t have access to (yet).

No doubt, Israel has some of the most advanced military technology on the planet. And it may have failed to prevent Hamas’s initial attack, but that tech is going to figure prominently in the war as it’s now being fought. 

In fact, we’ve already seen it in previous instances.

That is, in 2021 the IDF carried out a series of strikes against Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets. 

And powerful new AI tools made it all possible.

Not only that, but AI helped the IDF to accomplish in just 11 days what previously took months, if not years.

You see, militaries around the world collect massive amounts of data from a sprawling network of assets. 

Visual intelligence, signal intelligence, human intelligence, geographic intelligence, etc. 

Problem is, not all of those assets are connected. 

That is, a satellite photo, a blip on a radar, and the testimony of a spy on the ground may all lead to a singular conclusion, but someone still has to connect the dots.

Someone or something. Because that’s where AI comes in.

You see, before AI was all the rage, a secretive military intelligence unit was using it to comb through a mountain of military intelligence data to pinpoint targets for bombing runs and missile strikes.

In fact, the unit, which I call the “Shield,” pioneered a number of algorithms and code to create a new generation of AI programs with names like “Alchemist,” “Gospel,” and “Depth of Wisdom.” 

Gospel used AI to generate a high-quality list of potential targets to strike.

As a result, the IDF was able to strike hundreds of terrorist assets; rocket manufacturing, production, and storage sites; military intelligence offices; ships; submersibles; drones; and missile launchers that were aimed at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Prior to that, Israel spent years identifying possible targets, but with AI they were able to acquire them in real time.

They even identified the personal homes of top commanders, aiding in the elimination of more than 150 terrorist operatives.

One strike was so precise that it killed senior Hamas operative Bassem Issa, who was hiding out in a tunnel beneath a high-rise building surrounded by six schools and a hospital — and it did it without a single civilian casualty.

And speaking of tunnels, AI helped out there too.

Indeed, the Palestinian militants who are effectively walled into the Gaza Strip rely on an elaborate system of tunnels to sneak in and out of the territory and transport weapons.

Well, the Shield used an advanced AI algorithm to map out the entire underground maze. It created a complete picture of the network above and below ground — right down to the tunnel’s thickness. 

It even identified the tunnels' respective purposes.

With that information, the IDF was able to target its strikes in such a way that whole tracts of the sprawling network were completely closed off for good.

This information also ensured that the IDF used the right munition for each target — whether it was a smaller smart bomb for a precision strike in a densely populated area or a bunker buster for underground tunnels.

Furthermore, the efficacy of the AI program shortened intelligence gathering and target acquisition times, effectively shortening the length of the operation.

Meanwhile, another AI program, Alchemist, saved lives by alerting troops in the field to pending terrorist attacks.

This was essentially the first time AI was used in combat, but now we’re seeing similar technology used in Ukraine, as well.

And while Israel right now is in something of a leveling phase of this latest war (vengeance and an iron fist are trumping humanitarian concerns at the moment), continued operations in Gaza will require more precision and ingenuity.

Over time, there will have to be a renewed emphasis on intelligence and AI programs that the Shield continues to develop.

And if you want to find out more about the Shield and its AI warfare, check out my latest report here.

Fight on,

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Simpkins is the founder and editor of Secret Stock Files, an investment service that focuses on companies with assets — tangible resources and products that can hold and appreciate in value. He covers mining companies, energy companies, defense contractors, dividend payers, commodities, staples, legacies and more…

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