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Qualitative Military Edge

Qualitative Military Edge

An open source tool designed to help foster a better understanding of the military balance in a changing Middle East.

The Middle East and North Africa have been the epicenter of persistent conflict for decades. Recent upheaval from the “Arab Spring,” the rise in Sunni terrorist groups, and malign Iranian activity throughout the region have produced an increasingly dynamic environment where power can change hands rapidly. Contributing to this powder keg is the record quantities of weapons and military equipment flowing into the region via both governments and non-state actors. Monitoring the military balance has become increasingly important, as arms grow more advanced and diverse, complicating an already chaotic situation. was designed to help understand these complexities, and to provide tools to help track armament disposition in the region and how it alters the regional balance of power.

A main objective of the website is to evaluate the qualitative advantages of Middle East nations, and how they affect Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (QME). For decades American presidents have ensured that maintaining Israel’s QME remains U.S. policy, having determined that the Jewish state’s ability to defend itself is an American interest. Israel and the United States are threatened by many of the same adversaries, making it essential to understand the complex regional military challenges facing both nations.

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Mattis Promises Defense Buildup Will Begin Next Year

16th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Mattis Promises Defense Buildup Will Begin Next Year

David Adesnik

In a February address to the National Governors Association, President Donald Trump said that the first budget he submits “will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

13th March 2017 –

Dawn of the Jihadi Drone Wars

Dawn of the Jihadi Drone Wars

John Cappello

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported February 23 that it had downed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the Mediterranean after it was launched from the Gaza Strip. more...

11th October 2016 –

Iranian-Backed Houthis Fire a Shot at the U.S. Navy

While the United States was fixated on the second presidential debate on Sunday night, one of its ships was under fire in the Middle East. Details remain few, but reports suggest that the Houthis, a Yemeni militant group backed by Iran, fired two anti-ship missiles at the USS Mason as it patrolled the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. more...

6th October 2016 – Military Edge

Discerning Iran’s Role in Expanding Houthi Rocket Capabilities

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Yemen’s Houthi rebels tested a new rocket last Thursday, marking the fourth new projectile they unveiled this year. Dubbed the Somoud, or “steadfastness,” the projectile’s launch was broadcast late last week across Arab and Iranian media. more...

15th September 2016 – The Huffington Post

Cash Rich, Aggressive

Cash Rich, Aggressive

Mark Dubowitz, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Two American reconnaissance planes flew one mile wide of Iran’s airspace over the weekend, and according to a U.S. Navy official, kept a safe distance from known surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites. Iran warned the planes if they remained on course, they would be shot down, according to U.S. defense officials who called the threat “unprofessional.” more...