A strategically important division of the IDF, the Depth Corps, concentrates on infiltrating enemy territory to hit key targets and upend the predetermined course of battle.
The Depth Corps is a strategically critical unit within the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that often goes unnoticed. Recently, Brig. Gen. Nimrod Aloni was appointed as the Commander of the Depth Corps, succeeding Maj. Gen. Itay Virov. The Depth Corps focuses on planning operations in enemy territory, specifically targeting sensitive enemy locations known as “adversary centers of gravity.” By infiltrating the enemy’s underbelly, where defenses are weaker and targets are more sensitive, the Depth Corps aims to disrupt the predictable order of war. This approach is based on historical examples, such as Ariel Sharon’s breakthrough during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The Depth Corps serves as a complementary tool to the air force, allowing for independent maneuvering in the enemy’s backyard, and has the potential to significantly impact the outcome and duration of a war.