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Enough of the Cover-up Culture

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The damage caused by the flood last week at the Hatzor Air Force base, which did damage to eight F-16 fighter jets estimated at millions of shekels, is worrisome. Because of negligence, huge sums of public funds went down the drain and the army’s readiness was undermined, during a period more sensitive than usual from a security perspective given the tensions in the Persian Gulf. It’s especially unfortunate because this happened to the Israel Air Force, which is generally considered a “greenhouse” for quality management compared to what happens in other parts of the defense establishment.

A senior air force officer admitted Monday that the blunder happened because of a bad judgment call by the base commanders. Preparing for possible flooding doesn’t require any particularly great insight. There have been floods on the base in the past, and the drainage problems at Hatzor are known to........

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