Brig. Gen. (Res.) Ariel Karo


Brig. Gen. (Res.) Ariel Karo, Head of ISTAR Systems Directorate, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.

Karo joined the IDF in 1983.

Karo served in a number of positions, including Chief Intelligence Officer of the Central Command (2001-2003), during the Second Intifadah and Operation Defensive Shield. He was later appointed Deputy Head of the Strategy Department in the IDF's Planning  Division. In 2007 Karo was appointed Chief Field Intelligence Officer, and served in this role during Operation Cast Lead.

In 2009, Karo was appointed Chief Intelligence Officer, and served in this position until he retired from the IDF in 2013 and joined Rafael.

Karo is a graduate of the IDF Interdisciplinary Staff & Command College. He holds a B.A. (with Honors) in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science from Tel Aviv University. He also holds an M.A (with Honors) in Political Science from Haifa University.