"Recently, a serious information security violation was discovered. As a result, Ramati can no longer continue to perform his duties in the Ministry of Defense," MoD announced Sunday.
Defense and industry sources described the security breach as involving classified information stored on Ramati's personal laptop computer.
The MoD statement praised Ramati for his "large contribution to the defense establishment" and wished him success in future endeavors. It noted several recent milestone test successes under Ramati's watch, which constituted "extraordinary achievements of global proportion."
As of Sunday, Col. Aviram Hasson, a longtime IMDO technical department head, is serving as acting director pending nomination of a full-time director.
Ramati, an engineer, former program director and business development executive at state-owned Israel Aeospace Industries (IAI) prior to his IMDO post, noted that he would be evaluating "a number of opportunities in the technological-business sector."
Opall-Rome is Israel bureau chief for Defense News. She has been covering U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation, Mideast security and missile defense since May 1988. She lives north of Tel Aviv. Visit her website at www.opall-rome.com.