Newsletter No. 9 - Winter 2014

 

Newsletter No. 9 winter 2014 
 
Dear Readers:

Our most recent efforts have been focused on culling early lessons from the air force's role during Operation Protective Edge. The short time that has elapsed has limited our ability to gain a comprehensive understanding, but by comparing what we know now, based on the four previous military operations over the last decade, we have been able to strengthen the validity of our conclusions.
 
We found ourselves reviewing five operations (one against Lebanon and four in Gaza) all of which have been undertaken since 2004.  The comparisons and developments are fascinating; it is imperative to note that as a result of our air power operations and reciprocal relations, Operation Protective Edge demonstrated commendable achievements compared to previous military engagements, when viewed through the lens of objectives and directives issued by the government.

Global institutes and research groups showed much interest in our studies, and we have already appeared before various forums: NATO, the Rand Institute, Washington Institute, officers from the Pentagon, and several groups on Capitol Hill.  Needless to say, the challenge facing the West's military forces is how to best achieve its objectives without putting 'boots on the ground.'  Consequently, many are anxious to learn from the IDF's and IAF's experiences in the previous operations.

As a result, we chose the subject "Achieving Victory in Small Wars -- the Role of the Air Force" as the central issue we will be addressing at next year's national security conference.

Space has been a subject of enormous interest in numerous events which have recently occurred. Several have been failures and even tragic in terms of challenging civilian developments, and several have been historical successes, in fact path breakers such as the landing of the Philae lander on the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, a major historical accomplishment on every level.  At our upcoming international space conference, marking a decade of Fisher Institute space conferences, we will be giving expression to the manifold decade-long accomplishments on space research and travel and what to anticipate in the future. Researchers, astronauts, senior executives of space agencies, Industrialists and private companies involved in the field will be sharing their knowledge and vision.  A "Nano Satellites" seminar will take place just prior to the conference, with leading experts in the field from around the world.

We are also at a critical juncture in terms of making crucial decisions for the future of civil local aviation, from the shutting down of airports without making proper alternative arrangements to the "Grounding of Pilots" over the age of 65.  To what extent does civil aviation have to nosedive was the key question that was addressed at the last (November 2014) international aviation conference, which aroused a lot interest in Israel as well as around the world, and which also received extensive press coverage.  
 
You will find additional details about all of the aforementioned subjects in our enclosed newsletter.
 
We hope you enjoy reading.
 
Asaf Agmon
Head of the Fisher Institute
 

 

Upcoming Conference

 

The 10 Ilan Ramon Annual International Space Conference

The 10th Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference will be held on January 28-29 2015 at the Israel Air Force Center, Herzliya. The conference will address issues such as space sciences, space and security, new-space, space and industry, GNSS;  a special session will be devoted to space in the Mediterranean region.
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Last Conferences

 

7th Civil International Aviation Conference

This year's 7th Civil International Aviation Conference hosted the largest ever audience. Co-sponsored by the Fisher Institute and the Civil Aviation Authority for Israel, the audience included the breadth of Israel's aviation industry and military sectors alongside notable guests from the US and European aviation industries.  Listen to the lectures
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The Fisher Institute at NATO's Annual Joint Airpower Competence Center Conference

Brig. General (Ret.) Efraim Segoli, Head of the Airpower and Asymmetric Conflict Center of the Fisher Institute was invited by NATO to give two presentations at a special conference held at the Joint Airpower Competence Center (JAPCC) in Kleve, Germany.
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Fisher Delegation at the International Astronautics Conference in Canada

The Fisher Institute registered an unprecedented attendance at the International Astronautics Conference which took place this year in September in Canada.  In addition to its booth at the exhibition, where the Institute was joined by representatives from ImageSet, Ramon Chips, the Institute for Space Research at the Technion and Effective Space Solutions, the Institute presented three research papers within the framework of the conference.  Following the close of the conference, the delegation was invited to the Washington Institute and the Rand Institute in Washington, NASA in Washington, the Goddard Space Center in Maryland.
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Fisher Institute Seminar at the Washington Institute and the Rand Institute

Head of The Fisher Institute and Head of UAV Research Center of the Fisher Institute presented detailed overviews of the air force power during Operation Protective Edge.  Discussions with the Fisher Institute delegation took place with tens of Rand researchers, USAF members and their colleagues from Rand Institute's Santa Monica office via a conference call.  

 

Joint Seminar between Washington and Fisher Institutes on Threat of Iranian Missiles.

  The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Fisher Institute conducted a joint seminar of "The Threat of Iranian Missiles" on December 17th at the Fisher Institute's headquarters.  Michal Eisenstadt, Senior Fellow and Director, Military and Security Studies Program of the Washington Institute and Tal Inbar, Head of Space Research at the Fisher Institute were the key lecturers. Among the attendees were Major Gen, (ret.) David Ivry, President of Boeing Israel, and Brig. General (res.) Uzi Rubin, fellow of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University and a pre-eminent analyst of missile systems in the Middle East.  Click here to Michael Eisenstadt's presentation.

 

Conference: Environmental Change and its Impact on Birds and Their Migration Habits

Partnering with the Israel Nature Society, the University of Tel Aviv, the Ministry of the Environment, the German Embassy in Israel, and the Hoopoe Foundation, the full day seminar attracted leading scientific experts from Germany, Holland, Jordan and the USA
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The Path of the Eagle in the Sky 2014

"The Path of the Eagle in the Sky" workshop is a joint initiative launched by the Fisher Institute, Tel Aviv University, The Israel Nature Society, the Hoopoe Foundation and others.  This year's workshop took place on June 19, 2014. The workshop focuses on the heritage of the Israel Air Force from a very
unique perspective -- that of the common ground between two worlds: aviation and birds.  
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New: The Israeli Air Force: An Inside Look at IAF Structure and Operations

A new book -- a joint effort between the Fisher Institute and Israel Defense -- "The Israeli Air Force: An Inside Look at IAF Structure and Operations" -- has just been published.  It is an exquisite photo album which surveys the IAF units and its structure. The book offers close up stories of some of its operations. Text and photography: Ofer Zidon.  The book can be obtained through the Fisher Institute. Cost:  $50 + postage.  972-9-951-0260. mira@fisherinstitute.org.il
 

 

  
New at the Information Center 
 
"I Knew You Would Come" -- stories of heritage now available online. Click Here

Just Published:   The 9th International Space Conference proceedings
 
New educational presentations on space and aviation:   "Space News" website.  
 
Every two weeks, we publish "What's New in Space" newsletter, uploaded to the website and sent to a 700-wide audience.

Now Available Online: "Grissly vs. Scorpion" 
A Research Study on Strategic Decisions in Operation Cast Lead, by Dr. Shmuel Gordon.  The 200+ page report offers an in-depth analysis of strategic decisions before, during and at the close of the Gaza Campaign  Click Here to download the research
 
We've added memorial books and movies to the The IAF History and Heritage Digital LibraryClick here to view them.

Materials that Ilan Ramon used during his training period as an astronaut were catalogued according to subject matters: the Space Shuttle, the MEIDIX experiments,experiments conducted on the space shuttle, information on the STS-107 mission, etc.  See the Catalog here

 

 


 

 

 

 

Conference: Environmental Change and its Impact on Birds and Their Migration Habits

The Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies hosted the international conference on "Climatic Change and Its Impact on Birds and Their Migration Habits." 
Many birds species are highly sensitive to the effects of climate change, with population declines of up to 90% registered among specific bird populations.

Partnering with the Israel Nature Society, the University of Tel Aviv, the Ministry of the Environment, the German Embassy in Israel, and the Hoopoe Foundation, the full day seminar attracted leading scientific experts from Germany, Holland, Jordan and the USA who joined colleagues from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University and the Department of the Environment at the Fisher Institute's headquarters to share research studies and information regarding the future of bird populations across the globe.  The German Ambassador to Israel was also in attendance. 

 

  

 

Fisher Delegation at the International Astronautics Conference in Canada

The Fisher Institute registered an unprecedented attendance at the International Astronautics Conference which took place this year in September in Canada. Each year the International Astronautics Federation convenes a conference.  The Fisher Institute is a relatively new member, having joined the Federation in 2013.  In addition to its booth at the exhibition, which the Institute was joined by representatives from ImageSet, Ramon Chips, the Institute for Space Research at the Technion and Effective Space Solutions, the Institute presented three research papers within the framework of the conference.  Fisher Institute representatives were invited to participate in the Federation's Asia-Pacific Research Group.  Next year's conference is scheduled to take place in Jerusalem.

The Institute's official delegation comprised Managing Director of the Fisher Institute, Brigadier-General (Res.) Asaf Agmon, Head of the Space and UAV Research Center, Tal Inbar, Head of Aviation Research Center, Eran Ramot, and Administrative Director of the Institute, Mira Kravis Hananiya. Following the close of the conference, the delegation was invited to the Washington Institute and the Rand Institute in Washington, NASA in Washington, the Goddard Space Center in Maryland, and had the opportunity to meet with the Organization for the Advancement of Defense Against Missile Attacks in the US. In addition, the delegates enjoyed specially guided tours of the Air & Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institute and work meetings with the Museum's Directorship.

 

Fisher Institute Seminar at the Washington Institute and the Rand Institute:

Head of Aviation Research Center and Head of UAV Research Center of the Fisher Institute presented detailed overviews of the air force power during Operation Protective Edge.  Discussions with the Fisher Institute delegation took place with tens of Rand researchers, USAF members and their colleagues from Rand Institute's Santa Monica office via a conference call.  At the Washington Institute senior researchers, under the auspices of Michael Eizenstadt, Director of Military and Security Research participated. Among the many subjects covered was also the participation of research institute members in the Fisher Institute's National Security conference, as well as maintaining ongoing dialogue and conducting joint research projects.

 

Presentation and Meetings at NASA, Washington: 

At NASA headquarters in Washington, the Fisher Delegation met with the heads of the Orion Program and SLS, NASA's future human manned space station and enormous launcher which is being designed specifically for this purpose. The delegation was treated to a presentation of NASA's new micro-satellite developments. In addition, Fisher Institute delegation met with a senior director of NASA's educational program. The groups explored the possibility of conducting joint projects, within the framework of the International Ilan Ramon Space Conference or other frameworks.

 

Demonstrations and Discussions at Goddard Space Center, Maryland:

  This is one of the oldest and largest of America's space research centers. The Fisher Institute delegation enjoyed a tour of the facilities and met with the Vice Director of the Goddard Space Center, senior scientists and engineers.  At the outset, the delegation was privileged to visit control stations where a number of space research projects, largely of earth and one of the moon, are being conducted.  The delegation also visited clean rooms where five research satellites are being simultaneously built, as well as the experimental facilities.  The delegation  met with the Head of the James Webb Space Telescope Project, and viewed its mirror system. In the laboratory for detectors research and development, the delegation saw up close the development of micro-detectors which will be used by NASA's future space telescope. The tour was not quite done… as delegates had an opportunity to also see the advanced capabilities within a multi-dimensional presentation of data fusion gathered from satellites.

 

Meeting with the Organization for the Advancement of Defense Against Missiles, USA:

Fisher Institute delegates met with Ricki Alison, founder and chairman of the American lobby effort --Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), at the organization's headquarters in Alexandria, Washington.  Tal Inbar, Head of Space and UAV research, gave an overview on the ballistic missiles program in Iran and North Korea, a subject that is the focus of the MDAA's activities of late.  Other subjects were covered, including the Iron Dome, and the possibility of cooperation and sharing of knowledge between the two organizations.  Alison plans on visiting the Fisher Institute during the second half of 2015.

 

At the Smithsonian Institute:

The Fisher Institute delegation was treated to two tours at the Air & Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institute, during which delegation members met with the Museum's directorship.  A number of subjects were discussed, among them: participation of the directorship at the International Ilan Ramon Space Conference, and joint educational projects and initiatives.


 

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