The 9th National Security Conference


      The 9th National Security Conference


Insights and Lessons of the Yom Kippur War:
underlining the role of airpower


The conference will be held at the Israel Air Force Center

15 Jabotinsky St.

On the 22 of May 2013

Listen to the lectures (Orange links) most of them are in Hebrew

07:45 - Gathering


08:30 -  Musical Opening by the Air Force Troupe


              Opening remarks

"We never had it so good"

 Brig. Gen. (res.) Asaf Agmon, Head, the Fisher Institute


08:50 - Opening Lecture: Principles of the Political-military Discourse

 Ehud Olmert, former prime minister


09:20 - First Session: The Process of Shaping Strategy – the political-military discourse
Chairman: Brig Gen (Res.) Udi Dekel, former head of Strategic Planning Division, IDF

Shaping Israeli Strategy towards the Yom Kippur War

Dr. Yigal Kipnis, Haifa University

Shaping the Egyptian Strategy – how to do it right

Ron Tira, editorial advisory panel, Infinity Journal


10:15 – Break


10:45 – First Session (cont.) : The Process of Shaping Strategy – the political-military discourse
The Strategic Discourse from the Practitioner's Point of View

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Dan Halutz, former IDF chief of staff

Between Politicians and Soldiers – unbridged  gaps

Dr. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dov Tamari, Head of Defense and Home Front Department, Beit Berl Academic College


11:35 – Second Session: Surprise and Recovery
              Chairman: Brig. Gen. (res.) Ephraim Segoli, Fisher Institute

The IAF Response to Surprise and its accomplishments

Lt. Col. Moti Havakuk, head of History Branch, IAF 

Systemic Surprise in the Yom Kippur War

Dr. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Giora Ram (Furman), Brig. Gen. (ret.) Amos Amir

The Effect of Surprise on Decision-making Process

Dr. Menachem Gelbard, Tel Aviv University and Yezreel valley Academic College


13:15 – Lunch


14:15 – Third Session: Preemptive Strike,  Counter-offensive

  Chairman: Col. (ret.) Uri Dromi, Director of the Jerusalem Press Club,

               Striking First – Weighing Risks and Rewards of Preemptive and Preventive War

               Dr. Karl. P Muller, RAND

  The Connection between Offensive, Preemptive Strike and the Planning
  and anaging of the Campaign 

  Col (ret) Gur Laish, National Security Council 


15:20 – Lecture of IAF Commander, Maj. General Amir Eshel 


15:50 - Break



16:20 – Fourth Session: Force Design in an Era of Rapid Change and Uncertainty 

Chairman: Maj.Gen. (ret.) Giora Romm, Director, Civil Aviation Authority

Did the Air Force Play the Right Tune?

Dr. Aviem Sela

Force Design – the technological / organizational aspect

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Ido Nechushtan, former IAF commander

Force Design – the conceptual aspect

Maj. Gen. Gershon Hacohen, Commander of the Northern Corps


18:00 – Concluding Lecture
Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Moshe Ya'alon


              Concluding remarks

              Maj. Gen. (ret.) Herzle Bodinger, Chairman, Fisher Institute


18:45 – projected wrap-up


Please register ASAP

Seats are limited


Conference Fee 160 


For Regisrtration Click Here

For any further information, you can contact the Fisher Institute via E-mail: or phone number: 972-9-9510260



Date 22/05/2013 08:00 18:00
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