11th Annual Conference on National Security
The Fisher Institute 11th Annual National Security Conference
Winning Small Wars and the Role of Air Power
The 11th Annual Conference on National Security took place on May 27, 2015. This time it took up the theme of "Winning Small Wars and the Role of Air Power", discussing the difficulties democratic countries should overcome when trying to win small wars, as well as new ideas for achieving better results and possibly winning.
The panel titled "What we knew but didn't understand" surveyed the gap between the intelligence at hand and the difficulty of transforming it into insights which can be applied. This gap is expanding, becoming more serious since our enemies understand only too well the capabilities of air power and have managed to find ways to neutralize its added value.
The next panel dealt with solutions for these new challenges, outlining the possibility to win such confrontations, stressing the possibility to deter terrorist organizations by increasing the use of unmanned air vehicles and improving cooperation of air and ground power.
We were extremely lucky to have gathered a distinguished group of speakers of practitioners and theorists, among them a former head of Mossad, Ephraim Halevy, Professors M. van Creveld, J. Olsen and J. Storr, H. Shatz of RAND, Maj. Gen. Doron Almog, Brig. Gen. Yaron Rozen and Brig. Gen. Itay Brun. Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, the Air Force Commander described challenges facing the air force. Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, the Minister of Defense gave the traditional lecture concluding the conference.
The following day we held a workshop in which enabled participants to review some issues that had come up in the conference in depth. It gave us the opportunity to spend more time with overseas guests and strengthen our relationships with their organizations, such as RAND Institute and NATO's Joint Air Power Competence Center.
In light of the success of this forum, we aim to convene similar forums in the future.