Newsletter No. 3 Spring 2012

 

Fisher Institute Newsletter No. 3 Spring 2012

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Readers,

 

This previous period has been characterized by historical events in the Middle East, Beyond their dramatic impact on the Arab world, which we are just beginning to see, it seems obvious that these events will have seminal importance on the stability of the region and on the national security of the State of Israel. These events obligate us to pool our resources and build a national strategy which will be able to cope with the short and long-term challenges we will be encountering.

 

 As such, the Fisher Institute's annual conference will deal with airpower , and national security  , and the strategic challenges that we are confronting.  We intend to focus on two topics:

 

One, is the return of the symmetrical confrontation and the need to design a strategy vis a vis threats resulting from the possible collapse of the peace agreement with Egypt, governmental changes in Jordan, Syrian instability which continues to grow and, of course, a possible scenario in which Hamas and Hizbullah engage Israeli in a military confrontation.

 

Two, are the strategic and operative challenges resulting from operating in a remote area. Iran's intention to become a regional nuclear power while threatening to destroy Israel is a threat to Israel's very existence.

 

In the Fisher Institute's other centers, we are assiduously working to advance research projects, seminars, symposia and conferences on the topics of space, civil aviation, medical research of battle injuries and civil trauma. We are also continuing our bio-medical studies which we are conducting on the space station and look forward to sharing this information as well.

 

The Information Center and Digital Library continues to expand in terms of information and materials, as well as more visitors who are downloading more and more information. We intend to develop a space learning and support center within our library which will make available existing information from NASA and other space agencies from around the world. This center will be directed to teachers in Israel's school system, to encourage them and their students to become more involved in learning about space and space research.

 

The Israeli Civil Aviation Authority is also keeping us busy. By adopting an "open skies policy" to foreign competitors at the expense of defending local aviation and the need to choose a preferred alternative for another international airport as an alternative or addition to Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel is at a crossroads in which important decisions need to be made, and the Fisher Institute is deeply involved in this process.

 

You will be able to find more information on these and other topics in our Spring newsletter. We are happy to answer any of your questions and respond to your queries via our website.

 

With Warm Greetings from Israel to Our Friends Around the World,  

 

Asaf Agmon

Head of the Institute

 


 

Upcoming Conferences Mark Them Down on Your Calendar!


May 22, 2012   The Eighth National Security Conference


 November 7, 2012   The Fifth Annual Civil Aviation Conference


 January 29, 2013  The Eighth Annual International Ilan Ramon
Space  Conference


 

 


What's new in our website (www.fisherinstitute.org.il)

* Pictures and recordings from the 4th Annual Aviation Conference

* Lectures from the 5th Annual Space Conference

* Position paper on faulty management decisions made  during times of war. (Hebrew only)

* A new index of the 700 films on aviation and space

* New books...     Read More

Global Space Experts Gather at the 

Seventh Ilan Ramon International Space Conference

The Fisher Institute resembled a UN gathering‪,‬ with delegates from around the world discussing issues with long‪-‬term‪,‬ far-reaching effects on the global community...‬       Read More 

 

Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Volcanos, Floods

Fisher Institute's New Research Project is Focusing on On-Time Feedback

Recent events, such as the Tsunami that hit Japan and almost caused a nuclear disaster, are just the 'tip of the iceberg' when examining the toll on mankind due to natural disasters. In spite of all our technological advancements, we still do not have on-time satellite coverage for assessing results of natural disasters‪…‬  Read More 

 

Flying High

Senior officers from European and African Air Forces, Military and Ministries of Defense attended an innovative seminar, jointly designed by the Fisher Institute and the Galilee College, on strategic and operational planning for air forces in the 21st century…Read More 


 

IAF History and Heritage Digital Library 

During 2011, an average of 76 visitors came to the website daily, 1,000 files books or magazines were downloaded weekly,  Moreover, 14 films on IAF history and 15 books and materials in English were uploaded...  Read More
  

Another International Airport in Israel?

Conference: November 7, 2012
Most experts agree that Ben Gurion International Airport will not be able to handle the number of travelers passing through Israel annually basis.  The current airport configuration is designed to handle upwards of 16 million travelers; last year there were 13 million travelers… Read More 

 

2011: The Safest Year, Yet for Civil Aviation
What's Next?

Ita Alon, head of Aviation Safety and Security at the Fisher Institute is glad when he looks back at 2011, which has been labeled the safest year in civil aviation ever, according to IATA, the International Air Transport Association, which reports that there were no fatal passenger airline accidents in the Western world.     Read More
 

The Challenges of Airpower in Light of the Newest Changes in the Middle East

Conference: May 22, 2012

When the "Arab Spring" began, it seemed like a uniform series of changes -- for the better.  However, it became quickly obvious that this was a complex phenomenon of strategic and operational changes rapidly occurring that would require new thinking…  Read More  

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Global Space Experts Gather at the

The Seventh Ilan Ramon International Space Conference

 

The Fisher Institute resembled a UN gathering‪,‬ with delegates from around the world discussing issues with long‪-‬term‪,‬ far-reaching effects on the global community‪.‬  The goal‪,‬ at the Seventh Ilan Ramon International Space Conference‪, ‬was to share ideas about space exploration‪,‬ talk about research, and create forums whereby solving problems was neither nation‪ nor regional-based, but rather globally-focused. 

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Prof‪.‬ Jennifer Wiseman‪,‬ Senior Project Scientist for NASA‪'‬s Hubble Space Telescope at the Goddard Space Flight Center‪,‬ commented during one of the breaks, "this is an unbelievable collection of minds in one place.  It is the best conference on this subject that I have ever attended‪."‬

 

Delegates from Russia, USA, Japan, France, Denmark and Israel, and guests from China intermingled with each other during two packed days of lectures and presentations‪.‬  They had ample opportunities to ‪share with other colleagues, open their minds and explore exciting new options for space research, space travel and the multitude of contributions that can be made to mankind over the next few years.‬

 

The Heavens are the Limit

 

‪"‬The heavens are the limit‪,"‬ Prof‪.‬ Rabbi Daniel Hershkowitz‪,‬ Minister of Science and Technology‪"‬ said at the opening of his remarks‪.‬ ‪ ‬‬Only ten nations on the planet, among them Israel, are capable of indigenous space launch and all are acutely aware of the dependency of the military as well as civilian populations on space research. It was this dependency that engaged a number of the guest experts‪.‬ 

 

As Prof. Yannick D/Escatha, CEO of CNES, France explained, "the future of space research is at a crossroads.  We use space so much that we have come to depend on it.  Space is giving us information about the universe, that we don't have here on earth, and this information is crucial to our future.  If we want to really know about how our planet functions, then we need to know everything that is going on around us‪."‬

 

Indeed, this line of thought was examined by a number of other presenters, including Tal Inbar of the Fisher Institute and Prof. Yoav Yair of the Department of Natural Sciences at the Open University, to name but a few.

 

But, perhaps the most dominant issue of the two-day conference was space security and how best to engage the international community in greater cooperation. 

 

"In many ways, today’s space situation is even more pronounced than it was a decade ago. Today, the benefits derived from space assets permeate almost every aspect of our lives worldwide. Space systems enable personal communications devices; facilitate the operations of global markets; enhance weather forecasting and environmental monitoring; enable global navigation and transportation; expand our scientific frontier; provide national decision makers with global communications, command, and control; and scores of other activities worldwide," according to Frank Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Bureau of Arms Control."Space is no longer an environment accessed nearly exclusively by two superpowers or a few countries."

 

Indeed, space has become the domain of a growing number of operators, and many of the Conference speakers, attempted to address the needs for establishing internationally-accepted guidelines for operating in space. 

 

Researching the Beyond

 

During the technical sessions many innovative aspects of space research and implementation were discussed along with a dedicated session on innovation and entrepreneurship in the field.  Will space research become a private venture?  As NASA reduces its budget, will private entrepreneurs pick up the slack?  What will this mean for making new discoveries available to the world at large and new research open to colleagues around the world? These were some of the many discussions that were entertained during the conference.

 

The Fisher Institute‪'‬s headquarters in Herzliya served as a venue for the conference; the Institute also hosted the official meetings of the Israel Space Agency, the Ministry of Science and Technology and a number of industries‪.‬
Preparations for next year's conference, to mark 10 years since the Columbia Space Shuttle accident, are underway. 
Date: January 29, 2013


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Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Volcanos, Floods

Fisher Institute's New Research Project is Focusing on On-Time Feedback

 

Recent events, such as the Tsunami that hit Japan and almost caused a nuclear disaster, are just the 'tip of the iceberg' when examining the toll on mankind due to natural disasters. In spite of all our technological advancements, we still do not have on-time satellite coverage for assessing results of natural disasters across the globe.

 

The Fisher Institute will launch the first phase of a new research project designed to provide on-time coverage for assessing the results of natural disasters everywhere across the globe. 

 

Thanks to funding secured from the US and Canada, the new research project will be conducted in cooperation with the Civilian Responsive Space (CRS).

 

CRS is a holistic approach to space that allows designing modular satellite, responsive launching, and innovative data receiving and distribution mechanism for civilian users.

 

Some elements of the CRS approach are adapted from the military-opriented ORS concept, such as Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) to facilitate rapid assembly, integration, and test (AI&T), deployment, and operations of space assets into the current space architecture in operationally relevant timelines. The CRS approach will focus on material (spacecraft, launch, range payloads) and non-material solutions (business model, acquisition, policy, industrial base, training, command and control, tasking, exploitation, processing, & dissemination, concept of operations), and will collaborate with national and international agencies to leverage existing investments and develop long-term relationships.

We will update our readers with the progress of the research as it becomes available.

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Flying High

 

Senior officers from European and African Air Forces, Military and Ministries of Defense attended an innovative seminar, jointly designed by the Fisher Institute and the Galilee College on strategic and operational planning for air forces in the 21st century.

 

The Fisher Institute in cooperation with the Galilee College designed the 5-day seminar program which includes in-depth presentations, lectures and discussions with leading air force, defense and military experts on air force management, operation, maintenance and suitability ot meet the tasks of the future.   The key purpose of the program is to share the Israeli experience in management and operations of the Air Force as well as Israeli successes in Air Warfare as best practice cases for understanding the role of the air force in modern warfare. 

 

The curriculum covers:

* Air Power Challenges in the Twenty-First Century

* Space as an Important Component in a Modern Air Force

* Air Force and Army - Advance Jointness Concepts

* Advanced Aerial Risk Management and Assessment - Methodology and Tools

* The Israeli Air Force: A Historical View

 

Special issues such as Low Intensive Conflict (LIC) and the war against terrorism are also addressed.  Participants enjoy study tours, including one to the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies.

 

In light of the sucess of this first seminar, the second seminar, which began on March 28, 2012 includes twice the number of participants drawn from Europe and Africa as well as Canada and the USA.


 

 

What's New in The IAF History and Heritage Digital Library (www.fisherlibrary.org.il)

 

During 2011, an average of 76 visitors came to the website daily, 1,000 files books or magazines were downloaded weekly,  Moreover,14 films on IAF history and 15 books and materials in English were uploaded

including:
Israel's Best Defense: The Full Story of the Israeli Air Force (this book is available in several languages and has been sold throughout the world)
Colors & Markings of the Israeli Air Force
Israeli Air Force: 1948 to the Present
IAF Vautours
IAF Nesher
From Mirage to Kfir
IAF Dassoult Super Mystere
IAF Light Helicopters
Israel Air Force 1984 Yearbook
The Maurice Mann biography
Album of Aerial Photographs of the First Airborne Craft in Israel During World War I
 

 

Memorial albums and books published by families of fallen IAF soldiers will be uploaded over the next few months in cooperation with the IAF Association.

 

     

Another International Airport in Israel?

Conference: November 7, 2012

 

Most experts agree that Ben Gurion International Airport will not be able to handle the number of travelers passing through Israel annually.  The current airport configuration is designed to handle upwards of 16 million travelers; last year there were 13 million travelers.

 

Most experts also agree that we need another international airport. Indeed, Yisrael Katz, Minister of Transportation presented a proposal in December 2011 to create a supplementary or alternative airport in Israel. Under consideration are three options: Megiddo in the north, Nevatim in the south and a new airport to be located on a section of the Mediterranean Sea. 

 

There is great interest in the project from all quarters: government, , Israeli Air Force, commercial enterprises, etc., and commensurately. there is also a good deal of confusion and conflicting points of view. 

 

"The creation of another international airport in Israel," explains Itai Alon, head of Aviation Safety and Security at the Fisher Institute, "has all kinds ramifications for the State of Israel." 

 

As such, the Fisher Institute is now engaged in amassing data to help advance the project and enable all of the parties involved to make better, more effective solution-oriented decisions.  The Institute is meeting with local governmental authorities in the north, center and southern parts of the country, entrepreneurs and planners, academicians, environmentalists, media specialists, and others. 

 

The Fisher Institute is also planning a national seminar to take place in June, which will include experts to examine the varied and diverse issues surrounding the establishment of another airport in Israel. 

 

"The subject is complex and multi-dimensional.  The seminar will not close with single, uni-dimensional solutions or recommendations. The purpose of the seminar is to serve as a platform to open up and expand the public discourse on a subject which is so important to the future of Israeli civil aviation," summarizes Itai. 

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2011: The Safest Year, Yet, for Civil Aviation

What's Next?

 

Itai Alon, head of Aviation Safety and Security at the Fisher Institute is glad when he looks back at 2011, which has been labeled the safest year in civil aviation ever, according to IATA, the International Air Transport Association, which reports that there were no fatal passenger airline accidents in the Western world.

 

"Our job, according to Itai is not to 'pat our backs' but rather to gather the facts and learn from this success."  Several months ago, Itai and his colleagues met with representatives of the Cypriot branch of the Flight Safety Foundation, during their visit to Israel within the framework of the CAAI -- the International Civil Aviation Authority, one of the most important civil aviation safety organizations in the world. 

 

There were many discussions about joint projects and currently, the Fisher Institute is exploring research subjects and conferences that can be coordinated in joint cooperation.

 

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The Changes in the Middle East and the Challenges of Air Power

When the "Arab Spring" began, it seemed like a uniform series of changes -- for the better.  However, it became quickly obvious that this was a complex phenomenon of strategic and operational changes rapidly occurring that would require new thinking and needed to be explored in greater depth, particularly insofar as the new challenges facing air power were concerned.

 

At the Fisher Institute's 2010 annual conference, the challenges of air power at the end of the first decade of the 21st century were discussed.  With so many changes occurring around us, these issues impacting us today need to be re-examined in order to better plan for the immediate future.  At the May 22nd Fisher Conference on Airpower and Asymetric Conflict, renown experts will look at a variety of pressing topices: the return of symmetric conflict, long-range mission, operating in urban environments and operating in coalitions.

 

 

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New in our website (www.fisherinstitute.org.il)
Newly Uploaded

* Pictures and recordings from the 4th Annual Aviation Conference

* Lectures from the 5th Annual Space Conference

* Position paper on faulty management decisions made during times of war. (Hebrew only)

* December 1999 Fisher Institute Conference which took place at the Tel Aviv Museum.

 

New Film Index

A new index of the 700 films on aviation and space available at the Fisher Institute makes it easier for visitors to find exactly what they are looking for.

 

New Books in the Library

During the past few months, the library has expanded its collection by more than 150 books, among them:

The Story of Transatlantic Flight
Open Cockpit Over Africa
Aviation's Most Wanted
Flying People - Bring you Safe Flying, Every Day
Keeping Watch: A WAAF in Bomber Command
The Sky's the Limit: Women Pioneers in Aviation
Whatever Were You Thinking of Captain?  A Handbook for Airline Passengers
Eyes of the RAF - A History of Phot-Reconnaissance
Tails of the Forties
Clean Air Turbulence - A Life of Anne Burns
West with the Night
The Pilot in Command
From Dogfight to Diplomacy - A Spitfire Pilot's Log 1932-1958
An ERK (Airman of no rank) Goes to War

 

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