Newsletter No.4 Summer 2012

 

 

 Fisher Institute Newsletter No.4 Summer 2012

 

 

 

This last period has been characterized by a good deal of intensive activity at the Fisher Institute. 


The international space events led to a good deal of press exposure for the Fisher Institute.


Heads of the Space and UAV Center and the Fisher Institute were called upon to elaborate on "Curiosity's" successful landing on Mars.  The first photos from Mars generated great interest around space research and future space research programs at NASA and Israel Space Agency in Israel, both within the scientific community and the public at large.


The passing of astronaut Neil Armstrong generated additional interest beyond the individual himself, in space activities, among them space research and Israel's participation and role in such. (You can read more about press coverage of the Fisher Institute and space research on our website.  In Hebrew:  and in English 


The tension and strained relations around Iran's nuclear program further accelerates two of our research projects: Iran's space program and its ballistic missiles program. These two research projects, based on known sources, shed a unique perspective on the Iranian government's systematic program to become a major power with all that it encompasses.


Against the background of the disagreement on whether or not Israel should attack the Iranian nuclear facilities, which has gotten out of control, it makes sense for us to once again examine how strategic decisions by state leaders such as these should be made.


On hindsight, I am sorry to say that time after time political leaders often get themselves in situations whereby they have to choose from among the least best choices in critical situations. The tactical benefits we have in the battle field have enabled us in the past to correct some of the damage caused by such decisions, but the cost was dear.  Dr. Gordon's research book "Grizzly vs. Scorpion" provides us with another opportunity to learn from mistakes of the past and improve our processes and insights as we approach critical junctures in national security decisions that will have to be made by government and military echelons for the benefit of the citizens of Israel. 


I warmly recommend you to read the articles on the Civilian Airline Conference and the Space Conference where you can get an impression of the breadth of speakers who will be participating.  I invite you to join us at these conferences. 


I want to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a Happy and Healthy New Year, and may we all enjoy a year of prosperity and peace.


Asaf Agmon

Head of the Fisher Institute


 

"On Eagle's Wings..." IAF Pilots and other Creatures in Flight

 

Some 550 participants, many from the Israel Air Force took part in a conference entitled, "On Eagle's Wings"  held at Tel Aviv University recently. 

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New Book!  Grizzly vs. Scorpion

 

Strategic Decisions in Operation Cast Lead

A new book published by the Fisher Institute, "Grizzly vs. Scorpion," by Dr. Shmuel L. Gordon, analyzes strategic decisions before and after Operation Cast Lead…redresses the positive assessments of the campaign, offers fresh lessons, and paves the way for the nation to better prepare for probable future conflict. The book can be purchased from the Institute Library

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In Memoriam: Neil Armstrong
A Modern-Day Christopher Columbus August 5, 1930-August 25, 2012

 The Fisher Institute extends its condolences to the Armstrong family and the American nation on the passing of Neil Armstrong…Read more



 Upcoming Conferences Mark Them Down on Your Calendar!


The Fifth Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference 07 November 2012


The 8th Ilan Ramon  International Space Conference 29-31 January 2013



 

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8th Annual Ilan Ramon International
Space Conference

Preparations for the Fisher Institute's Ilan Ramon International Space Conference are moving into high gear.  The conference will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Colombia tragedy and will have three full days of discussions and will also include special events with leading Israeli and international experts on a myriad of issues pertaining to space policy. Several directors of international space agencies have already notified us that they will be participating.   Read more.
 

At the Knesset

Tal Inbar, Head of the Space and UAV Research Center of the Fisher Institute participated in a special meeting on the subject of space, held by the Knesset's subcommittee on Science & Technology… Read more.

 

On-Line Learning About Space

For students and teachers interested in expanding their knowledge of space, the Fisher Institute  will create a special on-line information center.

Read more. 

 

Coordinating Special Responses
to Emergency Situations

The Fisher Institute for Strategic Air and Space Strategic Studies drove new research studies in civilian responsive space on micro-satellites.   Read more

 

Israel Maintains its Competitiveness
in Space Industry

 

Futron's new "2012 Space Competitive Index: A Comparative Analysis of how Countries Invest in and Benefit from Space Industry" shows that Israel has maintained its position in the space industry on the global stage. The Fisher Institute held a seminar on which Futrons' representative present its' study in front of  many key official of the Israeli space industry.
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Global Aviation Safety

This past May, Itai Alon from the Fisher Institute participated in the international Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) Conference which took place in Cyprus…Read more.

 

 

Fifth Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference

Leading aviation experts from around the world will be participating at the Fisher Institute's Fifth Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference scheduled to take place on November 7, 2012… Read more.

 


 

  8th Annual Security Conference Brings Leading Experts Under  One Roof at the Fisher Institute

 

Leading Israeli Air Force (IAF) officers and reservists, strategists, intelligence officers, experts on the Middle East, and consultants from Israel and overseas gathered at the Fisher Institute's Eighth Annual National Security Conference held on May 22, 2012 in Herzliya,  The conference title: "Air Power Challenges in a Changing Strategic Environment," subdivided into four key sessions: The Geopolitical Context, Revival of the Symmetric Conflict, Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya and Long Range Operations......Read more

 

The Gaza War  2008
Strategic Decision-Making

 

On September 7th the Fisher Institute hosted a conference entitled "The 2008 Gaza War: Strategic Decision-Making".   Leading lecturers of Israel's military and political echelons attend the conference, among them Ehud Barak, Minster of Defense,  Mrs. Livny the former Foreign Minister, General Ashkenazy the former IDF Commander, General Nehushtan the former IAF Commander and General Gallant the former South Command Commander.

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Bravo! Fisher Institute's Digital Library

The Fisher Institute's Digital Library of Air Force History and Tradition received the 2012 Finkler Prize for Science at the May Info Conference. Read more.

 

 

A picture album from the 1939 graduating class of the Palestine Flying Service….

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Remembering Israel's Fallen  

In a joint decision by the Board of Directors of the Fisher Institute and the Israel Air Force Assosiation, it was agreed to upload books or booklets that have been published in their memory of soldiers who served in the Israel Air Force have perished....Read more 

 

Birds On Our Wings

Newly available on our website are eyewitness accounts of air force accidents involving birds.  Visitors can view interviews with IAF commanders, and other officers all of whom also discuss special missions. 

Read more 

 

Fisher On-Line at Haifa University

For the first time, Haifa University faculty, researchers and students can now enjoy access to the Fisher Institute Publications and the Digital Library for IAF History and Tradition, …Read more.

 

 


 

 

In Memoriam: Neil Armstrong
A Modern-Day Christopher Columbus
August 5, 1930-August 25, 2012

The Fisher Institute extends its condolences to the Armstrong family and the American nation on the passing of Neil Armstrong. 

Neil Armstrong will be forever remembered as the first man who took the very first steps on the moon.  His statement, as he planted his feet on the level, rock-strewn plain near the southwestern shore of the Sea of Tranquility, on July 21, 1969,  "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" has reverberated throughout the decades, driving the human race to rethink and reshape a myriad of aspects of life on earth.  With more than 500 million people around the world watching Neil Armstrong, this quiet, warm-hearted individual changed history.

"He was like a modern-day Christopher Columbus," explains Tal Inbar, Head of the Space and UAV Research Center at the Fisher Institute.  Tal recalls that  when Neil Armstrong visited Israel in 2007 to speak with students, he was asked what he really meant by that famous statement that traveled around the world. He responded that "the human race learned [on that day] that they can never be bound to earth alone."

An individual of extraordinary qualities, a hero and a gentleman, Neil Armstrong understood that he was on a mission on behalf of all of the human race.  We are grateful for all that you have brought into our lives.  May you rest in peace. 
 

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Space and UAV Research Center

 

8th Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference

Preparations for the Fisher Institute's Ilan Ramon International Space Conference are moving into high gear.  This year's conference will have three full days of discussions, and unlike previous years, will also include special events, such as "round table discussions" with leading Israeli and international experts on a myriad of issues pertaining to space policy. The Conference is scheduled to take place from January 29-31, 2013. 

International space cooperation, discussed at last year's conference, will be explored in-depth at this year's conference as well.  Representatives from NASA, Russia's Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, the European group, the United Nation's Office for Outer Space Affairs, among others will be joined by many of Israel's top scientists, researchers, and thinkers on space research and exploration.

Also to be reviewed will be major trends in space and technologies, including space entrepreneurship and non-traditional uses of space research, such as asteroid mining and stratolaunch systems, a private initiative to revolutionize space transportation.

President Shimon Peres will be addressing this year's Conference, which will mark ten years since the Colombia Space Ship explosion.  The Ilan Ramon International Space Conference is an ongoing initiative of the Fisher Institute for Strategic Air and Space Strategic Studies, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Israeli Space Agency.   For more information on the three-day conference click here to see the agenda (tentative).  

 

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At the Knesset

Tal Inbar, Head of the Space and UAV Research Center of the Fisher Institute participated in a special meeting on the subject of space, held by the Knesset's subcommittee on Science & Technology. 

The subcommittee conducts discussions and explores avenues to develop space research, space education and the space industry in Israel.  The Space and UAV Research Center of the Fisher Institute played a seminal role in formulating a background document on space science education for the subcommittee. 

The Fisher Institute runs special educational activities for students of all ages, and assists students throughout Israel on special space projects.  One of the Center's newest projects is a special website devoted to space education, research and information which would be made accessible to schools, educators and students.

 

 

On-Line Learning About Space

For students and teachers interested in expanding their knowledge of space, the Fisher Institute is in the process of creating a special on-line information center.  The on-line center will include lesson plans, presentations, films and current information, some of it to be drawn from the websites of NASA and other international space agencies, which are currently undergoing review and evaluations.   

 

 

Israel Maintains its Competitiveness in Space Industry

For the past give years, Futron, the Bethesda, Maryland-based space consulting group, has been publishing a comprehensive, in-depth review and analysis of the effectivity of space programs around the world.  Many countries, among them Israel, have come to rely on this publication as a seminal planning tool.

Established in 1986, Futron is a leader in providing innovative decision management solutions to international aerospace, telecommunications and technology enterprises.

Futron presented its new "2012 Space Competitive Index: A Comparative Analysis of how Countries Invest in and Benefit from Space Industry" publication at a special conference that took place at the Fisher Institute.  Here representatives from the Israel Space Agency, the IAF, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Trade and Labor, Israel Aircraft Industries, Elop, Elbit and many others in the space industry field were in attendance.

According to Futron's latest analysis, Israel has maintained its position in the space industry on the global stage, as opposed to other countries which marked some minor changes, among them America which, while maintaining its key position, has slipped again for the fifth consecutive year.  A number of speakers at the conference were surprised at the assessment given to Israel's space industry. They felt the report did not reflect Israel's realistic position, which has many different private entrepreneurial ventures involved in space research and development, a factor which is difficult to quantify, yet an important and promising development..


 

 

 

 

Coordinating Special Responses to Emergency Situations

 The Fisher Institute for Strategic Air and Space Strategic Studies drove new research studies in civilian responsive space on micro-satellites for rapid launching, specially designed for monitoring and responding to a multitude of emergency situations. 

We are currently completing a review of the research literature, and teams will soon begin to test a number of aspects, including the technological aspects of a response project of satellites, launching pads, and other items.  The research project is being funded by the Canadian Friends of the Fisher Institute.

 


 

"On Eagle's Wings..." IAF Pilots and other Creatures in Flight

 

Some 550 participants, many from the Israel Air Force took part in a conference entitled, "On Eagle's Wings"  held at Tel Aviv University recently.  The conference program included interesting Israel Air Force anecdotes, beginning with 92-year old Lou Lenart who regaled the audience with stories of his activities as an overseas volunteer during the War of Independence and his service in the Israel Air Force at the beginning of the war.  The mix between the stories of pilots who were injured by birds with the biological make-up of our 'wandering' friends, together with a rich assortment of visuals and photos provided for an entertaining conference.  We hope to be able to continue to offer this conference in future years and attract youth from pre-military academies along with IAF families and friends.  Take the time to review the  presentation from the conference on Youtube 

 

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New Book!  Grizzly vs. Scorpion


A new book published by the Fisher Institute, "Grizzly vs. Scorpion," and written by Dr. Shmuel L. Gordon, analyzes strategic decisions before and after Operation Cast Lead, including military goals and operational plans, and meticulously examines the outcomes and consequences of the action.  Some comparisons are made with the Second Lebanon War.

The result of this in-depth analysis is a work that redresses the positive assessments of the campaign, offers some fresh lessons, and helps pave the way for the nation to better prepare for probable future conflict.

Dr. Shmuel L. Gordon Col. (Res.) holds a PhD in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the Hebrew University and is a graduate from the Israel National Defense College. He has written numerous books and hundreds of essays on national security, decision-making, strategy, air warfare, and counter-insurgency conflicts.  He attained the rank of colonel as commander of Israel Air Force's Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Center, and had a distinguished career as a fighter pilot and commander.

Dr. Shmuel L. Gordon is the recipient of the prestigious Yitzhak Sadeh Prize for Defense Literature, and the Karmon Prize for Research from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

 

 

Aviation Safety & Security Research Center

 


 

 

Global Aviation Safety

Itai Alon from the Fisher Institute participated in the international Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) Conference which took place in May 2012 in Cyprus.
Also representing Israel were Gadi Regev, COO at Israel Ministry of Transport and Road Safety, Security Officer from the Ministry of Transport and Road Safety, and representatives from the Pilot's Union and Elbit Systems. .
They were joined by leading figures in aviation from the UN, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICA), USA's National Transportation Safety Board, International Air Transportation Association (IATA), and others.
Conference participants discussed key directions and operations in aviation safety, an arena that affects industrial and civilian life -- whereby the balance of safety and productivity must be maintained.
During the conference, a cooperative venture, currently undergoing a working draft of an agreement -- between the Flight Safety Foundation and the Fisher Institute -- was formulated. 

 
The FSF, now in its 66th year, is an independent, impartial, non-profit international organization whose key objective is to pursue the continuous improvement of global aviation safety.  Today, membership includes 1,200 organizations in 150 countries.  The FSF is the largest, most influential non-regulatory international agency in aviation safety.

The Head of the Cyprus Branch of FSF has been invited to attend the Fisher Institute's Fifth Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference to take place on November 7th, 2012.  Click here for conference schedule.

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Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference

Leading aviation experts from around the world will be participating at the Fisher Institute's Fifth Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference. Scheduled to take place on November 7, 2012, the conference will be opened by Israel's Minister of Transportation, Mr. Israel Katz.  Topics will include: Regulation and Infrastructure, Aviation and the Economy, Pilot Fatigue and Global Aviation Safety. 

In light of the great interest in the Conference and the many topics that need to be covered, Israel's Civil Aviation Association has agreed to conduct an additional conference in March 2013, to discuss Israel's aviation infrastructures.    One of the Fisher Institute's presentations will focus on creating an infrastructure of airports on artificial islands. We have been in contact with the Government of Japan, the world leader in this field, to help us expand our knowledge of this subject. Click here to see the conference program

 

 

Airpower and the Asymmetric Conflict Research Center

 

  8th Annual Security Conference Brings Leading Experts Under  One Roof at the Fisher Institute

Leading Arabists, Israeli Air Force (IAF) officers and reservists, strategists, intelligence officers, experts on the Middle East, and consultants from Israel and overseas gathered at the Fisher Institute's 8th Annual National Security Conference held on May 22, 2012 in Herzliya,  The conference title: "Air Power Challenges in a Changing Strategic Environment," subdivided into four key sessions: The Geopolitical Context, Revival of the Symmetric Conflict, Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya and Long Range Operations.

 

While the topics varied -- from Strategic and Operational Challenges to Air to Air Advanced Missiles, from the NATO operation in Libya to the Space Research and how Best to Apply it to Air Force Strategic Needs -- Iran was high on the agenda.

 

The Iran Game

Prof. Uzi Arad, former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, head of the NSC, and currently lecturer at the School of Government, IDC Herzliya, kicked off the first session, by summing up the situation with Iran as "time being the name of the game."

 

"We have to push off Iran's uranium enrichment capability as far as possible. Israel's starting position -- to get rid of everything -- is a reasonable one, although in principle there is no objection to the civilian use of uranium enrichment."

The question becomes what types of uranium enrichment will be allowed, and therefore what types of nuclear stations can be built.  "The greatest challenge we have now is to reduce Iran's capability to become a nuclear power."

 

To do so, Arad is convinced that Israel's only choice right now is to work hand-in-hand with the United States. "I am putting the emphasis on the US because I think that they bear the responsibility."  All of the states in the region see the danger of Iran becoming a nuclear power.  In light of Iran's bespeckled record of abiding agreements, the USA will have to be the enforcer and if Iran breaks the agreement  "then the US will have no other choice but to use other steps." 

 

What are these other steps? Arad believes that the US has not stated its position strongly enough. "The US has to issue stronger statements regarding the consequences of not reaching an agreement."  Concomitantly, the US and the Western World have to enforce sanctions and strengthen them.

 

In carefully couched language, Prof. Arad also referred to Israel's options.  "Israel has a breadth of options, all depending on what kind of agreement is reached, and what does it include, or for that matter, exclude.  Israel's key principle must rest on distancing Iran from nuclear capability -- and holding this up against a measuring stick of whether this particular distance is effective or not."

 

Maj. Gen (res) Amos Yadlin, Director of INSS and former Chief of Defense Intelligence, was largely in agreement with Prof. Arad, but felt that Ahmadinejad will not be the President of Iran in 2013.  "He's managed to annoy the religious leadership."   Whether or not Ahmadinejad will be President of Iran did not really concern IAF Brig.-Gen Hagai Topolansky.  Unlike the Iranians who are claiming that distance will prove a problem for Israel, Topolansky disagreed with this.  "We've developed long-range capabilities in recent years to confront various threats. In the 1990's it was from Iraq, and in the 2000's the threat is from Iran."  But, in the end, Topolansky was reluctant to continue any further conversations about Iran.  "It is discussed too much…"

 

Whether or not it is discussed too much, the issue of time is critical.  We may still have time -- according to Yadlin, we have a year -- but the sands are dripping fast.

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Flexible, Adaptable and More Accurate

Time was also a key factor in Brig. Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel, Former Head of the Strategic Planning Division of the IDF's lecture, entitled "Strategic Changes and the Challenges of Force Employment,"  in which he averred that a key goal of Israel's military-political-diplomatic establishment is to: "postpone the next war."

 

Dekel offered a wide-ranging view of what has to be accomplished now to not only postpone the next confrontation, but also better prepare for it.  There is no doubt in Dekel, or for that matter, many of the other conference speakers' minds, that the next confrontation will combine asymmetric and symmetric warfare and that to win that confrontation we must be able to create advantages that the 'other side' does not have. 

Right now the 'playing field' is too balanced, in a matter of speaking.  To wit: advanced technologies are easily accessible for both sides, there is difficulty in distinguishing the enemy from background noise, much of the confrontations will take place on urban or other non-conventional terrain, nation-states are becoming much weaker, and they are not the only players in the game, the new media is open, accessible and read by all, and much more.

 

So, how can Israel defeat these amorphous, not always easily identifiable enemies?  Flexibility, adaptability and greater precision are called for in every aspect of our operations.  We need to focus on "smart power as opposed to hard power."

This translates into matching intelligence-operations techniques to the enemy mode of operation, enhancing defensive operations, enabling the air force to adjust to changing battlefields (urban, nature reserves, underground). presenting the narrative of the confrontation in a more convincing way to a larger audience, and creating a situation in which there is total integration and synchronization of all efforts involved and engaged in the confrontation.

 

While the Israel Air Force will continue to play a key role in future confrontations, these confrontations will become more complex, creating the need for a range of well-coordinated and tactically united horizontal and vertical operations. 

 

The Arab Spring and Israel
A good part of the afternoon session was devoted to the "New Middle East," an in-depth presentation given by Prof. Uzi Rabi, Director of Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies in Tel Aviv University.


Most of the speakers agreed that there is a new Middle East emerging, but not necessarily the one envisioned by either the protesters nor the world at large.  "The Arab Spring," a term dubbed largely by the media "is not spring, but it is definitely Arab" according to Amos Yadlin.  Yadlin was not alone in his estimation.  Prof. Rabi spoke of a a new spirit that is taking hold of the Middle East, but one which is fundamentally "anarchistic."
 
Democracy, as per Western standards, will not be sweeping the Middle East any time soon.  Rather, what Rabi predicts is a kind of "hybrid democracy" -- a combination of modern democracy with old-time rituals.
The Middle East is a complex place, with dozens of ethnic groups vying for power.  Rabi envisions three separate blocs forming in the Middle East -- vastly different than the Middle East during the 20th century.  .
One is the Iranian bloc, a very negative force in the Middle East.

Two is a bloc of monarchies comprised of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.  These are more moderate regimes, all of whom Israel should try and work with.
Three is the Egyptian bloc, which will largely be run by the Moslem Brotherhood. Eventually, they will build common ground with Tunisia, Libya and Syria.
 
Turkey, like Iran will become a power player, but as opposed to Iran, will navigate among the three different blocs.
And, how will the new Arab leaders respond to the will of the people?  "In the short run, they will have to address the social and economic issues," but in the long run, Rabi, like his colleagues agreed, "it's always hard to tell in the Middle East.." which is why Israel has to prepare for any and all kinds of scenarios.
 
As many of Israel's leading military strategists and planners, experts and consultants, and Israel Air Force officers streamed out of the packed auditorium at the Air Force Center in Herzliya, there was a consensus that the information packed into the 12 hour day 'made a valuable contribution to the strategic arena.'

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The Gaza War  2008 Strategic Decision-Making

Leading lecturers representing Israel's military and political echelons were featured speakers at the "Operation Cast Lead: Strategic Decision-Making" Conference recently hosted by the Fisher Institute in Herzliya.
They presented incisive insights into how strategic decisions were made before, during and after the war, and offered some 'food for thought' in terms of how to deal with the Iranian crisis.  Among the many speakers was Minister of Defense Ehud Barak who strongly felt that the Gaza war went on for too long, the army "didn't need to drag that out for 22 days… the war was justified..but we could have left 10 days earlier with the same results."
Former OC Southern Command Maj. Gen Yoav Galant spoke about the military considerations during the offensive, while former IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen (res.) Gabi Ashkenazy addressed the necessity for closer cooperation between the military and political echelons.  “The General Staff and its head cannot sit outside the political echelon’s discussions about a possible war. They must be there and if they aren’t there then they need to make it happen, this way there will be less mistakes.”
Ms. Tzippi Livni, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, who played a key role during the campaign, warned against deteriorating relations with the United States, particularly during the Iranian crisis. "The more extreme our arguments, the more forceful our language, the weaker we become vis-a-vis our relations with the United States.
Ido Nechushtan, Commander (ret.) of the Israel Air Force, spoke of the Campaign's limited objectives -- to stop the rocket fire on southern Israel -- and cautioned the audience that in evaluating the campaign's effectiveness we need to examine the framework in which the campaign was conducted."
The Conference received widespread coverage by Israel's leading media   

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Information Center


The Digital Library  for History and Heritage of the Israeli Air Force is xpanding

 14 New films of the IAF history now available online.

 

The Fisher Institute Library recently received a gift: a picture album from the graduating class of the Palestine Flying Service.  Held in 1939 at Lod Airport, the High British Commissioner was in attendance at the graduation ceremony.  Did he know that  many of the course graduates were, in fact, members of the outlawed Etzel Group whose names were on the British Secret Police's wanted list?  View the pictures by clicking here. Read The story (Hebrew)

 

 

 Remembering Israel's Fallen 

 Since the establishment of the State of Israel some 1,500 soldiers who served in the Israel Air Force have perished.  Many have books or booklets that have been published in their memory (sometimes by family members, colleagues and/or friends).  In a joint decision by the Board of Directors of the Fisher Institute and the Israel Air Force Foundation, it was agreed to upload these publications (some in private hands) to the Institute's digital library website and make them available to the public at large. .

 

 

 Birds On Our Wings

Newly available on our website are eyewitness accounts of air force accidents involving birds.  Bird strikes are a significant threat to flight safety, and have caused a number of accidents with human casualties. This project is being carried out in cooperation with the University of Tel Aviv and the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration, Latrun.

Visitors can view interviews with IAF commanders, Avihu Ben-Nun, Amos Lapidot and other officers all of whom also discuss special missions.  Click here to watch  

 

Bravo! Fisher Institute's Digital Library

 The Fisher Institute's Digital Library of Air Force History and Tradition received the 2012 Finkler Prize for Science at the May Info Conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv. Click here to see 

 

 Fisher On-Line at  Haifa University

 For the first time, Haifa University faculty, researchers and students can now enjoy access to the Fisher Institute Digital Library for IAF History and Tradition, and the Institute's Information Center.

In an effort to supplement the University of Haifa's library facilities and provide access to "important, high quality research material on space and aviation, and information on the Israel Air Force, its history and traditions," the University of Haifa's Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library will now offer access to the Fisher Institute's Library for their faculty and student body numbering some 20,000 individuals.

"This request from the University of Haifa as not only a major step in expanding the Fisher Institute's services and reach, but also an acknowledgement of the significance of the Fisher Institute's research, information and projects," says Amos Cohen, Director of the Fisher Institute Information Center and Library.

 

 


Upcoming Conferences Mark Them Down on Your Calendar!


The Fifth Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference 07 November 2012


The 8th Ilan Ramon  International Space Conference 29-31 January 2013


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