Newsletter No. 5 Spring 2013
Fisher Institute Newsletter
No.5 Spring 2013
These past few months have seen a flurry of activities at the Fisher Institute, among them the Eighth National Security Conference devoted to Air Power Challenges in a Changing Strategic Environment. One of the subjects discussed was Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya, Long Range Operations -- NATO's air campaign in Libya. Leading members of the Defense establishment and many experts from overseas participated in the conference. Click here to listen to the conference lectures.
The Fifth Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference took place on November 7th, which focused on the Liberalization in Aviation Market and Flight Time Limitation (pilot fatigue). Conference participants included senior members of Israel's aviation industry, the vice-president of IATA, senior executives of airports, civilian airlines and leading representatives of global aviation companies. Click here to listen to the conference lectures.
For the first time, this Conference played host to an international space exhibition in which, in addition to the Israel Space Agency exhibit, there were exhibits from the American Space Agency, the Italian Space Agency, the French Space Agency, and a cluster of Denmark's space agency and industries. The Conference opened its doors to the wider public, offering special activities including guided tours of the exhibition and lectures given by astronauts and scientists. The Conference received broad media coverage in Israel and overseas, and was also widely praised by many of the participants and lecturers.
We are currently busy planning the two upcoming conferences.
The Conference of Aviation Infrastructure in Israel. This will take place at the Fisher Institute on April 18, and will discuss topical difficulties regarding Israel's aviation infrastructures, such as the expansion of the Ben-Gurion International Airport, construction of an alternate airport, the closing of the Herzliya and Sde Dov airports, and the possibility of constructing airports on Mediterranean artificial islands.
The Ninth Conference on National Security. This will take place on the 22nd of May and will focus on the Yom Kippur War -- Lessons and Understandings Regarding Aerial Power. The major subjects to be discussed at the Conference will be surprise attacks and pre-emptive strikes -- subjects that 40 years later are still relevant.
Thanks to help from our Canadian friends CAASI - The Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, we have added a conference video system to our conference room which enables us to improve our contacts with friends and colleagues around the world.
What's happened recently?
The Eighth Annual International Ilan Ramon Space Conference
Held in January at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, the Conference honored the crew of the Columbia space shuttle and in particular, Israel's first astronaut, Colonel Ilan Ramon, and marked ten years since the tragic accident of the Columbia Space Shuttle. Read More
To listen to the conference lectures click here
The 5th Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference
This year's conference was transformed into an international event thanks to the lecturers, presenters and aviation representatives…read more
Lockheed-Martin Directors in Israel
In Memory of the Fallen -- Digital Books
Working in cooperation with the Israel Air Force Association… Read More
New Films: Aviation Damage Caused by Birds
Among the many films that have already been uploaded, we have recently added… Read More
Asymetric Conflicts: Then and Now
In September we conducted a conference to review decisions adopted during the Second Gaza War…
The year 2013 will focus on three seminal events: 10 Years since the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster, 40 Years Since the Yom Kippur War and 100 Years in Celebration of Israeli Aviation.
We are planning a major conference to focus on culling lessons from the Yom Kippur War… Read More
Celebrating 100 Years of Israeli Aviation
Research on Civilian Applications in Responsive Space….
The Center for Space Research at the Fisher Institute launched innovative research in the field of civilian applications of small, efficient satellites for rapid launching… Read More
What's happened recently?
The Eighth Annual International Ilan Ramon Space Conference
To listen to the conference lectures click here
The Eighth Annual International Ilan Ramon Space Conference, held in January at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, honored the crew of the Columbia space shuttle and in particular, Israel's first astronaut, Colonel Ilan Ramon, marking ten years since the tragic accident of the Columbia Space Shuttle.
The three-day Conference was jointly organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Israel Space Agency, the Ramon Family and the Fisher Institute.
This year's Conference was distinguished by a number of factors and initiatives. First, is that the 2013 Conference hosted the largest number of participants ever and an unprecedented number of representatives from across the globe; among them the heads of NASA, the European Space Agency, and the space agencies of France, Italy, Canada, Russia and other countries. The outgoing president and chief executive officer of the International Astronautical Federation took an active part in the Conference. The Federation is the world's leading space advocacy body with 246 members, including all key space agencies, companies, societies, associations and institutes across 61 countries. Within this framework, the Fisher Institute submitted a formal request for membership in the Federation.
For the first time, the Conference hosted the head of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, which is responsible for implementing the decisions of the General Assembly and of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
In-depth discussions took place on topics such as: sustainability in space, miniature vehicles, space systems, and new thinking on approaches to space via launch systems.
Another topic addressed at the Conference was Space Exploration: A Global Vision and Future Plans. Dr. Paul Wiesenberg, the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General of the European Space Commission, spoke about the commitment of the European Union to finding solutions for many of the problems we are facing on earth through space exploration. Dr. Wiesenberg also reaffirmed Israel's participation in space research and exploration. "Israel is a very successful partner of the European space programs. This country has proven scientific excellence, but the value of Israel's participation goes well beyond research, technology…it brings people together."
This year's Conference also inaugurated an international space exhibition, which, in addition to an Israel Space Agency booth, had booths from the American Space Agency, Italian Space Agency, French Space Agency, and prominent space and industry firms from Denmark.
The Conference opened its doors to the general public on the third day, offering a wide range of activities from tours of the exhibition to lectures from astronauts and scientists.
The Conference provided an ideal setting for Israel Space Agency representatives to meet with their counterparts from around the world.
This year's conference was transformed into an international event thanks to the lecturers, presenters and aviation representatives from around the world. With such a broad range of topics, we were unable to cover all the subjects related to Israeli civil aviation that we intended to. As such, it was agreed to schedule another conference in March 2013, which would cover aviation infrastructure -- land and air-based -- also known as "The Airport Plan and the Segmentation of the Skies Into Civil and Military Zones and Establishing Civilian Lanes to Include Meeting the Needs of Sports Aviation and Others."
The Conference was widely covered in the press. To read press coverage, click here.
The 5th Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference took place at the Air Force Center in Herzliya on November 7, 2012 and was held in cooperation with the Fisher Brothers Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies and the Israel Airports Authority.
The Conference covered professional subjects which lie at the heart of the Israel and international aviation fields: regulations, economics and safety. Lectures were videoed and have been uploaded to our website.
The guest of honor at the Conference was Mr. Thomas Windmuler, Vice President of IATA, who covered a number of topics: the scope of global aviation -- whose economic impact is estimated at some $2.2 trillion, the equivalent of about 3% of the global GNP -- and key trends in civil aviation, where he predicts more mergers, more ventures and alliances. "Alliances represent an opportunity to offer greater economies of scale…I expect alliances to remain, expand and I encourage airlines to deepen such relationships…"
Mr. Windmuler also reviewed the broad ranging economics of the industry and safety issues. "We believe that the transition to a fully liberalized industry will take years to achieve… but if our global industry's growth is held back by even a percentage point (the industry is working on a very small margin), then jobs and revenues will suffer. That should make airlines and government strong partners in supporting airlines' success. And, airlines need to be successful businesses…"
Following, the Israel Aviation Authority and Israel Airports Authority presented a report on their activities and programs during the past year and discussed trends for the future.
The second panel dealt with liberalization in the aviation industry, what has been monickered "open skies" and attracted much attention from conference attendees. Differences surrounding this subject and the new international agreements resulted in some tense moments, with emotions running high.
This year's panel on security dealt primarily with the changes that are being realized and those that will soon be implemented in limiting activities of air crews -- Flight Time Limitation* -- which will greatly impact on the commercial aviation industry.
* Flight Time Limitation (FTL)
In light of the progress of plans to equip the Israel Air Force with F-35 and C-130J fighter planes, representatives of Lockheed-Martin's senior executive branch met with Israeli leaders in aviation at the Fisher Institute.
Some 250 individuals came to hear Mr. Tom Bravitz speak about the F-35 fighter plane project: the management of such a broad-ranging project which incorporates state-of-the-art technology, issues of uncertainty and risks. Mr. Dov Baharav, Chairman of the Israel Aircraft Industry, spoke about the Israeli industry and the challenges facing it in the 21st century.
Working in cooperation with the Israel Air Force Association, we have begun to upload books written in memory of those who fell while serving in the Israel Air Force to our Digital Library on Air Force history and Heritage.
Recently, the Israel Air Force Association turned to grieving families and requested that they submit books or materials that have been written about their loved ones.
Among the many films that have already been uploaded, we have recently added the stories of: Tamir Yaniv, Rami Ben Efraim, Rani Flek, Ofer Lapidot, Yoash Tzidon and others. In honor of the 60th anniversary of receiving their wings, we recently received a DVD of the meeting of Course #8 graduates. Watch the Films
We are planning, in cooperation with the Israel Air Force, a major conference to focus on culling lessons from the Yom Kippur War, particularly in the field of strategic decisions between the political and military echelons, the strategic interface between the Air Force and the General Staff, and the decision-making processes within the Air Force itself.
In view of the geopolitical changes, and the fact that asymmetrical confrontations against national entities are likely to continue, our discussions surrounding the Yom Kippur War, a difficult and critical engagement, are important. Lecturers and speakers from Israel and around the world will take the podium and discuss the war from strategic, political-military and operative perspectives.
The Fisher Institute will be working together with the Eretz Yisrael Museum to mark "100 Years of Aviation in Israel." This will coincide with the exhibit on this subject that the Museum is planning to launch and the seminars and events that will take place around the exhibition: we welcome your input and ideas.
We look forward to seeing you during the year at these events.
The Center for Space Research at the Fisher Institute launched innovative research in the field of civilian applications of small, efficient satellites for rapid launching and used for monitoring of and treating different disasters. We are currently completing the research study which will evaluate a number of different types including the operational need for this particular satellite initiative, technological aspects of the satellites and launching equipment, and additional subjects. The research study has been funded by the Canadian Friends of the Fisher Institute.
The Fisher Institute is launching two new research studies in the field of strategy:
* "Building a Grand Strategy for the State of Israel". Dr. Uzi Arad is conducting this study.
In September we conducted a conference to review decisions adopted during the Second Gaza War (Iron Dome offensive) which took place from the end of 2008 to the beginning of 2009. No doubt, in light of the most recent operation -- Pillar of Smoke -- also in Gaza and also combating Hamas, the outcome of this conference was significant and relevant. It was clear to all of us involved, that these forums deal with important issues that have great relevance to current decision making and fields of operation.
We completed the research study dealing with aerial power and asymmetric confrontations, and are preparing the study for publication and distribution among different bodies. These studies impact on many governmental and military decision making levels.