A Behind the Scenes Look at Israel’s Military Strategies

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its U.S. Military Trip to Israel, taking place April 3-12, 2019. This trip is part of FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel, launched in 2011, which has brought over 160 U.S. national security practitioners to Israel for a week of high-level meetings and experiential visits.

Israel is a leader in the development of innovative military tactics and national security strategy. Throughout the week, trip participants will travel around Israel to visit elite military installations, participate in meetings with high-level Israeli and American decision-makers, and take part in a counterterrorism training exercise with former Israeli Special Forces. Participants will leave the trip with a nuanced understanding of regional challenges and the practical skills to counter 21st century security threats.

Upon completion of the trip, participants will become members of FDD’s National Security Alumni Network, a mid-career professionals alumni group comprised of over 300 alumni of FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel and National Security Fellows Program.

FDD will cover the cost of roundtrip airfare between Washington, D.C. and Tel Aviv, double hotel room accommodations, at least two meals per day, and transportation on the ground in Israel. FDD is a 501c3 non-profit organization which runs a number of educational trips every year. We comply with all federal and congressional ethics rules.

Dates: April 3 – April 12, 2019


  • Participants must be active personnel in the U.S. military

  • Participants should be between the ages of 30-40 and/or hold the rank of Major/Lieutenant Commander/Lieutenant Colonel/Commander/Colonel.

  • Participants must be based in the greater-Washington D.C. area.

  • Participants must attend a pre-trip and post-trip session in Washington D.C. 

  • Participants must attend a pre-trip and post-trip session in Washington D.C. Tentative dates are the evening of March 7, 2019 and the evening of May 23, 2019.

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