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 March 14-23, 2018. This trip is part of FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel, launched in 2011, which has brought nearly 140 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 nearly 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: March 14 – March 23, 2018


  • 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 February 1, 2018 and the evening of April 19, 2018.

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