The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, DC-based think tank, organizes an annual Military Trip to Israel for active duty military officers. The next trip will take place in early 2024. This trip is part of FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel, launched in 2011, which has brought over 300 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 participate in meetings with high-level Israeli and American decision-makers, experiential visits to exclusive military installations, such as the Iron Dome and replicas of Hamas tunnels and will participate in two hands-on training exercises. Participants will leave the trip with a nuanced understanding of regional challenges and the practical skills to counter 21st century security threats.
The selected participants will be accompanied by FDD experts throughout the trip. 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 500 alumni of FDD’s National Security Trips to Israel and/or National Security Fellows Program. Throughout the year, alumni are provided with opportunities for professional development, networking, and mentorship to advance their careers in national security.