The Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies seeks to energize Israeli strategic discourse with defense concepts that have fallen by the wayside over the past two decades, including the merit of preemptive war and the need for secure borders.
These matters, alongside IDF war readiness, were the focus of the institute’s December 2017 conference, featuring Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, immediate past IDF Deputy Chief-of-Staff, Maj. Gen. (res) Yaakov Amidror, the Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow at JISS, Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, JISS fellows Mr. Uzi Rubin, Dr. Yagil Henkin, and Mr. Lazar Berman, and other lecturers.
The conference focused on fundamentals of IDF operational doctrine and force structure; on the nature of the next wars; on enemy advances; on the full integration of women in the army; on education in the IDF; and more.
The conference launched an institute research project on Israeli defense doctrine, which will involve IDF leaders and lead towards a book of policy prescriptions.