About Us

Our Mission:

The Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) is dedicated to educating Congressional, military and civilian national security decision-makers on American defense and strategic interests, primarily in the Middle East, the cornerstone of which is a robust U.S.-Israeli security cooperation. JINSA believes that a strong American military and national security posture is the best guarantor of peace and the survival of our values and civilization.

Our People

All
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Steven L. Pomerantz

Director, Homeland Security Program
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Jennifer L. Zis

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
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Michael Makovsky, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer
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Jonathan Ruhe

Director of Foreign Policy
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Harris Vederman

Director of Programs and Outreach
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VADM John M. Bird, USN (ret.)

Former Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet
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Gen James T Conway, USMC (ret.)

34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
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Maj Gen Larry "Stutz" Stutzriem, USAF (ret.)

Former Director, Plans, Policy and Strategy at North American Aerospace Defense Command
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Naomi Burstein

Associate Director of Programs and Outreach
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ADM Kirkland H. Donald, USN (ret.)

Former Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
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LtGen Kenneth J. Glueck, USMC (ret.)

Former Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command
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Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (ret.)

Former Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
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Gen Michael Hostage, USAF (ret.)

Former Commander, Air Combat Command
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Svante E. Cornell

Policy Advisor, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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LTC Geoffrey S. Corn, USA (ret.)

Hybrid Warfare Policy Project Member, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy; Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law, Houston
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Larry Goldstein

Founder and Director of Energy Policy Research Institute, Inc.; JINSA Gemunder Center Senior Advisor
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John Hannah

Former Assistant for National Security Affairs to the Vice President; JINSA Gemunder Center Senior Advisor
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Hon. Stephen Rademaker

Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation; JINSA Gemunder Center Senior Advisor
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Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (ret.)

Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, U.S. Air Force Headquarters; JINSA Gemunder Center Senior Advisor
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Gen Charles "Chuck" Wald, USAF (ret.)

Distinguished Fellow; Senior Advisor; Co-chair, Iran Policy Project, Eastern Mediterranean Policy Project; Member, Gaza Policy Project, U.S.-Israel Security Policy Project
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Sander Gerber

Distinguished Fellow, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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IDF MG (ret.) Yaakov Amidror

Distinguished Fellow, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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Ethan Pupkin

Development Associate
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Simcha Lyons

Senior Adviser to the CEO
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Blaise Misztal

Vice President for Policy
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Steven Rosen

Senior Fellow, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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Erielle Davidson

Senior Policy Analyst, Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy
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Josh Block

Senior Fellow for Public Affairs and Strategic Communication
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Charles B. Perkins

Director for U.S.-Israel Security Policy
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Shiri Moshe

Senior Policy Analyst, Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy
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Col Stephen T. Ganyard, USMC (ret.)

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
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LTC (Prof) Sean M. Watts, USA (ret.)

Former Professor of International Law at the Judge Advocate General’s School
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Lt Gen Eric E. Fiel, USAF (ret.)

Former Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
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CDR Mark E. Newcomb, USN (ret.)

Former Principal Legal Advisor to Commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet.
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Lt Col Rachel E. VanLandingham, USAF (ret.)

Former Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force; Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School (Los Angeles, CA)
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ADM Bruce Clingan, USN (ret.)

Former Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa
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Edward Morse

Global Head of Commodities Research at Citigroup
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Reuben Jeffery

Former Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs
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VADM Mark Fox, USN (ret.)

Former Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command
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COL. Marc Warren, USA (ret.)

Former senior legal officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corp for Multi-National Forces Iraq
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COL Ian G. Corey, USA (ret.)

Former General Counsel for U.S. Army Cyber Command
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LTG Michael S. Tucker, USA (ret.)

Former Commanding General of the First United States Army from 2013 until 2016
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LTG Thomas W. Spoehr, USA (ret.)

Former Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Forces – Iraq
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Abraham Katsman

Fellow, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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Gen Philip M. Breedlove, USAF (ret.)

Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Former Commander U.S. European Command
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IDF MG (ret.) Yaacov Ayish

Senior Vice President for Israeli Affairs
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GEN. David Rodriguez, USA (ret.)

Former Commander, United States Africa Command
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LtGen John "Jocko" Toolan, Jr., USMC (ret.)

Former Commander, Marine Forces Pacific
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Joshua London

Director of Government Affairs
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Yaniv Menahem

Israel Operations Manager
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Ari Cicurel

Senior Policy Analyst, Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy
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Alan Makovsky

Former Senior Professional Staff Member at U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
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LTG John Gardner, USA (ret.)

Former Deputy Commander of U.S. European Command
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Dr. Richard Wagner Jr.

Former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Atomic Energy
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Dr. James "Jim" Tegnelia

Former Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
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Dr. David Stoudt

Distinguished Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center
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Dr. William Schneider, Jr.

Former Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs
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Thomas Popik

President, Foundation for Resilient Societies
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Dr. Robert Pfaltzgraff, Jr.

Professor of International Security Studies, Fletcher School at Tufts University
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Dr. Keith Payne

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Policy
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VADM G. Peter Nanos, USN (ret.)

Former Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Richard Murray

Head of Liability Regimes Project, Geneva Association
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Amb. Ronald Lehman, II

Former Director, US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
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John Kappenman

President and CEO, Storm Analysis Consultants
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Dr. George Baker

Former Electromagnetics Group Leader, Defense Nuclear Agency
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Amb. Robert Joseph

Co-Chair, EMP Task Force; Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
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Dr. Bryan Gabbard

Co-Chair, EMP Task Force; Executive Vice President, Defense Group Inc.
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MG. Mike Jones, USA (ret.)

Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command
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Maj Gen Rick Devereaux, USAF (ret.)

Former Director of Operational Planning, Policy, and Strategy
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LTG William B. Caldwell, IV, USA (ret.)

Former Commander, U.S. Army North
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Roger Zakheim

Former General Counsel and Deputy Staff Director of U.S. House Armed Services Committee
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Dr. Ray Takeyh

Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies at Council on Foreign Relations
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Lt Gen Henry Obering, USAF (ret.)

Former Director of the Missile Defense Agency
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Amb. Eric Edelman

Counselor; Co-Chair Iran Policy Project and Eastern Mediterranean Policy Project; Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
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Lt Gen Thomas "Tom" Trask, USAF (ret.)

Former Vice Commander, United States Special Operations Command
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ADM James Stavridis, USN (ret.)

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and former Commander of U.S. European Command; Chairman, Gemunder Center U.S.-Israel Security Task Force
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Leo Nayfeld

Managing Director