About Us

Our Mission:

The Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) is dedicated to advancing U.S. national security interests in the Middle East, of which a critical pillar is a robust U.S.-Israel security relationship. JINSA believes that Israel is the most capable and critical U.S. security partner in the 21st century and that a strong America is the best guarantor of Western civilization.

JINSA advances its mission by conducting both educational programs that build ties among American, Israeli and other Middle Eastern partner military leaders, along with in-depth research and actionable recommendations to influence U.S. policy.

JINSA is a non-partisan, 501c(3) organization.

Our People

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Steven L. Pomerantz

Director, Homeland Security Program
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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

Vice President 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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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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ADM Bill Gortney, USN (ret.)

Former Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
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Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (ret.)

Former Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
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LtGen Richard Natonski, USMC (ret.)

Former Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces 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; George R. Killam Jr. Chair of Criminal Law and Director of the Center for Military Law and Policy at Texas Tech University School of Law
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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

Randi & Charles Wax Senior Fellow; Former Assistant for National Security Affairs to the Vice President
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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

Senior Development Associate
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Simcha Lyons

Senior Adviser to the CEO
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Jake Shapiro

Director of Development
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Jacob Olidort

Director of Research, Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy
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Zac Schildcrout

Policy Analyst
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Yoni Tobin

Policy Analyst
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Major General Amikam Norkin

Distinguished Fellow, JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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Anna Schaftel

Programs & Outreach Associate
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VADM Robert Harward, USN (ret.)

Former Deputy Commander of U.S. Central Command
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Gabriel Noronha

Fellow, JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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Elliott Abrams

Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies at Council on Foreign Relations
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IDF MG Yoel Strick

Gemunder Center Visiting Military Fellow
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LTG Raymond Palumbo, USA (ret.)

Former Deputy Commander of U.S. Army Special Operations
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LTG Stephen Lanza, USA (ret.)

Former Commanding General of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis McChord
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Lt Gen Jon Davis, USMC (ret.)

Former Deputy Commandant for Aviation
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LTG Karen Gibson, USA (ret.)

Former Deputy Director for National Intelligence and National Security Partnerships
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LTG Robert Ashley, USA (ret.)

Former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
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Matthew Kenney

Vice President for Government Affairs
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Earl G. Matthews

Non-Resident Fellow, JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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Blaise Misztal

Vice President for Policy
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ADM Jonathan W. Greenert, USN (ret.)

Former Chief, Naval Operations (CNO, 2011-2015)
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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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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

Julian and Jenny Josephson 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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Yaniv Menahem

Middle East Operations Manager
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Ari Cicurel

Assistant Director of Foreign Policy, 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. John Foster Jr.

Former Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Member, Congressional EMP Commission
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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

Distinguished Scholar; Co-Chair Iran Policy Project and Eastern Mediterranean Policy Project; Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
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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