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Gaza Assessment

For almost a decade and a half, repeated rounds of fighting have erupted between the terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Israel. In these conflicts, Hamas deploys against Israel both new technologies and tactics and repeated, consistent attempts to delegitimize the Jewish state by portraying its military operations as war crimes. These developments threaten not just Israel but also the United States and its military, if they are adopted by U.S. adversaries.

The Gaza Assessment Policy Project convenes senior U.S. military commanders and legal experts to study each armed conflict between Israel and Hamas, beginning in 2014, in order to develop legal, strategic, operational, and technological observations about the challenges confronting Israel today and that the United States could face in the future and identify lessons that might assist American leaders in preparing for and conducting future conflicts.


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Gaza Assessment Policy Project Members

LTG. Mick Bednarek, USA (ret.)

Former Senior Defense Official in Iraq; Former Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation in Baghdad

LtGen Richard Natonski, USMC (ret.)

Former Commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command

LTC Geoffrey S. Corn, USA (ret.)

Distinguished Fellow, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy, Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law, Houston

Gen Charles "Chuck" Wald, USAF (ret.)

Co-Chair of the Iran Policy Project and Eastern Mediterranean Policy Project, Former Deputy Commander of United States European Command

ADM Michael S. Rogers, USN (ret.)

Former Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Former Director of the National Security Agency

LtGen Dave Beydler, USMC (ret.)

Former Commander, Marine Forces Central Command

LTG Raymond Palumbo, USA (ret.)

Former Deputy Commander of U.S. Army Special Operations

LTG Stephen Lanza, USA (ret.)

Former Commanding General of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis McChord

LtGen Jon Davis, USMC (ret.)

Former Deputy Commandant for Aviation

LTG Karen Gibson, USA (ret.)

Former Deputy Director for National Intelligence and National Security Partnerships

LTG Robert Ashley, USA (ret.)

Former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

RADM Brian L. Losey, USN (ret.)

Former Commander, U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command

GEN David Rodriguez, USA (ret.)

Former Commander, United States Africa Command

MG. Mike Jones, USA (ret.)

Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command

Maj Gen Rick Devereaux, USAF (ret.)

Former Director of Operational Planning, Policy, and Strategy - Headquarters Air Force

LTG William B. Caldwell, IV, USA (ret.)

Former Commander, U.S. Army North

Lt Gen Thomas "Tom" Trask, USAF (ret.)

Former Vice Commander, United States Special Operations Command

Analysis & Commentary

19FortyFive - March 4, 2024
by Michael Makovsky, PhD and Rep. Cory Mills and
Military Times - December 7, 2023
by Jacob Olidort and Retired Army Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum and
The National Interest - November 24, 2023
by Michael Makovsky, PhD and
The Jerusalem Post - November 13, 2023
by Sander Gerber and Ezra Gontownik and
The Dispatch - November 2, 2023
by Jonathan Ruhe and
The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune - November 1, 2023
by IDF MG (ret.) Yaakov Amidror and
War on the Rocks - October 30, 2023
by Blaise Misztal and
National Interest - October 20, 2023
by Blaise Misztal and Jacob Olidort and
Washington Times - October 19, 2023
by Michael Makovsky, PhD and Rep. August Pfluger and
19FortyFive - October 18, 2023
by Jacob Olidort
eKathimerini - October 16, 2023
by Michael Makovsky, PhD and Blaise Misztal and
The Wall Street Journal - August 14, 2015
by Maj Gen Rick Devereaux, USAF (ret.) and
Texas Jewish Post - July 30, 2015
by Ben Tinsley
Times of Israel - July 1, 2015
by Elhanan Miller
Arutz Sheva - June 29, 2015
by Arutz Sheva Staff
USA Today - June 28, 2015
by James Robbins
JTA - June 24, 2015
by Ron Kampeas and Marcy Oster
Arutz Sheva - June 23, 2015
by Tova Dvorin
The Weekly Standard - June 15, 2015
by Willy Stern
Washington Examiner - April 20, 2015
by Charles Hoskinson
U.S. News & World Report - March 17, 2015
by James S. Robbins
The Tower - March 11, 2015
by TheTower.org Staff
Washington Free Beacon - March 10, 2015
by Alana Goodman
Washington Examiner - March 10, 2015
by Charles Hoskinson