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Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy

The Gemunder Center’s revamped Policy Project Force brings together former senior military officers, high-ranking government officials, energy experts and business leaders to address the pressing challenges to U.S. national security posed by Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program.

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The Hybrid Warfare Policy Project was established by the Jewish Institute for National Security of America’s (JINSA) Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy to define the requirements of the law of armed conflict (LOAC) and to evaluate the performance of the U.S., Israeli, and other allied militaries in compliance with – and sometimes, beyond – the dictates of that law. The Policy Project also seeks to focus attention on the conduct of hybrid adversaries such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic State, which often intentionally exploit that same body of law to stymie U.S., Israeli,and allied forces in battle and to discredit their self-defense operations in the forum of public opinion.

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The U.S.-Israel Security Policy Project examines the various ways to strengthen the U.S.-Israel security relationship amid dramatic regional changes to meet growing dangers and capitalize on new opportunities.

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The Eastern Mediterranean Project was established by JINSA to examine evolving threats and opportunities, and to provide recommendations, for U.S. policy toward the region, including Turkey’s increasingly aggressive posture, the return of great power competition and significant energy discoveries.

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The strategy that HAMAS employed in the 2014 Gaza War represents the new face of war that threatens to undermine the effectiveness of conventional militaries, endangers civilians in irregular conflicts, and distorts the international legal structure.The Gaza Assessment Policy Project closely studies the evolution of this strategy and Israel’s response, based on primary source research and discussions with senior Israeli, Palestinian, and United Nations (U.N.) officials.

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JINSA’s Gemunder Center EMP Policy Project convenes former high-ranking government and military officials, directors of national laboratories, nuclear engineers and other experts to raise awareness and develop actionable recommendations to enhance U.S. strategic deterrence, critical infrastructure and societal resiliency against the spectrum of electromagnetic threats.

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Upcoming Events

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December 15, 2019

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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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Harry Hoshovsky

Policy Analyst, Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy
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Ari Cicurel

Policy Analyst, Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy

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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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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.)

Distinguished Fellow, 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; Member, Gaza Policy Project, U.S.-Israel Security Policy Project, and Eastern Mediterranean Policy Project
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Sander Gerber

Distinguished Fellow
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IDF MG (ret.) Yaakov Amidror

Distinguished Fellow, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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IDF Col. (res.) Itai Shapira

Distinguished Fellow, JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense & 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

Associate Fellow, Gemunder Center for Defense and 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; Distinguished Fellow, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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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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Alan Makovsky

Former Senior Professional Staff Member at U.S. House Foreign Relations Committee
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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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Mortimer Zuckerman

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report
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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

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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LtGen Richard Natonski, USMC (ret.)

Former Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command
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LTC Geoffrey S. Corn, USA (ret.)

Distinguished Fellow, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy; Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law, Houston
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Gen Charles "Chuck" Wald, USAF (ret.)

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

Distinguished Fellow
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IDF MG (ret.) Yaakov Amidror

Distinguished Fellow, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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IDF Col. (res.) Itai Shapira

Distinguished Fellow, JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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IDF MG (ret.) Yaacov Ayish

Senior Vice President for Israeli Affairs; Distinguished Fellow, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy

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Svante E. Cornell

Policy Advisor, Gemunder Center for Defense & Strategy
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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

Latest Reports

A Narrow U.S.-Israel Defense Pact: Addressing Criticism
November 20, 2019
Arming Israel to Defeat Iranian Aggression: Frontloading Weapons Delivery
November 18, 2019
Sea Changes: U.S. Challenges and Opportunities in the Eastern Mediterranean
August 1, 2019
For a Narrow U.S.-Israel Defense Pact
July 30, 2019
If Time Runs Out Again: Implications of Iran’s Nuclear Escalation
July 8, 2019
Defending the Fence: Legal and Operational Challenges in Hamas-Israel Clashes, 2018-19
March 15, 2019
Israel’s Next Northern War: Operational and Legal Challenges
October 29, 2018
Comprehensive U.S. Strategy Toward Iran After the JCPOA
September 16, 2018
ATLAS SUPPORTED: Strengthening U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation
May 8, 2018
Countering Iranian Expansion in Syria
November 20, 2017
Strategy to Restore U.S. Leverage Against Iran
July 12, 2017
The Iran Nuclear Deal After One Year: Assessment and Options for the Next President
July 12, 2016
Impact of the Interim Deal with Iran
May 12, 2014

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Benjamin Gettler Annual International Policy Trip

The Benjamin Gettler International Policy Trip annually brings high-level delegations of retired senior military officers and civilian national security experts to a country that is important to U.S. national security and/or the U.S.-Israel relationship. After completing their trip, each group shares their findings and recommendations with policymakers and opinion leaders in Washington, D.C. and across the United States. This important program is made possible by the generous support from the Gettler Family Foundation, in memory of former JINSA Chairman Benjamin Gettler.

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Egypt

April 29 - May 4, 2018 Participants included: ADM Bruce Clingan, USN (ret.) Gen Charles Wald, USAF (ret.) LTG Howard Bromberg, USA (ret.) LtGen Kenneth Glueck, USMC (ret.) Meetings included: President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi Head of the General Intelligence Service (GIS) Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhy Commentary: The U.S. is Right to Restore Aid to Egypt Reuters - July 30, 2018 by ADM Bruce Clingan, USN (ret.) and Read More

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Greece

The Benjamin Gettler Annual International Policy Trip visited Greece from March 31-April 4. The delegation was led by JINSA President & CEO Dr. Michael Makovsky and consisted of: Gen Charles Wald, USAF (ret.) Gen Kevin Chilton, USAF (ret.) VADM Mark Fox, USN (ret.) Lt Gen Thomas Trask, USAF (ret.) IDF MG (ret.) Yaakov Ayish Dr. Svante Cornell Alan Makovsky Meetings included: Chief of the Hellenic National Defense Staff, Christos Christodoulou Defense Minister, Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis Shadow Defense Minister, Mr. Vassilis Kikilias Minister of Environment and Energy, Giorgos Stathakis Rear Admiral Dimitrios Kavoulakos Opposition Member, Giorgos Koumoutsakos Leading Greek Think Tank, E...