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JINSA: Securing America, Strengthening Israel

Since 1976, JINSA—the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs—has been the leading voice promoting and defending the U.S.–Israel security relationship. JINSA is the only nonpartisan organization in Washington, DC that advocates on behalf of a strong U.S. military, a robust U.S. national security policy, and a strong U.S. security relationship with Israel and other like-minded allies. This unique organization crosses the boundaries of a think tank and an advocacy organization.

Through JINSA’s dedicated policy arm, the Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy, it shapes policy on the issues that matter. Its reports, op-eds, and briefings are in the forefront of policy debates in Washington. JINSA staff have briefed members of Congress and their staffs, members of the executive branch, senior military officers, and the media, and its reports are considered must-reads by publications like the Washington Post. On January 27, the co-chairman of the Gemunder Center Iran Task Force, Ambassador Eric Edelman, appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the state of Iranian nuclear negotiations.

An on-the-ground approach has always been central to how JINSA accomplishes its mission. The annual Generals and Admirals program, established in 1981, is a continuing-education program designed to educate recently retired influential U.S. military officers on the importance of a robust U.S.–Israel security partnership to America’s national security, and to provide a platform through which participants are able to share the lessons they learned with policymakers, elected officials, community leaders, and the media. To date, more than 400 flag officers have participated on the program.

The cornerstone of the program is a nine-day trip to Israel, on which the officers attend briefings with senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, and IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz. The most recent program included General James Conway, 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on the recent war in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, he noted, “While Hamas is encouraging the sacrifice of its civilian population—and its cowardly leadership ensconced in bomb shelters—the IDF reports that in the conflict’s first week it provided more than 4,400 tons of food to Palestinians in Gaza, about 900 tons of natural gas, and about 3.2 million liters of diesel fuel. All this despite 1,700 Hamas rockets fired at Israel.” General Conway’s op-ed illustrates how the officers who participate in the JINSA program have become influential voices on the U.S.–Israel security relationship.

The Military Academies Program—the main component of which is a two-week trip to Israel—is the only program in existence created to forge ties between America’s future military leaders at the U.S. military academies and their Israeli counterparts. The commitment by the academies to the program is exemplified by the fact that participants are awarded college credit for successful completion. After a recent program, one of the participants remarked, “Oftentimes Israel is portrayed as a bully in the media, different from its Arab counterparts only in religion and military funding. However, after interacting with IDF soldiers and hearing talks about the complex ethical dilemmas they face as well as the many precautions they take in order to avoid harming innocents, I was able to realize that these accusations are entirely false. . . . The trip helped to show me that even thousands of miles away from my home, the people of Israel still share the same views and ideas as me. This was a powerful lesson that I will be sure to internalize and share with others.” This sentiment is further brought to light when, through JINSA, leading Israeli and American generals hold briefings at the various academies, or past participants join in on JINSA conference calls and briefings.

JINSA’s Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP) brings U.S. law-enforcement leaders from the local, state, and federal levels to Israel for a “best practice” exchange in counterterrorism. This program has consistently been referred to as some of the best training available for law enforcement at all levels. According to Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier, “No experience in my life has had more of an impact on doing my job than going on the LEEP trip.” JINSA has taken well over 100 law-enforcement officials to Israel, including police executives from Nassau and Suffolk counties. The program continues to evolve as the knowledge of terrorist tactics grows.

You don’t have to be a member of the military or a law-enforcement official to take advantage of the programs and education that JINSA provides. Local cabinets around the country comprise community and business leaders who want access to the most up-to-date information about national security, and JINSA’s network can provide this access. JINSA’s newest cabinet is forming on Long Island, and JINSA is proud to announce that its first event will be on February 18, with special guest Lieutenant General David Deptula, USAF (ret.).

General Deptula was the former deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance for the U.S. Air Force. He served as the principal planner for the air campaigns in Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom, and was twice a combined joint task force commander. General Deptula was also a participant in the JINSA Generals and Admirals program and is currently a senior adviser at JINSA’s Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy. He recently wrote an op-ed with JINSA CEO Dr. Michael Makovsky about transferring bunker-busting bombs and B-52’s to Israel to counter the threat of a potential Iranian nuclear weapon. This policy prescription initiated by JINSA has been circulating in Congress.

JINSA invites you to become a national leader on Long Island and join this exclusive opportunity to hear from one of the world’s foremost experts in conceptualizing, planning, and executing military operations from humanitarian relief to major combat operations. In addition to exclusive access to events on Long Island, national leaders will also have the opportunity to take part in National Leadership summits held twice a year in Washington, DC, as well as timely conference calls and much more. Please contact or call 202-667-3900 for more information about this exciting opportunity to be a part of JINSA’s newest local cabinet.

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Posted by on February 5, 2015. Filed under In This Week's Edition. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.