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November 2011
Annual Awards Dinner
JINSA Holiday Appeal
Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin at Annapolis
Fall Board Meeting
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JINSA Presents Henry M. Jackson Distinguished Service Award to Admiral James G. Stavridis

2011 GNAOn Monday, November 7, JINSA held its 2011 Henry M. Jackson Distinguished Service Award & Grateful Nation Awards Dinner. This year's Jackson Award recipient was Admiral James G. Stavridis, NATO Supreme Allied Commander, European Command and Commander of U.S. European Command.

Dont Forget JINSA's Holiday Appeal
Soldier/FlagThe year is drawing to a close and once again we ask for your support and generosity for our soldiers through the JINSA Deserving Soldier Holiday Appeal. Since its establishment eight years ago, thousands of service members and their families have been helped during the holiday season. Everyone we speak with these days tells us that they just want an opportunity to express their gratitude and appreciation for what our men and women in uniform do for us every day. This is that opportunity!

Former Head of Israeli Military Intelligence Addresses U.S. Navy Midshipmen As Part of JINSA's Military Academies Lecture Series

As part of JINSA's Military Academies Lecture Series, Israeli Major General Amos Yadlin, recently retired head of Israeli Defense Intelligence, conducted a seminar and delivered a lecture to the Brigade of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy on October 27, 2011.


The day began with General Yadlin conducting a two-hour seminar for first and second class midshipmen enrolled in the course, "Statecraft and Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century." Iran's nuclear weapons development program and Israel's responses to it dominated the intense conversation. The discussion was lively and compelling with participating midshipmen furiously taking notes.


Yadlin with Midshipmen 


After a lunch with Naval Academy faculty, General Yadlin delivered a major lecture to a large audience of midshipmen, faculty members, and invited guests. He discussed leadership lessons learned during his nearly 40-year career in the IDF. Current events were also covered in his speech including counter terrorism, Israel's advances in missile defense, the growing threat from Iran and instability in Syria and Egypt.    

The Honorable Avi Dichter in New York
Hon. Avi Dichter with Long Island Cabinet Member Anthony Provenzano
On October 25, 2011, members of JINSA's New York and Long Island Cabinets enjoyed an intimate dinner with the Hon. Avi Dichter, a former Director of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), and currently a Member of the Knesset. Dichter gave an in-depth talk on local security challenges confronting Israel, especially regarding the Palestinian population in Gaza and the West Bank. His talk was particularly incisive regarding Hamas and the potential for any type of accommodation that would bring relative peace to Israel's southern communities. Dichter, who knows all the players on the Palestinian side personally, also provided details on the Hamas-PLO split and the subsequent "reconciliation." He provided insights into Israel's decision-making process when dealing with intelligence on planned Palestinian terror attacks. The talk proved so compelling that it continued for an additional 45 minutes after the formal end to the event.

Fall 2011 JINSA Board Meeting Highlights

Iran Panel 2011On November 7-8, 2011, JINSA held is Fall Board Meeting. The two days were packed with exciting speakers and lively discussion. To begin the meeting, Major General Bennet S. Sacolick, USA, Commanding General of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, addressed JINSA's Board of Directors. The Board then heard a panel on confronting a nuclear Iran that focused on defining policy options for the U.S. The panel included Ali Alfoneh, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; Mark Dubowitz, Executive Director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Henry Bar-Levav, CEO of cyber-security firm Recursion Ventures; and Michael Eisenstadt, Director of the Military and Security Studies Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The panel explored a wide range of topics including internal dynamics, international sactions, destabilizing regimes by computer hacking, and military options.

The following day, JINSA convened a panel on the domestic threat and homegrown terrorism which included Erick Stakelbeck, author of The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, co-author of Homegrown Terrorists in the U.S. and U.K.: An Empirical Examination of the Radicalization Process. The day concluded with lectures by Bill Gertz, National Security Editor for the Washington Times on defense budget cuts; Lee Smith, author of The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations; and Major General Gadi Shamni, Israeli Defense and Armed Forces Attache to the United States and Canada.

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