About FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, is no longer accepting applications for its U.S. National Security Trip to Israel, taking place June 15-22, 2017.
FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel is a seven day trip for D.C.-area professionals pursuing careers in national security and counterterrorism. The selected participants will enjoy high-level discussions on Israel’s manifold regional security concerns. Previous trips have included meetings with senior Israeli, Palestinian, and American government officials, military officers, journalists, policy experts, and other key influencers. These off-the-record conversations will be supplemented with hands-on activities, including visits to military bases, historical sites, high-tech facilities, and a counterterrorism training exercise with former Israeli Special Forces. Previous experiential activities have included visits to an Iron Dome battery, a Hamas Tunnel, the Security Barrier, Rawabi, and tactical training at elite military installations. Participants will leave the trip with a nuanced understanding of regional challenges and the practical skills to counter 21st century security threats.
The selected participants will be accompanied by FDD experts throughout the trip. Upon completion of the program, participants become members of FDD’s National Security Network, an alumni community comprised of over 200 mid-career national security practitioners. Throughout the year, alumni are provided with opportunities for professional development, networking, and mentorship to advance their careers in national security.
Participants must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 30-40
Participants must be pursuing careers in counterterrorism, national security, or foreign policy
Participants must be based in the greater-Washington D.C. area
Participants must attend two evening sessions in Washington D.C. Tentative dates are May 4, 2017 and July 18, 2017