About FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, will be hosting the National Security Trip to Israel from June 6-15, 2018.

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 Alumni Network, an alumni community comprised of  over 300 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.

FDD will cover the cost of round trip airfare between New York and Tel Aviv, double hotel rooms, and at least two meals per day. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to/from New York’s JFK airport.

If you have any questions, please see the FAQ page or contact [email protected].