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John Cappello

Senior Fellow

Biography:

A 25-year veteran of the United States Air Force, John Cappello joins the Foundation for Defense of Democracies as a senior fellow for military affairs, and contributor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' MilitaryEdge.org

Most recently, Cappello served as a senior analyst at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency annex office in Tel Aviv, where he worked closely with the Israel Missile Defense Organization, providing program support for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow anti-missile programs.

Cappello’s distinguished career also includes serving as the U.S. Air Force Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he was responsible for all operational, logistical, and technical issues between the Israel Air Force and the U.S. Air Force. Within this capacity, Cappello also advised the United States Ambassador to Israel on all air, space, and missile defense issues, as well as defense authorization and appropriations issues. Before his time in Tel Aviv, Cappello served as U.S. Air Force and Acting Defense Attaché in Belgrade, Serbia, and as a political military officer at Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

A 25-year veteran of the United States Air Force, John Cappello joins the Foundation for Defense of Democracies as a senior fellow for military affairs, and contributor to FDD’s MilitaryEdge.org

Most recently, Cappello served as a senior analyst at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency annex office in Tel Aviv, where he worked closely with the Israel Missile Defense Organization, providing program support for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow anti-missile programs.

Cappello’s distinguished career also includes serving as the U.S. Air Force Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he was responsible for all operational, logistical, and technical issues between the Israel Air Force and the U.S. Air Force. Within this capacity, Cappello also advised the United States Ambassador to Israel on all air, space, and missile defense issues, as well as defense authorization and appropriations issues. Before his time in Tel Aviv, Cappello served as U.S. Air Force and Acting Defense Attaché in Belgrade, Serbia, and as a political military officer at Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

Should the United States Sell Fighter Jets to the Gulf?

14th December 2016 – The National Interest

Should the United States Sell Fighter Jets to the Gulf?

Patrick Megahan, John Cappello

The timing and phasing of recent U.S. arms deals in the Middle East underscore the complicated balance for the United States of addressing the concerns and needs of multiple partners in the region who frequently view each other with suspicion. more...

Analysis & Commentary

14th December 2016 – The National Interest

Should the United States Sell Fighter Jets to the Gulf?

Patrick Megahan, John Cappello

The timing and phasing of recent U.S. arms deals in the Middle East underscore the complicated balance for the United States of addressing the concerns and needs of multiple partners in the region who frequently view each other with suspicion. more...

29th October 2016 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Study: US Needs A Contingency Plan To Move Bases Out Of Turkey

John Cappello, Eric S. Edelman

Despite Turkey’s strategic role in U.S. defense policy, the military needs to have a contingency plan to move its bases out of the country, according to a recent study by a Washington, D.C. think tank. more...

14th September 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

With MOU, U.S. and Israel Cement Strategic Relationship for Next Decade

With MOU, U.S. and Israel Cement Strategic Relationship for Next Decade

John Cappello

The United States and Israel signed a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, capping almost a year of negotiations for a new security assistance agreement. more...

2nd September 2016 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Five contentious issues for Obama and Turkey’s president to discuss Sunday

John Cappello

President Obama will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday in the midst of the rockiest relationship the two NATO allies have faced in years. more...