Subscribe to FDD

National Security Trip to Israel

National Security Trip to Israel

A Behind the Scenes Look at Israel's National Security Strategies

FDD's National Security Trip to Israel is a seven day trip for D.C.-area young professionals pursuing careers in national security. The twenty selected participants will enjoy conversations and high-level meetings with senior government officials and experts on a host of security issues. Topics may include: the strategic implications of a nuclear-armed Iran, Palestinian Islamist movements, cyber warfare and lawfare, and Israel's other manifold regional security concerns. These intimate conversations will be supplemented with hands-on activities with Israel's top national security practitioners.

Previous National Security Trips to Israel included private meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ron Dermer (current Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.), Meir Dagan (former Director of the Mossad), Shaul Mofaz (former Minister of Defense), Mark Regev (international spokesman for the Prime Minister of Israel) and other senior Israeli government officials as well as Palestinian officials including then-Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Meetings also include conversations with former reporters and other policy influencers, such as Ehud Ya’ari (Channel 2 reporter), Avi Issacharoff, and renowned historian Bernard Lewis. Experiential trips have included a visit to Microsoft, the Iron Dome, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, the Security Barrier, Ramallah and Rawabi and tactical training at elite army installations.

The selected participants will be accompanied by FDD subject-matter experts throughout the trip. The goal is to establish long-term relationships that will help participants advance their career in government service. Additionally, upon returning from the trip, trip participants will be integrated into FDD's alumni network, which includes mentorship opportunities, roundtable conversations and invitations to VIP events with Washington's policymakers.

Dates: June 29 – July 7, 2014 (tentative)


  • This trip is for people who have already visited Israel on an organized program or who have spent significant time in Israel (previous travel to Israel is a requirement for eligibility).
  • This trip is for professionals working in or interested in pursuing careers in counterterrorism and national security
  • Participants must be based in the DC area
  • Participants must be between the ages of 26-35
  • Participants must pay a program fee of $400

Cost: $400*

Price includes round-trip airfare from Newark and accommodation in Israel. There will be several "independent meals" during the course of the program and participants will be responsible for their own transportation to/from Newark airport.

Registration is now open. Please visit to apply. Registration closes on Friday, March 28.

Questions? Contact

*This trip is made possible by a generous subsidy from FDD