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Interview with Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel: Next Generation Technology and National Security

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

Wikistrat recently interviewed Prof. Isaac Ben Israel, an internationally renowned expert on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and national security on the role of AI and autonomous weapons in modern warfare, and Israel's involvement in next-gen technology and national security.


Isaac Ben-Israel served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for over three decades

before retiring at the rank of Major General in 2002. During his career he served as

the chief of the Operations Research Branch of the Israeli Air Force (IAF), head of the

Analysis and Assessment Division of IAF Intelligence, and head of Military R&D for

the IDF and Ministry of Defense (1991-1997). In January 1998, he was promoted to

Director of the Defense R&D Directorate in the Ministry of Defense.

Ben-Israel is an internationally renowned expert on artificial intelligence, cyber security,

and national security, and he has had a profound impact on Israel’s technological

innovation and the defense establishment. Since retiring from the military, he has held

a variety of roles in the public and private sectors, notably as a member of the 17th

Knesset (2007-2009) and the head of the Israel Space Agency since 2005. He currently

teaches at Tel Aviv University where he is the Director of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary

Cyber Research Center.

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