Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs

Brokering a “Partnership” Between the Israeli Military and the Pentagon





Vincent J. Abramo

May 1, 2008

















Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs

Brokering a “Partnership” Between the Israeli Military and the Pentagon


The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs describes itself as “the most influential group on the issue of U.S. / Israel military relations”. [1]  JINSA is a Washington based organization, that vigorously promotes military strategic cooperation between the U.S. Department of Defense and Israeli intelligence and military structures.  JINSA’s core interests are missile defense, high tech conventional weapons, and U.S. laws that govern weapons export controls.  JINSA was founded in the 1970’s as a study group aimed at learning lessons from Israel’s disastrous 1973 Yom Kippur War. [2]  Since 1979, JINSA has transformed itself into a defense education group with interactive programs designed to “crochet” Israeli military structures into U.S. military operations and strategic planning for the 21st century.  


According to the JINSA website, the group communicates with the American Jewish community and the U.S. national security and military establishment about the role Israel can and does play in bolstering American interests, as well as the link between American defense policy and the security of Israel.  JINSA programs are designed ostensibly to educate America’s defense and foreign affairs community about the critical role Israel can and does play in bolstering U.S. vital and democratic interests in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.[3]


JINSA plays a unique role within the pro Israel lobby.  While the highly influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) focuses on influencing congressional legislation that may be critical to U.S. support of Israel, JINSA works the military to military relationship between the U.S. and Israel, paying special attention to weapons issues, while at the same time maintaining close ties to U.S. military industrial entities.[4]  In so doing it has fostered closeness to countless numbers of present and former military leaders who possess details of highly classified military information, information that could compromise entire portions of U.S. military plans and weapons technological capabilities.  


What is JINSA?  It says that it is an educational institution, a think tank, and yet its programs and activities are more directed to create a strong bond between the Pentagon and the Israeli defense and intelligence establishment.[5]  JINSA is the only institution in Washington that facilitates a physical interaction with the U.S. military and defense contractors through trips to Israel, visits to U.S. military installations, seminars, conferences, and awards banquet dinners.[6]  Are JINSA activities operating at the threshold of being identified as an intelligence organization; an arm of the Israeli government or worse Israeli intelligence services?  JINSA’s “raison d’etre” seems to be to influence, convince, inform, cajole, and support the message that seeks to influence U.S. defense and national security policy initiatives in relation to Israeli military needs.  Over the past thirty years JINSA officers, directors and board members have held positions at the Pentagon, CIA, and the Congress at the TS/SCI security level.  Have these ties been a danger to U.S. national security by way of giving, inter alia, Israeli access into U.S. secrets?  If JINSA is suspected of walking like a duck and quacking like a duck, is it a duck?  What this paper will do is to describe JINSA’s activities, and the actions of its leaders, as reported open source, in the media, both print and on-line (see bibliography) without positing a value judgment or forming opinions.  This paper is an academic OSINT presentation.   


JINSA – Programs  

Flag and General Officers Trip to Israel

Since 1982, JINSA has sponsored an annual trip to Israel for recently retired American Admirals and Generals.  JINSA’s website explains; “Although no longer on active duty, the former staff officers are selected, because they are still connected to the American security establishment.  Some continue to serve on Defense Department or presidential commissions; some are advisors to their previous commands, others are consultants to various security related organizations. The Admirals and Generals are opinion leaders well placed to help dispel misinformation about Israel and the U.S./Israeli relationship”. [7]


The June 2006 Flag and General Officers Trip to Israel was the 24th annual trip.  The 2006 group consisted of eight recently retired Admirals and Generals plus two military members currently serving on the JINSA Advisory Board.  The participants engaged in meetings with Israeli officers at the highest levels of the Israel’s military leadership.

 Iran was the chief subject of discussion with both the Chief of Staff of the IDF and the Chief of Military Intelligence.[8]     


Bob J. Perry Military Academies Program in Israel

This program is conducted in Israel for cadets and mid-shipman from the U.S. Naval Academy, the Military Academy at West Point and the Air Force Academy.  Now in its 19th year the program is a three week program for junior and senior cadets.  Numbering over 200 each year the cadets and midshipman spend their time in lectures, travel and meeting Israeli officers.  They visit military bases, the holocaust museum at Yad-Vashem, and stay with kibbutz families to form friendships.  JINSA states “The program has enormous value to Israel.  Since the 2001 class, the cadets who participated in the program are now officers who have graduated from the U.S. service academies and are commanding American forces in the Arab and Muslim world.  Through this program, JINSA is able to influence, to some degree, the men and women who are the future leadership of the American armed forces.  The work-study program is designed to provide the next generation of American military leadership with a personal intensive experience with an allied country.” [9]


Gottesman Lecture Series U.S. Military Academies

Designed to bring historical as well as contemporary information about Israel to students in U.S. military academies, JINSA organizes the program to upcoming generations of U.S. military leadership on the history and contemporary issues affecting Israel.  Past presenters have included Adm. Avraham Ben Shoshan, and Maj. General Giora Romm, both Defense Attachés at the Embassy of Israel.  Maj. General Ilan Biran and Brig.General Avigdor Kahalani, both from Israel’s Central Command have also given lectures at the academies.  They have drawn large audiences from the corps of cadets.


2006 - JINSA Lectures, Conferences, Visits

DoD Lectures

In the spring and summer of 2006, Brig.General Mark Kimmitt, U.S. Deputy Director for Strategy and Plans, U.S. Central Command, spoke to JINSA audiences in Los Angeles, Washington, New York, Cincinnati, and Houston.  JINSA members in these cities heard General Kimmitt discuss American military strategy to address what he called “generational conflict.” [10]


JINSA Conferences

In February, JINSA sponsored a full day conference in Washington entitled Confronting a Nuclear Iran: Behavior Modification or Regime Change.  The program was composed of high level representatives from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), former CIA Director and JINSA Board Member, James Woolsey, Lt. General Earl Hailston USMC. (Ret).  In JINSA’s 2006 End of the Year Report the following was described.  “An invited audience of about 75 people was comprised of Washington analysts and officials who participated as unnamed guests to allow them greater freedom of discussion.”


JINSA “Field Trips”

In May, as part of JINSA’s Spring Board Meeting, Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey hosted 80 members of JINSA’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board members for a full day of briefings at the Pentagon.  Topics included Iraq, army recruiting and retention challenges, NATO and EUCOM.  General Peter J. Schoomaker, Chief of Staff U.S. Army addressed the group. 


On May 21st, JINSA Officers and Board members participated in a two day study program at the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), the newest U.S. regional combatant command, and NORAD, the Cheyenne Mountain underground defense complex and headquarters of the U.S. Air Force Space Command.  Located near Colorado Springs, Colorado, both facilities are critical to U.S. defenses.  Admiral Tim Keating USN Commander of NORTHCOM and NORAD, and Major General Mark Volcheff USAF Planning Director for NORTHCOM hosted the delegation.[11]


In 2006 JINSA hosted in Washington Israeli military and civilian leaders including IDF chief of Plans Maj General Ido Nechushtan and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigor Lieberman 


JINSA - Award Programs

Henry “Scoop” Jackson Distinguished Service Award

Each year, since 1984, JINSA has held its annual Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson Distinguished Service Award.  It is gala event attended by over 650 representatives from the Department of Defense, executives from a myriad of civilian defense and security contractors.  SAIC, Man-Tech, Mitre Corporation, and staffers from Capitol Hill are invited.  Attendees do not take spouses as it has the air of an old boys “smoker”  Held in one of  Washington’s best hotels, the event is sponsored by the largest defense contractors, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Finmeccanica*, and Boeing with their VP’s  presenting awards. [12]   

Each year the “Scoop” Jackson award is made to one of Washington’s deserving, political or military elite.  The award honors leaders and military figures whose careers have been distinguished by the principles that coincide with JINSA’s basic mission, namely, the belief that the United States requires a strong military capability for both its own security and for that of trustworthy friends and allies (Israel).  JINSA directors have said that “support for Israel was the cornerstone of the late Senator Jackson’s visionary policy and therefore the award is given to those like-minded leaders on Capitol Hill and in the Pentagon.”   Recent recipients have been Robert M. Gates (2007), Senator John McCain (2006), General Peter Pace (2005), Senator Evan Bayh (2004), and Paul D. Wolfowitz (2002).[13]


JINSA Grateful Nation Award

The large military presence at the Scoop Jackson Awards Dinner is greatly facilitated by the second event on the card the same evening.  The Grateful Nation Award was created in 2001to recognize the courage and dedication of enlisted, noncommissioned officers, and junior officers fighting on the front lines. The award is given to one member from each of the service branches.  Each is nominated by their commanding officers and chosen by the senior leadership of their respective services.  The choreography, in the large hotel ballroom, with all the pomp and circumstance of this ceremony and the words of praise to all the recipients each year, has no doubt put JINSA well over the top in its relationship with Pentagon, Capital Hill and intelligence community elites.[14]

JINSA’s Leadership in Law Enforcement (LEEP)

Since 2001, Mark Broxmeyer has served as the National Chairman, Board of Directors JINSA.  His background as a housing developer, and owner of one of New York’s leading multi million dollar real estate companies has given him the financial ability to “branch out”, tinkering with U.S. / Israeli security issues.  New York’s Governor George Pataki seems to have launched Mr. Broxmyer into his international career by appointing him to serve on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Development Corporation.  He has recently been asked to serve on the National Finance Committee of Senator John McCain’s Presidential Campaign and as an advisor to Senator Mc Cain’s Presidential Campaign on Jewish Affairs.  


Chairman Broxmeyer considers himself an authority on Israeli security issues.  He frequently conducts informational forums for U.S. law enforcement officials providing them with the most up-to-date intelligence gathered from all over the world.  In June 2006 Chairman Broxmeyer hosted his fifth seminar of U.S. federal, and state law enforcement officials and Israeli officials from intelligence and security services in New York.  He has led several law enforcement delegations as part of JINSA’s Law Enforcement Exchange Program (LEEP) to Israel to meet with Israeli police and intelligence officials to discuss ideas for identifying threats in the U.S.  The LEEP program has facilitated a JINSA support network among high level law enforcement officials throughout the U.S. with ties to the Israeli intelligence and security services.[15]    


JINSA Directors, Board Members and Officers Serving in the Pentagon

Bryen, Wolfowitz, Perle & Feith


Dr. Stephen D. Bryen

In the mid-1970’s, Dr. Stephen Bryen created strong Israeli ties with the U.S. defense community as a co- founder and Executive Director of Jewish Institute National Security Affairs (JINSA).  During the same period, 1975-1979, Bryen served both as a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as the Staff Director of its Near East Subcommittee. In his Senate position he was responsible for foreign assistance legislation associated with the State Department’s authorization authority under the Case Act (PL 92-403), better known as the Arms Export Control Act.[16]  


In April 1979, Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice, Robert Keuch and John Davitt, Chief of the Justice Departments Internal Security Division  recommended in writing that Dr. Bryen under-go a grand jury hearing to establish the basis for a prosecution against him for espionage.  The evidence that had been gathered by the FBI against Dr. Bryen was that he (Bryen) had been overheard in the coffee shop of the Madison Hotel Washington D.C., offering classified documents to an official of the Israeli Embassy in the presence of the Director of the American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC).  The Justice Department determined that the Israeli Embassy official in question was Zvi Rafiah, the Mossad station chief in Washington.  The FBI also had testimony from a second person, a staff member of the Foreign Relations Committee who said that she witnessed Dr. Bryen in his Senate office sharing classified documents with the same Mossad station Chief Zvi Rafiah.  What was also revealed was that Dr. Bryen’s fingerprints were found on specific classified documents that he (Bryen) had stated in writing to the FBI, that he had never had in his possession.  Dr. Bryen was asked to resign from his Senate Foreign Relations Committee Post shortly before the investigation was concluded in late 1979.   For the next year and half he served once again as Executive Director of JINSA, provided consulting services to AIPAC and the pro Israeli hard line group, the Center for Security Policy (CSP), an organization his colleague and co-founder of JINSA, Michael Ledeen founded.[17] 


In April 1981, the FBI received an application by the Defense Department for a Top Secret security clearance for Dr. Bryen.  Richard Perle, a former JINSA officer and colleague to Dr. Bryen had just been nominated by President Ronald Reagan to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security.  Perle wanted Stephen Bryen as his Deputy Under Secretary of Defense and within six months Bryen received both Top Secret / SCI (sensitive compartmented information) and Top Secret NATO / Cosmic clearances.[18]


By the fall of 1981 Stephen Bryen became Deputy Under Secretary to Richard Perle.  Recently confirmed as Assistant Secretary under Ronald Reagan, Perle placed Bryen in charge of a highly sensitive position at the Pentagon, that of regulating the transfer of U.S. military technology to foreign countries.  It was during these first years of Ronald Reagan’s presidency that annual U.S. economic and military aid to Israel reached 1.2 billion and 1.8 billion respectively.  Bryen’s responsibility was to decide not only what U.S. weaponry Israel would be allowed to purchase with the funding, but also what sensitive U.S. military technology would be made available to Israel to copy and then sell as part of its growing global arms export industry.   In this  position Bryen founded the “watchdog” Defense Technology Security Administration, which according to a 2005 Pentagon directive was established to “administer, consistent with U.S. policy, national security objectives, and Federal laws and regulations, the development and implementation of Department of Defense technology, security policies on international transfer of defense related goods, services, and technologies to ensure that critical U.S. military technological advantages are preserved; transfers that could prove detrimental to U.S. security interests are controlled and limited”[19] 

In early 1988, Israel was in the final stages of development of a prototype of its ground based Arrow anti–ballistic missile.  One element that the program lacked, prior, to completion, was “klystrons”.  Klystrons are small microwave amplifiers that were critical components in the missile’s high frequency radar based target acquisition system which locks on to incoming missiles.  Klystrons were among the most advanced missile components in American weapons research and their export was strictly proscribed.  The DOD office involved in control of defense technology exports was Dr. Bryen’s Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA).


In May of 1988, knowing full well the sensitivity of exporting klystrons, Bryen sent a request to Richard Levine, a Navy tech transfer official informing him of DTSA’s intent to approve a license for Varian Associates Inc., a high tech company in Beverly Massachusetts, to export to Israel four klystrons.  Dr. Bryen had bypassed the Pentagon’s tech transfer offices of the Army and Air Force, sending the request to the State Department’s office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (ISA) for approval.  Deputy Secretary of the Department of State, Richard Armitage sent a memorandum to Dr. Bryen stating that the State Department which issues export licenses should be informed of information concerning DOD’s negative reaction to the export of klystrons to Israel prior to filing for DTSA’s export application.  Armitage was fully aware of numerous instances where Israeli companies subsequently exported copies of U.S. derived weapons and technology to third country customers and governments.  Bryen withdrew the license request.[20] 


Bryen and the China Commission 

In May 1997, Defense Week reported that the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence reaffirmed that U.S. derived technology from the cancelled (Israeli) Lavi fighter project was being used on China’s new F10 fighter.  Jane’s Intelligence Review in issue, 11/01/98, reported the transfer of U.S. state-of- the- art electronics technology by Israel to China of the Phalcon airborne early warning and control system.  Concern about the continuing transfer of advanced U.S. arms technology to the growing Chinese military program led, in the last months of the Clinton Administration, to the creation of a Congressional consultative body called the United States – China Economic and Security Review Commission.  The purpose of the “China Commission” is to monitor, investigate and report to Congress on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the U.S. and the Peoples Republic of China.   The Commission is also charged to watch for “back door technology leaks”; the patterns of trade and transfers through third countries such as Israel. 


In the new Bush Administration Dr. Stephen Bryen found his way to the China Economic and Security Review Commission.  In April 2001, with the support of Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Bryen was appointed a member of the Commission by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert.  Bryen’s appointment was extended to December 2005.  When informed that Bryen had been appointed to the China Commission, a senior FBI counter-intelligence official said “my god that must mean that he has a “Q” clearance approved by the Department of Energy.  “Q” is the designation for a Top Secret clearance to access nuclear technology.[21]


One might wonder how knowledge of  Dr. Bryen’s security history enabled him to be approved for second and third security clearances at the TS/SCI level and to return to the Department of Defense at the Pentagon and the Congress in highly classified positions. It was reported in the media that from the early 1970’s up to 2001, Dr. Bryen repeatedly had the support of his fellow JINSA cohorts Messrs. Paul Wolfowitz, Chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board, Richard Perle, Deputy Defense Secretary, and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Douglas Feith.


Paul D. Wolfowitz

In 1973, Paul Wolfowitz was recruited to work for the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) at the U.S. Department of State.  He brought to ACDA a strong attachment to Israel’s security.  In 1978 Wolfowitz was investigated by FBI for providing a classified document on the proposed sale of U.S. weapons to an Arab government to an Israeli Government official through an AIPAC intermediary.  An inquiry was launched and dropped, no reason.[22] 


In 1990, after a decade of work at the State Department, Paul Wolfowitz was brought to DOD by Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney, the 1991 recipient of the JINSA Henry “Scoop” Jackson Award, as Undersecretary of Defense Policy with major responsibilities for the reshaping of U.S. military strategy and policy at the end of the cold war. 


In 1992 during the first Bush Administration, a broad interdepartmental investigation into the export of classified technology to China was launched.  Of particular concern at the time was the transfer to China by Israel of U.S. Patriot missiles and the technology.  The Pentagon investigation also discovered that Wolfowitz’s office was promoting the export to Israel of advanced AIM-9M air to air missiles.  Aware that Israel had already been caught selling the earlier version of the AIM-9L missile to China in violation of written agreements with the U.S. on arms re-sales, the Joint Chiefs put the brakes on.  Colin Powell, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff intervened to cancel the proposed  AIM-M deal.[23]


Paul Wolfowitz sat out the Clinton years working on a number of pro Israel think tanks   including JINSA.  In early 2001,Wolfowitz was picked  again  as Donald Rumsfeld’s Deputy Secretary at DOD.  He left in 2003.


Richard Perle

In the 1970’s Richard Perle helped to establish two pro Israel think tanks, the Center for Security Policy (CSP) and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).  In 1970 an FBI wiretap authorized for the Israeli Embassy, picked up a conversation by Richard Perle speaking to an Israeli Embassy official discussing classified information which (Perle) in the conversation said to his listener had come from a staff member on the National Security Council.  An NSC / FBI investigation found that the NSC staff member was Helmut Sonnenfelt.  Sonnenfelt had been investigated in 1967 while a staff member of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.  Sonnenfelt was suspected of unauthorized transmission of official documents to an Israeli Government official.  The documents concerned the commencement of the 1967 war in the Middle East.  Nothing came of the incident.


From 1981-1987 Richard Perle was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.  In 1981, shortly before being appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy (ISP) with responsibility for monitoring of U.S. defense technology exports, Richard Perle worked for the Isreali Arms Manufacturer Soltam Ltd., reportedly arranging various deals with the Pentagon.  In 1983, newspapers reported that Perle had received substantial payments to represent the interests of an Israeli weapons company.  Perle denied any conflict of interest saying that although he received payment for those services after assuming his ISP position at the Defense Department he had rendered the services previously while an employee of Soltam Ltd.  Yet shortly after assuming his ISP post Perle wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Army urging evaluation and purchase of 155mm shells manufactured by Soltam Ltd, and after leaving the ISP job in 1987 Perle went to work for Soltam.   Richard Perle resigned in March, 2003, as Chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board.  Richard Perle is now a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and an executive in JINSA.  



Douglas Feith

In March of 1972, Douglas Feith was a Middle East Specialist and analyst in the Near East and South Asian Affairs section of the National Security Council.  Feith was fired because he had been the object of an inquiry into whether he had provided classified material to an official of the Israeli Embassy in Washington.  In 1981 Feith got a job at the Pentagon working for Richard Perle, Assistant Secretary International Security Policy (ISP) as Perle’s Special Council and Deputy and moved up in 1982 and became Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy until 1986.   During the Clinton administration he “sat out” and formed a small influential law firm based in Israel. He too continued his relationship with JINSA and other conservative pro-Israel think tanks.


Feith ardently supports Israel’s right wing Likud party, especially its Likud icons, Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu.  In 1997 Douglas Feith was honored for service to Israel and the Jewish people by the pro Likud - Zionist Organization of America at its 100th Anniversary Banquet.[24]


In July, 2001, Douglas Faith returned to the Pentagon as a Bush appointee to serve as  Donald Rumsfeld’s  Undersecretary for Policy, the third most senior position in the  Department of Defense.  Feith’s view of technology cooperation with Israel had not changed since 1992 when he expressed in a Commentary magazine article, “it is in the interest of U.S. and Israel to remove needless impediments to technological cooperation between them.  Technologies in the hands of responsible friendly countries like Israel serve to deter aggression, enhance regional stability, and promote peace thereby”[25] 


In January 2005, Douglas Feith left his post as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and is currently a Director of the Center for Security Policy and continues his JINSA affiliations.  In 1992 he was Vice President of the Advisory Board of JINSA.



The question is… has JINSA successfully crocheted itself into U.S. military operations and strategic planning for the 21st Century?  Do many of its activities constitute or qualify as serious breaches of U.S. national security on several levels?  JINSA, through its partnerships, has had access to classified facilities and conversations that have allowed persons with “no need or reason to know” access to the most sensitive levels of U.S. Government business. 


Will the very nature of JINSA’s activities continue to enable the organization to effectively network the inner circles of the U.S. defense establishment?  Will this embolden a more confident Israel to spy with impunity on its closest ally, the U.S., in the future?   Do Israeli military and intelligence services see JINSA as a conduit to recruit Americans to spy or pass sensitive information unwittingly or deliberately, thus providing Israel a high level of intelligence capability that nullifies U.S. military intelligence structures and operations in the 21st century? 


In U.S. history many individuals with strong attachment to foreign countries have served the U.S. Government with honor and distinction and I am sure many more will do so in the future. The highest elected officials and staff members in our executive and legislative branches must do their due diligence to effectively strengthen, through law, the way we investigate the backgrounds of individuals selected for high level appointments involving sensitive national security matters.  Appointees should be vetted to ascertain if their past histories have demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice U.S. national security interests for those of another country. 


The individuals mentioned in this paper represent the most nefarious of individuals in the current Bush administration who have been suspected of having intentions not in the best interest of the U.S.  While professing to work for the internal security of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic they are suspect in having placed other priorities before the internal security of the U.S. 


JINSA’s program with Flag and General officers discussed above has paid dividends.  JINSA Advisory Board Members with defense industry backgrounds and affiliations  have been involved in military contracts with Israel.  Leon Edney, Admiral David Jeremiah (Ret), and Charles May, all retired U.S. military officers currently on the JINSA Advisory Board have been and continue to be consultants to Northrop Grumman in its aircraft dealings with Israel.  Other JINSA Advisory Board members, LTG. Paul G.Cerjan, and General Carlisle Trost have worked for Lockheed Martin which sold F16 flight simulators and rocket systems to Israel.  Trost also serves as a member of the Board of General Dynamics whose subsidiary Gulfstream has a 206 million contract with the Pentagon.


There are dangers and pitfalls for U.S. military and congressional leaders who are exposed to the proactive educational and joint partnering programs that are at JINSA’s core.  By accepting as credible the information and rhetoric espoused by JINSA as well as the actions of its leadership who continuously force-fit the JINSA institutional agenda to meet preconceived notions of how the U.S.- Israeli military relationship should be structured, our best and brightest Generals and Admirals, affiliated with JINSA, may be tipping their hand in the most serious poker game of the 21st Century.[26]  Yet though Israel’s military partnership with JINSA may seem, on the surface, to have placed Israel inside the U.S. defense and intelligence establishment, perhaps it is the reverse…. that JINSA is inside the Israeli establishment providing intelligence to U.S. agencies……






Advisory Board JINSA Online


Douglas Feith Profile - Political Research Associates  May 09, 2007


“Empire Builders –Neo conservatives and Their Blueprint for U.S. Power

Key Figures,” The Christian Science Monitor, June 2005,


Finmeccanica North America On Line,


Jason Vest, “The Men From JINSA and CSP,” The Nation, September 2, 2002 p16


Jennifer E. Sims, “Foreign Intelligence Liaison: Devils Deals and Details,”

International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 195-217, 2006


“Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs,”  International Relations Center, May 24, 2007,


Jim Lobe, “Spy Probe Scans Neo-Con-Israel Ties,”

Inter Press Service, September 1, 2004,


JINSA On Line Agenda


JINSA On Line Leaders


Mark Milstein Strategic Ties or Tentacles “ Washington Report on Middle East Affairs October 1991.


Michael Lind, “The Weird Men Behind George W. Bush’s War,”

New Statesman, April 7, 2003, ints/nc-lind.html


Michael Piper Collins, “Israel Lobby Says Pentagon Infiltrated

Hostility to Zionism Seen as Major Threat,” American Free Press, November 20, 2006


Michele Steinberg, “Rumsfeld’s Feith and Bum Corps: What is Defense Policy Board?,”

Executive Intelligence Review, August 30, 2002


Middle East “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy 

John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt Faculty Research Working Paper No. RWP06-011, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 82, 2006

Richard H.Curtiss, “The Pentagon’s Dynamic Duo: Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz,”

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, April 2003,


“Stephen Bryen,” International Relations Center,


Stephen Green, “Serving Two Flags –Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration,”

Counter Punch, February 28, 2004,






































Attachment B


JINSA’s Flag & General Officer Advisory Board Members 2008


Lt. General Anthony Burshnick USAF (Ret.)

Lt. General Paul Cerjan USA (Ret.)

General James B. Davis USAF (Ret.)

Maj. General Lee Downer USAF (Ret.)

Maj. General Robert D. Eaglet USAF (Ret.)

Admiral Leon Edney USN (Ret.)

General John Foss USA (Ret.)

Lt. General Thomas Griffin USA (Ret.)

Lt. General Earl B. Hailston USMC (Ret.)

Admiral David Jeremiah USN (Ret.)

General Richard D. Hearney USMC (Ret.)

Admiral Jerome Johnson USN (Ret.)

V. Admiral Bernard Kauderer USN (Ret.)

V. Admiral Anthony A. Less USN (Ret.)

Maj. General Jarvis Lynch USMC (Ret.)

Lt. General Charles May USAF (Ret.)

Lt. General Frederick McCorkle USMC (Ret.)

Maj. General William C. Moore USA (Ret.)

Maj. General Robert B. Patterson USAF (Ret.)

V. Admiral James B. Perkins III USN (Ret.)

R. Admiral Norman Saunders USCG (Ret.)

Maj. General Sidney Shachnow USA (Ret.)

R. Admiral Sumner Shapiro USN(Ret.)

General Lawrence A.Skantze USAF (Ret.)

Admiral Carlisle Trost USN (Ret.)

Maj. General Larry Taylor USMCR (Ret.)

Lt. General Ted Stroup USA (Ret.)

General Louis Wagner USA (Ret.)






















[1] JINSA On Line


[2] “Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs,”  International Relations Center, May 24, 2007,


[3] Ibid.

[4] Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer in their controversial 2006 paper The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy highlighted JINSA as one of several influential policy institutes that constitute the think tank arm of the Israeli lobby.  They wrote “Over the past 25 years pro-Israel forces have established a commanding presence at the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Center for Security Policy, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Hudson Institute, the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. These think tanks are decidedly pro- Israel and include few, if any, critics of U.S. support for the Jewish State.

[5]JINSA publishes a biannual academic style publication the Journal of International Security Affairs, edited by Ilan Berman Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) and a contributing expert for the Israel based Ariel Center for Policy Research. The last publication was in 2003.  The lack of published material available on the JINSA website does not support the designation of “think tank.”


[6] JINSA operates as a 501(c) (3) non profit organization.  It claims to receive most of its funding through private donations and from 20,000 paid members.  According to Media, between 2001-2004 JINSA received nearly 8 million in gifts grants, and contributions.

[7] JINSA On Line / Agenda


[8] Ibid.

Note: The Flag and General Officers Trip in June 2006 led to a conference in December sponsored jointly by JINSA, the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University and the IDF Tactical Command College. 


[9]JINSA On Line / Agenda


[10]JINSA 2006 End of Year Report, JINSA On Line

[11] Ibid.

[12] Ibid.

Note: Sponsors / Presenters JINSA Awards

2007 – Lockheed Martin, Robert J. Stevens, Chairman, President and CEO

2006 – Rolls Royce of North America, Mike Ryan Executive V.P. Government Business

2005 –Finmeccanica North America, Dr. Stephen Bryen, President*

2004 – Rolls Royce of North America

2003 – Lockheed Martin, Brian Dailey, Senior V.P. Washington Operations

2002 – Boeing , Hon. Rudy de Leon, Senior V.P. Washington Operations Boeing


* Finmeccanica S.p.A is Italian Industrial group operating globally in aerospace, defense, and security     sectors. It is one of the worlds leading groups in the fields of helicopters and defense electronics.

[13] See attachment A

[14] JINSA 2006 End of Year Report, and JINSA On Line

Note: Author attended the 2004 awards.


[15]JINSA On Line

Note: JINSA Advisory Board Chairman is David Steinman is president of Amtek a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices in the field of aerospace and defense products.  

[16] The term “agent of a foreign government” means an individual who agrees to operate within the United States subject to direct control of a foreign government.”  U.S. Code Title 18 Part 1 Chapter 45 - 951 Agents of Foreign Governments 


[17]“Stephen Bryen,” International Relations Center, and

Stephen Green, “Serving Two Flags –Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration,” Counter Punch, February 28, 2004,


Note: Stephen Bryen and Michael Ledeen have long served together on the JINSA Board of Advisors the American Enterprise Institute, Center for Security Policy and JINSA.

[18] Ibid.

[19] Defense Technology Security Administration No. 5105, July 28, 2005)

[20] “Stephen Bryen,” International Relations Center,

[21] Stephen Green, “Serving Two Flags –Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration,”

Counter Punch, February 28, 2004,


[22] Jason Vest, “The Men From JINSA and CSP,” The Nation, September 2, 2002, p16


[23] Stephen Green, “Serving Two Flags –Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration,”

Counter Punch, February 28, 2004,



[24] “Douglas Feith Profile”, Political Research Associates  May 09, 2007


Note: Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) was founded in 1897. It was the first official Zionist organization in the U.S. that was the primary representative of political Zionism. Total membership is over 50,000.


[25] Ibid.


[26] See attachment B