1999 – 2001 : Military assistant to the Vice Chief of Defence, Bundeswehr, MoD, Bonn
2001 – 2002 : US Command and General Staff Officer Course at the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
2002 – 2004 : Chief of Staff, Mechanized Infantry Brigade 41, Torgelow
during this time 2003/ 2004 : Commander, German National Element Multinational Brigade (SW), 8th KFOR Contingent in Prizren, Kosovo
2005 – 2006 : Commander, Air Defence Battalion 12 (Gepard), Hardheim
2006 - 2008 : Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff, Army, MoD, Bonn
2008 - 2010 : Deputy SACTREPEUR, Chief of Staff and Branch Head Transformation, NATO HQ, Brussels
2010 - 2011 : Branch Chief Strategy & Policy Branch, Armed Forces Staff, MoD, Berlin
2012 – 2013 : Branch Chief, International Security Policy and Bilateral Relations Branch, Policy Department, MoD Berlin
2013 - 2014 : Commander 37th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Frankenberg
2014 : Director Security Policy, Ministry of Defence,
2015 : Director White Paper 2016 on Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr
2016 : Head Operations Directorate, Headquarters of the German Army, Strausberg
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Moshe Ya’alon served as the 17th IDF chief of staff from 2002 to 2005.
Ya’alon’s mandatory army service, which began in 1968, was in the Nahal Paratrooper Regiment. After serving as a reserve soldier in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Ya’alon returned to active duty and completed officer training.
He held several command positions in the IDF Paratroop Brigade, climbing the ranks in the IDF to serve as the head of the Military Intelligence, OC Central Command, and was appointed chief of staff on July 9, 2002.
From the end of 2005, Ya’alon spent time in Washington DC as a military fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Between 2006-2008, he was a fellow at the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies, was chairman of Beit Morasha's Center for Jewish Identity and Culture, and was president of "Shekel." He pursued advanced studies at the Command and Staff College in England, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Haifa.
Between 2009-2013 Ya'alon was the minister of foreign affairs.
Kobi Barak enlisted to the IDF in 1982 and spent most of his military career in the IDF Armored Corps, where he held numerous command positions.
In January 2010, Barak was appointed as Head of the Operations Division within the IDF Operations Directorate. In March 2012, he was promoted to a major-general and appointed as Head of the IDF Technological and Logistics Directorate.
On December 20, 2015, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon approved the decision of IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot to appoint Maj. Gen. Kobi Barak as Commander of the GOC Army Headquarters. He assumed the position on July 28, 2016.
Colonel Jim Priest was commissioned into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in April 1992. He has spent most of his Regimental duty in Germany. Following the ammunition technical officer course in 1997 he deployed to the Balkans and has since completed a further 7 operational tours. These have included service in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan; the latter as a UN staff planner during the earthquake relief efforts in 2005.
More recently he served at the Permanent Joint Headquarters as the principal J4 desk officer for Operation TELIC, where he was involved in the redeployment planning of UK forces and was awarded the MBE. He later became the Military Assistant to the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Strategy & Plans) within the MOD, who led the military element of the Strategic Defence and Security Review. On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in February 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan as the SO1 J3/5, HQ Joint Force Support. In early 2012 he assumed the appointment of SO1 (Organisation) Plans at Army HQ where he was responsible for developing the Army’s Regular Basing proposition.
He assumed command of 6 Regiment RLC in July 2013, overseeing its reorganisation in line with Army transformation measures and support to a series of NATO high readiness commitments. On promotion to Colonel in 2015, he deployed to Afghanistan as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff J5, HQ Resolute Support. In August 2016 he became Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Operational Support, Headquarters Field Army, responsible for the provision of combat service support to operations and contingencies.
Although his enthusiasm outstrips his abilities, he enjoys most sports, including football, rugby, biathlon, cross-country running and swimming.
Brigadier Simon Hutchings assumed his current post as Commander 104 Logistic Support Brigade in Sep 15. The Brigade provides the UK’s specialist land theatre enabling capability.
He was commissioned in 1990. Early regimental duty appointments included service in Germany, Northern Ireland and the UK, including a tour with the Commando Logistic Regiment RM. Highs included deploying to the Kosovo/Albania border (Op SPOONER) with the Allied Commander Europe Mobile Force (Land) and qualifying as an arctic warfare instructor.
A tour on the general staff of HQ 3rd (United Kingdom) Division preceded his appointment as the DCOS 1 Mechanised Brigade. The Brigade was exercised in Canada in 2003 and deployed to Iraq in 2004 on Op TELIC 4. A subsequent tour to Iraq in 2007 on Op TELIC 10 was in command of the sub-unit responsible for the operational stocks. On promotion to OF4 he was posted as the SO1 Land within the MOD Operations Directorate (previously Directorate of Joint Commitments).
He took command of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC in August 2009. Highlights included the UK’s response to the Haitian Earthquake and deploying the C2 portion of the Regiment to Afghanistan as the Theatre Logistic Group for Op HERRICK 13. OF5 appointments from 2011-15 were as the Assistant Director Logistic Policy and Plans in Army HQ and the Assistant Head, Defence Support Chain and Operational Movements in the DE&S.
Operational experience includes tours of Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He attended ACSC 6 in 2003 and HCSC in 2013. Awards include the MBE in 2004 and OBE in 2011. He has an MA in Defence Technology from Canfield University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Martin Moore was educated at Tiffin Grammar School, Kingston-Upon-Thames and at Cranfield University. He holds Masters level degrees in Defence Logistic Management and International Studies, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management. He joined the Army back in 1988 and was commissioned into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (which formed into the Royal Logistic Corps in 1993). His career has seen him command at every level from troop to brigade. He was awarded a CBE for his tour as Commander Joint Force Support (Afghanistan) in 2014, when he planned the UK drawdown and redeployment effort from Southern Afghanistan. He is a mainstream ‘Loggie’, who has served in a multitude of staff positions, including Deputy Chief of Staff of a brigade and armoured division. For two years, he went ‘off piste’ and served as the Military Assistant to the UK Military Representative to NATO and the EU. Today, Martin is the Head of CSS Capability in Army Headquarters. He has been in post since January 2015. His portfolio ranges from setting the requirements for future CSS capabilities to designing the CSS structure within the A2020 Refine programme. He is also the Capability Sponsor for the Multi-Role Vehicle – Protected (MRV-P).
Martin is married to Karen, who is a practising Health Visitor. They have two children, Ellie (15) and Freddie (11), both of whom are at boarding school in the South of England. In his spare time, he provides a taxi service for his children at weekends and follows the ‘Sky Blues’ who stress him out annually by narrowly avoiding relegation from Division One! As well as Vice Chairman AWSA, he is President of Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Rugby and Shooting, and is Vice Chairman of the RLC Foundation.
Barbara Opall-Rome is a 29-year veteran of Defense News, a leading international trade publication specializing in the business and politics of defense.
She founded the Israel bureau in 1999 after more than a decade at headquarters in the Washington, DC area where she focused on air warfare, missile defense, the global arms trade and US-Israel strategic cooperation.
Opall-Rome is Executive Editor and host of Strictly Security, a weekly television show on i24News focused on defense, technology and strategic affairs.
She is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC.
BG. (Ret.) Amnon Sofrin (born on December 1954) has served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) from 1973 to 2003.
His last assignment with the IDF has been Chief Combat Intelligence Corps, which he established and commanded for 3.5 years and retired as a Brigadier General.
After retiring from the IDF, BG. Sofrin was assigned to a senior position within Israel's Security apparatus as Head of Intelligence Directorate until 2008.
Brig. General Amnon Sofrin has a BA in Political Science from Tel Aviv University and a MA in Political Science & Security Studies at Haifa University (1993). He is working on his PhD thesis at the Hebrew University (in Jerusalem)
Brig. General Sofrin is consulting in the area of Intelligence & Homeland Security Projects (including critical sites protection and borders protection worldwide).
Mr. Ehud Gal is the CTO and President of General Robotics Ltd. http://www.glrobotics.com
General Robotics is engaged in the research, development, and manufacturing of advanced robotic platforms for the Defense and Homeland Security markets.
Mr. Gal whose career spans a variety of R&D roles, including the Scientific Deputy to the Head of the Defense Directorate for R&D (DDR&D).
Mr. Gal retired from the IDF in the rank of a Colonel. His last position in the IDF was the Scientific Deputy to the Head of DDR&D (Defense Directorate for R&D). Mr. Gal holds a B.Sc. from Technion and an M.A. from the National Security College.
Mr. Gal filed for 36 patent applications related to innovative robotics systems, computer vision, and Omni directional optics.
Education: Executive M.B.A., Bar-Ilan University (06); LL.B., The Faculty of Law, the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem (91); Graduate of the Advanced Operations Course.
Current Positions: Chairman of Board of Directors, Israel Electric Corporation Ltd.
Past Positions: Chairman of the Board, Israel Ports Development and Assets Company (IPC) (07-10);
Chairman & CEO, R-Ticam Ltd. - Investment & Consultancy Management (06-10); Commander, IDF
Ground Forces (01-05).
Membership: Israel Bar Association (94).
Military Rank: Major General (Res.).
Gen Yachin retired from the IDF in 2003 after a service of 32 years. His last duties were Chief of Military R&D and (acting) Director of Research and Development for the MOD.
Since retirement Yachin was involved in technology areas especially in the Defense sector.
Yachin served as Chief Coordinator for all Land Systems activities in Israel Aerospace Industries and as a chairperson of G-nius land robotics.
Gen Yachin is an armor officer and served in several command positions up to a tank battalion commander in the Barak brigade
Gen Yachin is a decorated armor officer (1973 war, Golan Heights) and a winner of "Israel Defense Award" (1990).
Yachin is a bachelor of mechanical engineering (B.Sc.), Tel Aviv University, 1979.
Shmuel Yachin is married to Zehava and a father to two sons and a daughter, Boaz, Saar and Anat.
Shmuel is living in Oranit.
Born in 1951, Major General (Res.) Amos Gilad serves as the current Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs at the Ministry of Defense and Chair of the Security Relations with Regional and Strategic Partners in Israel. Prior to these positions, General Gilad held several positions within the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) before he was discharged with the rank of Major General in July 2003. From 2001 to 2003, and again from 2008 to 2009 General Gilad worked as the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. Prior to that, General Gilad served as the Head of the Military Intelligence Research Division, and was responsible for the overall National Intelligence Assessment from 1996 to 2001. General Gilad served as an IDF Spokesman from 1994-1996, and acting Military Secretary of the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister from 1993 to 1994. Prior to those positions, General Gilad served as a senior member of the Israeli Delegation to the Peace Talks from 1992 to 1993, and worked on various assignments within IDF Military Intelligence from 1973 to 1992. General Gilad received two awards from the American Defense Establishment “Legion of Merits” and the Defense Intelligence Agency Director’s Award. General Gilad holds an M.A. in Political Science and National Security Studies from Haifa University in conjunction with the National Security College.
Dr. David Zarrouk is currently a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Mechanical Engineering department of the Ben Gurion University.
He received Ph.D degree (2011) from the Technion and between Aug. 2011 and Oct. 2013, he was postdoctoral scholar at U.C. Berkeley, working on miniature crawling robots.
His research interests are in the fields of miniature robotics, flexible and slippery interactions, underactuated mechanisms and theoretical kinematics.
He received many prizes for excellence in research, innovation and teaching, which include a Fulbright postdoctoral Fellowship, Fulbright-Ilan Ramon postdoctoral Fellowship, Hershel Rich Innovation award, and Alfred and Yehuda Weisman prize for consistent excellence in teaching.
PHD Thesis deals with Border Security - counter terrorism cooperation - Between hostile countries - Tel Aviv University (2002 )
During the years 2008-2016 wrote 86 articles discussing military and security. Addressing Border security, counter guerilla/terror in an urban environment.
Last Assignment: Special Advisor to the Israeli Chief of Staff and the Central Command HQ on Oslo-mandated redeployment in the West Bank ("OSLO-B")
Active participation in 5 wars and numerous special operations.
Proactive as part of response team in numerous terrorist attacks.
Currently holds a senior reserve position.
since August 1998 working as Security operative Researcher with Sandia National Laboratories (NM), Department of Defense, US Government.
The subject researched is Military "Cooperation between hostile countries regarding border-security management and counter terrorism".
Expert in national security and military cooperation between states.
Currently working on a project pertaining to cooperation between hostile countries with common borders dealing with guerilla/terrorist activity, in order to create innovative solutions for these disputes.
Expert on counter guerilla/terrorist warfare in the Middle East and the global arena, Involved with anti terrorism and anti guerilla programs pertaining to Middle East-Asia-Africa-EU Leading development of training for soldiers and commanders in combat environments of uncertainty and disorder.
Expert in H.L. S and crisis management.
Major General (Ret.) Giora Romm brings a wealth of experience to UVision in command, management, administration and diplomacy - in the military, civil and public sectors. Maj. Gen. Romm’s career in the Israeli Air Force spanned thirty three years. He served as commander of two large Air Force bases, Head of Operations at the General Staff, Deputy Commander of the Israeli Air Force and, finally, Defense Attaché to the United States. M.G. (Ret.) Romm retired from the Air Force in 1996 and has since held several positions before joining UVision. He was appointed the first Director General of the Ministry of National Infrastructure, Director General of the Jewish Agency & was appointed as Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority. Giora Romm holds a BA in Economics & Political Science from Bar Ilan University and an MBA from UCLA. His book "Tsivoni 4" & Solitary" were published at 2008
Brigadier General Avigdor Klein is the owner of AVIGDOR K. ENGINEERING SYSTEMS Ltd Company, established in 2004.
Brigadier General joined the Armored Corps in 1973 as a private soldier and took part in multiple wars and operations. During his service, Brigadier General Klein carried out a line of key positions in the IDF, including Chief of the Israeli Armored Corps, and was a full active partner in the development of the "MERKAVA" Tanks project.
Upon retirement from the IDF in 2004, Brigadier General Klein joined the Reserve Army and was nominated as Chief of Staff of the Northern Corps in reserves.
Erez Peled was appointed as Vice President Marketing and Business development – Elbit Land and C4I in August 2013.
From 2003 until his current appointment he has held various management positions in Elbit Systems Group, including Vice President Business Development and Programs – Elbit Systems of Canada and President and CEO of G-NIUS Unmanned Ground Systems – A company of Elbit Systems. He has HHe has Joined Elbit Systems in 1997.
Prior to that, he served as an artillery officer in the IDF, where he holds the rank of Colonel (reserves).
Erez Peled holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion and Master of Science in Management degree from Polytechnic University New York.
Over 25 years of experience in the field of HLS & Defense technology . An expert in Business Bridging between operational gaps with innovative and combat proven solutions.
Discharged with honors from the Army where he served as the Head of Combat Weapons System Division , leading R&D and procurement projects. Was Senior VP at Aeronautics, and these days serves as HLS Director at ‘Peres & Associates’.
The Founder of the SOSA HLS Innovation Zone An Innovation Hub for Startups and Corporations