(1951 - )
Amos Yadlin is a retired Israeli
Air Force (IAF) deputy commander, previously director of the Shin Bet and current director of Tel Aviv University’s
Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).
Yadlin served in the Israel
Defense Forces (IDF) for forty years, ten of which he was a member
of the IDF general staff. From 2006-2010 he was the IDF’s Chief of Defense
Intelligence. From 2004-2006, he served as the IDF attaché to the United States,
and in February 2002 he earned the rank of major general and was named
commander of the IDF Military Colleges and the National Defense College.
Yadlin earned his B.A. in economics and business administration
from Ben-Gurion University
of the Negev in 1985, and holds a master’s degree in public
administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University, which he received in 1994.
Yadlin is a former deputy commander of the IAF and has commanded two fighter squadrons and two airbases. He served
as Head of IAF Planning Department from 1990-1993, and accumulated approximately 5,000
flight hours and flew over 250 combat missions behind enemy lines. He
participated in the Yom
Kippur War in 1973, Operation
Peace for Galilee in 1982, and Operation
Opera, Israel’s successful destruction of the Osirak nuclear
reactor in Iraq in 1981.
Before being appointed as Director of INSS in November
2011, Yadlin joined the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as
the Kay Fellow on Israeli national security. Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin
has written about national security, force development, intelligence,
civil-military relations, and the military ethics of fighting terror.