When the Academy Met the IAF When the Academy Met the IAF When the Academy Met the IAF When the Academy Met the IAF Three Professors, four Doctors one orchestra conductor and numerous IAF Officers gathered in one room. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, but far from it, what a truly rare assembly. One question does come to mind, what do all the participants have in common?

The gathering of both the IAF and the Academy occurs every year and is a part of the “Project of developing creative thinking for operational solutions”. This is the seventh year where the masterminds of Israel come together and have a day long discussion about a certain topic. No one is there to teach the others, their only goal is to share knowledge. In previous years many topics were chosen: Nanotechnology, uncertain decision making, genetics and more. This year the chosen subject was: “Modern Days Strategies”.

Professor Moti Hevion and his wife Doctor Shlomit are the initiators of the project. The couple is linked to the IAF in many forms, as Brigadier General Ilan Boger commander of the Human Resources formation stated. Their son, Ofer passed away during his service in the IAF. During the introduction, the Hevion couple mentioned the significance of the gathering which is crucial for operational solutions and solving issues within the Force. Amongst the crowd, aside from IAF officials, Academy people, protégés of Talpiot program who paid extra attention to the lecturer’s slid shows and many other young officers of the IAF honors program.

Am I Wrong for Thinking?
If the numerous thrilling lectures will be crammed into only a few words that will surly be a shame. Dr. Haim Shapira lectured about decision making and recommended the audience to think before making a decision after explaining “if you’re thinking you must be wrong”.
Dr. Yoav Mints a surgeon from “Hadasa Ein Carem” Hospital demonstrated how you can almost do magic with a bit of long term thinking and creativity. With the help of plastic props he explained the difference between past, present and future surgeries, a subject that affects human life as we know it.
Professor Dan Shechtman who won Chemistry Noble Prize in 2011 enlightened the crowd with the story about receiving the prize. He also told them about the development of the Quasicrystal which seemed as if the only people who understood it were protégés of Talpiot Program, the rest respectfully nodded. The Noble Prize winner mostly emphasized the importance of teaching science in kindergarten.
Mr. Ephraim Halevy, formally the Head of the ‘Mossad’ lectured about what it was like making decisions as a key player of the government. He discussed the thin line between Military, Defense, State, and government.

Commander VS. Conductor
Towards the end of the day, a different kind of leader stepped onto the stage. An orchestra conductor , Maestro Itay Telgum, shifted the crowd’s attention to famous conductors across the world who can lead entire orchestra into perfect harmony with only a wave of their hand. Many of the participants could identify with its position and compared it to their commanding jobs, since any challenge required a leader.
Professor Stanley Fisher, Governor of the Israeli Bank, discussed the various lessons learned from the troubling financial issues of the past few years and joined financial strategies with advanced thinking. The last lecture was given by Major General (res.) Amos Gilad who talked about creative strategies along history lines.
The Commander of the IAF concluded the day with a short conversation: “We have to have the best technological qualities. I believe in technology but in the end of the day, Israel is ruled by human assets”, said Commander of the IAF Ido Nehoshtan. “Israel is the fourth country in the world with high quality defense manufacturing, which is examined in combat conditions and in the battle field. We have to maintain this ability even if our economical statues aren’t high; it’s a basic part of our intimidating and ruling factor. When we live in times of uncertainty we have to keep up our game which is based on quality, intelligence and force. I believe that a flexible, versatile, and adaptable force is the name of the game and so is the IAF”.