Program Oveview

ASL Fellows participate in a series of special activities. The activities are arranged and led by the ASL Program Coordinator. The activities generally consist of two events per month; one discussion meeting and one field trip. The field trip often should involve interactions with the Israeli Defence Forces or the Israeli intelligence and security agencies. Examples of the field trips include the following:

  • Orientation tour involving a discussion of the regional security situation
  • Visit to an army base at which a combat unit is stationed (get brief history of the IDF during ride to base)
  • Visit to an air force base involving UAV activities
  • Visit to a navy base
  • Battlefield walk ("staff ride" learning experience)
  • Visit to the security fence and a checkpoint to learn operations/procedures
  • Visit to the northern border area with two officers who fought on the terrain in two different battles
  • Familiarization training with IDF small arms and tour of officer training program
  • Visit to the Latrun military museum to learn about combined arms operations
  • Visit to the West Bank to learn about the Palestinian situation and point of view, and
  • Meeting with officers and soldiers involved with Israel's equivalent of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to discuss internal (non-border) security operations.

Each class of Fellows is expected to prepare a report containing text and pictures describing their activities, with particular emphasis on the field work. Each year, the Foundation posts those reports on this website. VIEW THE REPORTS.

Tour of the Negev > April, 2011

"Our trip through the Negev was great. We visited two bases, spoke with several soldiers and discussed security issues with civilians. The Q&A with the Nahal soldiers and the lecture at Bahad 1 were particular highlights."

IDF Armored Corps Museum > December, 2010

"This site visit was an incredibly valuable experience, as it functioned both to introduce us to key aspects of Israeli military history and to convey many more subtle points concerning the IDF’s priorities and concerns."

Regavim Golani Brigade Training Base > January, 2010

"Regavim is the training base for one of the most elite forces in the IDF. Here we saw Israeli soldiers undergo their weekly gear inspection and were able to see for ourselves their weapons and supplies, including the Tavor assault rifle."

Sizing Up Israel


Israel is about the size of New Jersey. The country measures 263 miles from north to south and 71 miles east to west at its widest point. The three main cities are Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. All three are located in the northern half of the country. The main city in the southern half is Beer Sheva. The city at the southern tip of the country is Eilat. The total population is around eight million.