Lt Gen Orit Adato

Retired Israeli army Lt. Gen. Orit Adato
addresses the Program on Terrorism
and Security Studies March 7. Ms. Adato
talked about prison culture and how
radical behavior can develop within that

Photo: Jason Tudor

By Jason Tudor
GCMC Public Affairs

(Editor’s Note: Mr. Tudor is traveling with the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies field studies trip March 5-11 in Israel. Students and many lecturers cannot be identified due to the nature of their professions. Mr. Tudor is also blogging the experience on the GCMC blog.)

TEL AVIV, Israel – Counter-terrorism, a discussion of prison culture and first-hand experiences in battle led off the first day of lecture’s for the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies field studies trip to Israel March 7.

Better than 80 students from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies heard better than nine hours of lectures from a range of experts including former Israeli army commanders, intelligence officers and members of government. The lectures are part of a week-long visit. They have already visited Jerusalem and Latrun.

Dr. Jay Le Beau, the trip leader and an instructor at the Marshall Center, said everything has gone according to plan and the remainder of the week will only be better.

“Our folks have done an exemplary job ensuring all 80 students have what they need, and the support we’ve received from our friends here has been nothing short of fantastic,” he said. “Given the subject matter, these security and counter-terrorism professionals are receiving a fantastic opportunity to broaden their skills.”

The lecturers March 7 included counter-terrorism expert Boaz Ganor, Dr Eitan Azani, retired Israeli army Lt. Gen. Orit Adato and Avi Dichter, a member of the Israeli Knesset.

The remainder of the trips will include visits to spots of interest across Israel as well as continued discussion of security and counter-terrorism.

The Program on Terrorism and Security Studies addresses numerous aspects of a threat that confronts nations around the globe. The five-week course is designed for military officers, government officials and police administrators currently working in mid- and upper-level management positions of counterterrorism organizations throughout the world.

PTSS is divided into an introductory segment and five modules: a historical and theoretical overview of terrorism, the vulnerabilities of terror groups, the role of law, the financing of terrorism, and security cooperation.