ATbar Hirsch, Gal (Brig. Gen. Res.)

Hirsch, Gal (Brig. Gen. Res.)

Associate, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel

Brigadier General (Res.) Gal Hirsch is the Deputy Commander (Active Reserve) of the IDF's Depth Command, as well as the Founder and Chairman of Defensive-Shield Holdings Ltd. He has served in various commanding positions in Anti-Terror, Commando and paratroopers units and is experienced within the fields of Counter Terrorism, Counter Insurgency and Guerilla warfare.  

BG Hirsch Commanded the 91st division, responsible for Israel’s northern border, (2005-2007). He commanded the IDF’s Officers Academy (2003-2005). Served as Chief of Operations at IDF's Central Command (J-3), and led all IDF’s counter- terror activities during that turbulent period (1997-2003). He was badly injured by terrorists ambush while serving as Chief of operations of Central Combat Regional Division (G-3), recovered 12 month in hospital and returned to command the Regional, multi forces (Benjamin) Brigade. 

Before that he served as Commander of the Elite Air Force Unit “Shaldag”-“Kingfisher” (1993-1996). During 1982-1994 he served as NCO and a Fighting Trooper within the Paratroopers Reconnaissance Unit, in which he had also various commanding roles (1984-1993), includes platoon leader, company commander and paratrooper's battalion commander. He graduated from Bar-Ilan University, receiving a BA in Mid-Eastern studies (with honors), and holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University. 

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The Fourth Wave and the "Extra" Forces

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Other Boots on the Ground

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The Sixth Dimension has Taken Off


The next Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) will consist of C6ISR formations, argues Brig. Gen. (Res.) Gal Hirsch in a unique, ground-breaking article. The sixth C stands for Commando - How is this associated with new age warfare?

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