Director Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS), The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel
Born in 1951, Major General (Res.) Amos Gilad serves as the current Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs at the Ministry of Defense and Chair of the Security Relations with Regional and Strategic Partners in Israel. Prior to these positions, General Gilad held several positions within the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) before he was discharged with the rank of Major General in July 2003. From 2001 to 2003, and again from 2008 to 2009 General Gilad worked as the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. Prior to that, General Gilad served as the Head of the Military Intelligence Research Division, and was responsible for the overall National Intelligence Assessment from 1996 to 2001. General Gilad served as an IDF Spokesman from 1994-1996, and acting Military Secretary of the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister from 1993 to 1994. Prior to those positions, General Gilad served as a senior member of the Israeli Delegation to the Peace Talks from 1992 to 1993, and worked on various assignments within IDF Military Intelligence from 1973 to 1992. General Gilad received two awards from the American Defense Establishment “Legion of Merits” and the Defense Intelligence Agency Director’s Award. General Gilad holds an M.A. in Political Science and National Security Studies from Haifa University in conjunction with the National Security College.
The session was part of the ICT's 16th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism: "Unpuzzling Terrorism". Maj. Gen. (Res.) Gilad reviewed the threats to Israel (Hezbollah, Iran) and noted both successes (Israeli deterrence in Syria, undermining of Palestinian suicide terrorism) and failures (the lack of functioning state in Syria). Gilad noted the need to share intelligence and establish cooperation between counter-terror organizations on a global level.