Israel's Edge

Israel's Edge

by Jason Gewirtz


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How will Israel keep its strategic edge over an increasingly dangerous Iran? Israel has been preparing for this day by creating a special and secretive IDF unit called Talpiot.

Instead of being trained to fight, the few soldiers each year selected for Talpiot are taught how to think. In order to join this unit they have to commit to being in the army for ten years, rather than the three years a normal soldier serves.

Talpiots are taught advanced level physics, math and computer science as they train with soldiers from every other branch of the IDF. The result: young men and women become research and development machines. Talpiots have developed battle ready weapons that only Israel's top military officers and political leaders know about. They have also dramatically improved much of the weapons already in Israel's arsenal.

Talpiot has been tasked with keeping Israel a generation ahead of a rapidly strengthening and technologically capable Iran. Talpiots contribute to all of the areas that will be most important to the IDF as Iran becomes even more powerful including missile technology, anti-missile defense, cyber-warfare, intelligence, satellite technology and high powered imaging. Talpiot soldiers have also been a major factor in the never ending fight against Israel’s other enemies and many have left the R&D lab to fly fighter planes, serve in the field as commanders of elite army ground units and at sea commanding Israel’s fleet of naval ships.

After leaving the army, Talpiots have become a major force in the Israeli economy, developing some of Israel’s most famous and powerful companies.

Israel’s Edge contains dozens of interviews with Talpiot graduates and some of the early founders of the program. It explains Talpiot's highly successful recruiting methods and discloses many of the secrets of the program's success. The book also profiles some of the most successful businesses founded by Talpiot graduates including CheckPoint, Compugen, Anobit, recently bought by Apple, and XIV, recently bought by IBM.

No other military unit has had more of an impact on the State of Israel and no other unit will have more of an impact in the years ahead. The soldiers of Talpiot are truly unsung heroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789652297136
Publisher: Gefen Publishing House
Publication date: 01/15/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 369,508
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

As executive producer for the business network CNBC, Jason Gewirtz has covered Israel and Israeli business including working for the network from northern Israel during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and following Warren Buffett to the country when the billionaire investor bought the metalworking company ISCAR, his first foreign purchase. Jason has also covered the attacks from Gaza on southern Israeli towns like Sderot and examined the economic impact. He produced Beyond the Barrel: The Race to Fuel the Future which was shot on five continents and was largely focused on several Israeli-born energy technologies. He currently produces Power Lunch, which is broadcast live every day jointly from CNBC's global headquarters and the New York Stock Exchange and can be viewed all over the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 A Devastating Force for Change 1

Chapter 2 Talpiot's Founding Fathers 12

Chapter 3 Finding the Super Soldier 22

Chapter 4 Polishing the Program 37

Chapter 5 It All Starts in High School 49

Chapter 6 The World's Fastest Learning Curve 56

Chapter 7 Training to Think Far Beyond the Box 67

Chapter 8 Reality Check 77

Chapter 9 Attack by Keyboard 85

Chapter 10 Making an Impact 97

Chapter 11 High-Tech Tinkerers 107

Chapter 12 Talpiots in Space 119

Chapter 13 Missile Command 126

Chapter 14 On a Mission 140

Chapter 15 Israel's New Heroes 153

Chapter 16 "Talpiots Only Need Apply" 158

Chapter 17 Project Success 166

Chapter 18 Life Savers 177

Chapter 19 Reunion! 190

Chapter 20 The Future 205

Appendix: Timeline 215

A Salute from the Author 223

Acknowledgments 228

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