Since November 2011, Major General (ret.) Amos Yadlin has been the Director of the Institute for National Security Studies, Israel's leading strategic think tank. General Yadlin served for over 40 years in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), nine of which as a member of the IDF General Staff. From 2006 to 2010, General Yadlin served as the IDF’s Chief of Defense Intelligence. From 2004 to 2006, he served as the IDF attaché to the United States. In February 2002, he earned the rank of major general and was named commander of the IDF Military Colleges and the National Defense College. As a former deputy commander of the Israel Air Force, he commanded two fighter squadrons and two airbases. He has also served as Head of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) Planning Department (1990-1993). He accumulated approximately 5,000 flight hours and flew more than 250 combat missions. He participated in the Yom Kippur War, Operation Peace for Galilee, and Operation Tamuz – the destruction of the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq. Yadlin holds a B.A. in economics and business administration from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He also holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.