Eilam's Arc: How Israel Became a Military Technology Powerhouse

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Eilam's Arc reveals the inside story on how Israel became a military technology powerhouse within a period of less than two generations. The book blends the broad view of an individual who led the creation of incredibly far-sighted research and development programs with intimate portraits of the main players in a complex strategy that spans continents, corporations, and armies. More than any other account, it explains how a very small country was able to make a concentrated use of its limited assets with astute leverage of international relationships, while at the same time creating the backbone of Israeli civilian technology industries. Brigadier General Uzi Eilam was born and raised in a deeply socialist kibbutz where science and learning were scorned as useless and effete. His is the journey that an entire country, made from devising a better spade to creating an internationally competitive space program. During this journey, Eilam learned step-by-step how to manage the complex relationship with the United States, which he says was willing to supply Israel with high technology only if it knew that Israel was well on its way to developing its own version of the same technology. Eilam's Arc will be of interest not only to military historians, but also to those who have an interest in innovation and innovation policy. Israeli innovation policies, both civilian and military, have a proven track record of success, and Uzi Eilam explains how governments can nurture, stimulate, and lead individuals, corporations, and foreign partners towards a desired goal.

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Uzi Eilam served as commander of MAFAT, the high- powered Israeli agency for weapons development, the director general of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, and the commander of other Israeli R&D agencies. Eilam's military career started as a decorated paratroop officer but he also studied engineering and took a central part in leading military R&D from the1960s to the 1990s.

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“Israel could count very little on her meager natural resources and very much on her human resources, spawning recognizable achievements in key fields that ranged from sophisticated military technology to advanced space programs. Drawing on his compelling high-profile personal experiences in how Israel secured a foothold in the international military R&D arena, in Eilam’s Arc, Uzi Eilam shares with his readers a revealing account of this unique story.” Shimon Peres, The President of the State of Israel “Uzi Eilam is the father of Israel’s high-tech revolution in weapons development and has played a critical below the radar role in building Israel's advanced defense capabilities. In this fascinating, intimate account of how Israel developed everything from anti-tank missiles to the Ofek satellite and the Arrow ballistic missile defense system, Uzi takes the reader inside the secretive offices of Israel's defense establishment. A must read for anybody interested in the decisions that have shaped Israel’s defense for the 21st century.”  —Ambassador Martin Indyk, Vice President of Brookings Institution, Washington D.C. and former member of the National Security Council and advisor to President Clinton and former U.S. Ambassador in Israel

"It is unusual for a general of the Paratroop Corps to be a farmer, a scientist, a poet, a musician and a carpenter. But this is what makes Eilam’s book the key for understanding the uniqueness of the Israeli military and human success story.”  —Professor Emeritus Dan Vitorio Segre President of the Institute of Mediterranean Studies at the University of Lugano, Switzerland and former Professor of Political Science in the University of Haifa, Israel

“This book is not only an excellent biography, but a realpolitik history about the State Israel. Uzi Eilam embodies the best mixture of military, science, politics and cultural life.”  —Gen. Paul Müller, Major General ret., former Deputy Commander, Swiss Armed Forces

“Uzi Eilam’s life story intersects with the history of modern Israel at critical junctures and in fascinating ways. Israel has been fortunate to have produced remarkable men like him. They have helped transform the country into what it is today.”  —Peter Ho, Centre for Strategic Futures, Singapore

Eilam’s Arc provides a fascinating record of events, people and the emotions on the birth of MAFAT and the Yom Kippur War experience. It adds to public knowledge on the criticality of the human dimension behind defence science and technology.”  —Professor Lui Pao Chuen, Engineering Faculty, National University of Singapore and former Chief Defense Scientist, Singapore

“This tour de force by an outstanding military, strategic and technological leader conveys the remarkable accomplishments of the Israeli innovative defense research and development, providing inspiring insights into the creation of the high-quality technological cutting edge, which is critical to the national security of Israel.”  —Professor Yehoshua Jortner, Tel Aviv University, former President of the Israel National Academy of Sciences, and past Chairman of the R&D Advisory Committee in Ministry of Defense, Israel

“Uzi Eilam’s autobiography reveals the secret recipe that made Israel Defense R&D what it is today. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand how Israel became a start-up nation.” Professor Major General (ret.) Itzhak Ben Israel, head of the Program for Defense Studies in the University of Tel Aviv, Chairman of the Israeli Space Program, and Chairman of the Civilian R&D National Council, former Director of Mafat in Ministry of Defense, Israel “For fifty years Uzi Eilam has been on the front line of the struggle for Israel as a soldier, an advisor and a shrewd manager of technological development. His autobiography reads like a thriller with a strong dose of managerial know-how. The book is inspiring and entertaining.”  —Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, General Secretary of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Euro

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