Dr. Reuven Gal -Keynote Speaker at Homeland Security Conference

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Dr. Reuven Gal -Keynote Speaker at Homeland Security Conference

Dr. Reuven Gal -Keynote Speaker at Homeland Security Conference

Dr. Reuven Gal, of the Dan Shomron Center for Society, Security and Peace at the Kinneret College,  was recently a keynote speaker at the UASI Shared Strategies for Homeland Security Conference in Denver, Colorado, December 2010.  Dr. Gal presented a special session titled "Lessons Learned from Disaster Interventions: A Personal Perspective" where he offered his expertise on the behavior of individuals and communities during disaster situations.  In addition, Dr. Gal gave a panel presentation on the issue of National/Societal Resilience.  This presentation is based on assessments made during the Second Intifada on Israeli citizens.


Currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Dan Shomron Center, Dr. Gal was born in Israel as a sixth-generation "Sabra" of a Jerusalemite family.  Dr. Gal was an active member and a "Madrich" in the Israeli Scouts Movement.   He also served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a combat infantry officer (1960-1963), assuming command positions from Platoon Leader to Company Commander.    During the Six-Days War he commanded a reserve recon-unit, participating in the battles on Jerusalem.  Dr. Reuven Gal holds a BA and MA both in Psychology and Sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He served as IDF's Chief Psychologist and subsequently founded and commanded the Department of Behavioural Studies (MAMDA). Dr. Gal retired from active duty at 1983 with the rank of Colonel. He founded and subsequently headed the Israeli Institute for Military Studies (IIMS), later renamed the Carmel Institute for Social Studies (1985- 2002).  In 2002 he was appointment as Deputy Head of Israel's National Security Council, responsible for domestic and social policy. In 2007, Dr. Gal was invited by the Israeli government to establish a universal framework for National Youth Service in Israel.    Consequently, he has been appointed (Jan.  2008) as the General Director of this framework, called The Authority for National Civic Service, at the Prime Minister's office. In August 2009 he resigned from this position.   In addition to his position with the Shomron Center, Dr. Gal currently serves as an Area Leader at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he is conducting several research projects related to the Israeli society.     Dr. Gal is the author of numerous articles and books, among them A Portrait of the Israeli Soldier (Greenwood Press, Westport 1986), Handbook of Military Psychology (1991) and Service without Guns (2006).


The Dan Shomron Center was founded to perform studies on the interaction between society and issues of security in the State of Israel, from a multidisciplinary, comparative perspective.  Combined with its effectiveness to serve Israel's decision-makers, a location on the Sea of Galilee and the legacy of Dan Shomron, the Shomron Center is poised to create tangible results for Israeli society.
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