November 22, 2004
News & Opinion: Lessons Learned from Israeli Intelligence
Innovation is the lynchpin of business success. In the case of Israel, a nation that has been on a war-footing since it was established in 1948, it has also served as the foundation for its own defense and security. Here the military-intelligence complex plays a singularly exceptional role. With infinite challenges and threats and limited resources and manpower, Israels particular set of geopolitical and historical circumstances has shaped a very distinctive kind of innovative thinking and its military has in many respects become its most vivid expression. The Israel Defense Forces and a number of its elite technological intelligence units have become an enormous incubator for entrepreneurialsm, creativity and innovation. Daring missions of military and intelligence have become Israels calling card. Spilling over into the civilian world is the nations world-class high tech industry much of which was forged in Israelis unique military machinery. As the saying goes, business is like war and in Israel, that appears especially so. Spies Inc., Business Innovation from Israels Masters of Espionage examines how Israels never-ending fight for survival has established a nation of innovators. A business book wrapped in a thriller, Spies Inc. has very distinct lessons for the business world. You can find an excerpt of the book here.