Freedom Center Colloquium: Mark Lehrer
Topic: "Bringing Knowledge to market – The evolution and broader significance of Israeli economic and scientific policies spanning the civilian and military sectors"
One constant in Israeli history is the reliance on the production and exploitation of scientific knowledge for both economic growth and military superiority. Beneath this constant, however, lie profound shifts in government policies, especially those facilitating increasingly porous flows of people and ideas between the civilian and military sectors. Today, where high-tech companies are often founded by former members of the once most-hidden agencies of the defense establishment, the global market saturates virtually all walks of Israeli life. Positive and negative consequences of such developments are examined with a view to their relevance well beyond Israel.