Isaac Ben-Israel studied mathematics, physics and philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Ben-Israel served in the IDF until his retirement in June 2002. During his service, he held several posts in operations, intelligence and weapon development units of the IAF. He served as Head of Military R&D of the Israel Defense Forces and the Ministry of Defense. Ben-Israel was a member of the 17th Knesset. Ben Israel serves as the Chairman of the Israeli Space Agency. In 2002 Ben Israel joined the academic staff of Tel-Aviv University. He is currently the Head of Security Studies Program, Deputy Director of the Hartog School of Government and Policy, Head of the Interdisciplinary Cyber Studies Center (ICRC) and the Head of Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security at Tel-Aviv University.