Dr. Eitan Shamir is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Bar Ilan University and a Research Associate with the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA). Prior to his academic position, Shamir was in charge of the National Security Doctrine Department at the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister (Israel). Prior to joining the government, Shamir was a Senior Fellow at the Dado Center for Interdisciplinary Military Studies (CIMS) in the IDF.
His research interests and publications focus on topics such as command, military reforms, and military and strategic culture. His is the author of Transforming Command: The Pursuit of Mission Command in the US, UK and Israeli Armies, (Stanford UP, 2011). Eitan Shamir has been teaching at the IDF Command and Staff College, IDF Operational Art Course, and the IDF Junior Officers academic program. He holds a PhD from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.
Transforming Command: The Pursuit of Mission Command in the US, UK and Israeli Armies, (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011)
Articles in Academic Journals
“From Retaliation to Open Bridges: Moshe Dayan's Evolving Approach towards the Population in Counter Insurgency”, Civil Wars, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 63-79, March 2012.
“Israel’s Future Wars: Universal Lessons of a Peculiar Case”, Strategic Insights, Vol. 10 Issue 3, pp. 164 -171, October 2011
“Coping with Non State Rivals”, Infinity Journal, Issue 1 No. 2, pp. 8-11, Spring 2011.
With Uzi Ben Shalom, “Mission Command between Theory and Practice: The IDF Case”, Defense & Security Analysis, Vol. 27, No.2, pp.119-134, June 2011.
“The Long and Winding Road: The US Army Managerial Approach to Command and the Adoption of Auftragstaktik (Mission Command)” Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 33, No. 5, 647-674, October 2010.
Chapters in Edited Books
“Peace Support Operations and the ‘Strategic Corporal’: Implications for Military Organization and Culture”, in Kobi Michael, Eyal Ben-Ari and David Kellen (Eds.), The Transformation of the World of Warfare and Peace Support Operations, (West Port, CT: Praeger Security International, 2008).
With Chris Schilling, “Cognitive Aspects of Business Innovation”, in I. Linkov, E. A. Ferguson and V. S. Magar (eds), Real Time Deliberative Decision Making, (Netherlands: Springer, 2008)
With Sergio Catignani, “Mission Command and Bitsuism in the Israeli Defence Forces: Complementary or Contradictory in Today’s Counter-Insurgency Campaign?”, in Allister MacIntyre & Karen Davis (eds.), Dimensions of Military Leadership (Kingston, ON: Canadian Defense Academy Press, 2007) pp. 185- 217.
Non Refereed Articles
"Women in Combat Units: Trends in Western Militaries", BESA Center, BESA Colloquia on Strategy and Diplomacy, No. 26, June 2011.
“Between Blitzkrieg and Operational Art”, Ma’archot, No. 436
“Learning from Foreign Militaries? Who Should the IDF learn from?” With Col. Meir Finkel, head of IDF Ground Forces Doctrine & Concepts Department, Ma’archot, No. 433 (October, 2010) [Hebrew]
“Whether Mission Command?” With Dr. Uzi Ben Shalom, Ma'arachot, No. 418, (April, 2008), [Hebrew.] The article won the Chief of Staff Award for Military Writing
“M&A as a Change Management Process”, Status Executive Magazine, (May, 2001), [Hebrew]
“Enhancing Production Performance Through Teams”, Hamifa'al, (January, 1995), [Hebrew]
“10 Critical Factors for Successful Improvement Teams”, Human Resources Journal, (February, 1994), [Hebrew]
Articles in daily papers: Ha'aretz and Globes.