Shay Shabtai

Shay Shabtai

Editorial Advisory Panel

Israel Defense Forces (Res)

Shay Shabtai is an Israel Defense Forces Colonel (Res). He is an expert and practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in the realms of Israel's national security, intelligence, strategic and military planning. Col. Shabtai has dealt with strategic and policy planning and threat assessment in the governmental and business sectors especially in cyber defense issues.

He received his MA (Magna Cum Laude) from Tel Aviv University’s Executive Program for Middle East Studies, he lectures at Bar Ilan University and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, and is currently a PhD candidate dealing with Israel's national security concept. His current research includes alternative strategies for Israel; the influence of global trends on strategy; strategic communication and perception management; intelligence and national security; and redefining the operational level of armed conflicts.


“The Post Operational Level Age: The Operational Focus Approach”, Part 3 (with Yacov Bengo), Infinity Journal, Vol. 4 Issue 3, 2016.

“The Post Operational Level Age: How to properly maintain the interface between Policy, Strategy and tactics in current military challenges,” (with Yacov Bengo), Infinity Journal, Vol. 5 Issue 1, 2015.

“The 'global human being' in the Palestinian - Israeli Conflict in the Summer of 2014” (with Dr. Shlomo Yishai), Israel Defense (Hebrew), November 13, 2014.

“The strategic communication effort in the IDF” (with Major Lior Reshef), Ma'arachot 457 (Hebrew), October 2014.

“Updating the 'Security Concept'”, Infinity Journal, Vol. 4 Issue 2, Fall 2014.

“IDF's chaotic manpower policy - personal stand point”, Ma'arachot 453 (Hebrew), February 2014.

“A new concept of Campaign Between Wars (CBW)”, Ma'arachot 445 (Hebrew), October 2012.

“War after next”, Ma'arachot 440 (Hebrew), December 2011.

“Osint in the service of intelligence”, in Amos Gilboa and Yochi Erlich, Israel's Silent Defender: An Inside Look at Sixty Years of Israeli Intelligence, Gefen books, 2010.

“Israel's National Security Concept: New Basic Terms in the Military-Security Sphere”, INSS Strategic Assessment, Vol. 13, No. 2, August 2010.

“Iranian political transformation: not necessarily positive”, Ma'arachot 431 (Hebrew), June 2010.

“Lessons learned from Yom Kippur's war have become a burden on Israel's intelligence much needed transformation”, Ma'arachot 404 (Hebrew), December 2005.

“The concept of tactical swarming: a reality check”, Ma'arachot 397 (Hebrew), October 2004.

“IDF needs a cyber arm: the fourth revolution”, Ma'arachot 392 (Hebrew), October 2003.