Brigadier General (Res.) Professor Jacob Nagel heads the Center for Security Science and Technology (CSST) and the Peter Munk Research Institute in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. With 40 years of experience in government and intelligence, he teaches defense R&D strategy and policy as well as systems engineering, while also overseeing the development of sophisticated defense-related projects at the CSST.
Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2017, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Nagel served the Directorate of Defense Research and Development in Israel’s Ministry of Defense, where he headed the committee that decided to develop Iron Dome. He also led the Strategic and Defense Policy Directorate at Israel’s National Security Council. And as Israel’s acting national security advisor under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he led the negotiations for the historic U.S.–Israel $38 billion military aid package.