Dr Uzi Rubin is the founder and first Director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) in the Israel Ministry of Defense, in which capacity he initiated and managed Israel’s nationwide effort to develop, produce and deploy its first national missile defence shield, the Arrow missile defence system. He received his ME in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1969 and subsequently directed large missile programmes in Israel Aerospace Industries and the Israeli Ministry of Defence. In 1990, as a visiting scholar at the Stanford Center for International Security and Arms Control, he directed a major study on missile proliferation. Between 1999 and 2001 he was the Senior Director for Proliferation and Technology in the Israel National Security Council. Uzi Rubin retired from Israel’s Ministry of Defense at the end of 2002, and has since headed his own defence consultancy, Rubincon Ltd, providing consultation services in defence technologies to Israel’s Ministry of Defense and leading Israeli defence contractors. He publishes frequently in the professional and international media on Israeli and Western defence topics.