Military capital in the Israeli Hi-tech industry

Ori Swed, John Sibley Butler

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The unique relations between the Israeli-armed forces and the local hi-tech industry have been identified as a strong explanatory variable for the Israeli hi-tech boom. This article highlights the role of the military as a socialization institution in those relations. We identify how the accumulation of ‘‘military capital’’ during military in service contributes to soldiers as veterans and employees in the hi-tech sector. Military service brings with it professional training, social ties, and social codes that influence the composition of the hi-tech workforce and hi-tech industry’s organizational and functional culture. Examination of Israeli hi-tech workers’ profiles reveals not only a very high proportion of military capital amongst the employees but also an institutional preference for those who possess it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-141
Number of pages19
JournalArmed Forces and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 20 2015


  • Capital
  • Culture
  • Hi-tech
  • Israel
  • Military


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