Sam Katz was born in 1963, and joined the Israeli Defence Forces in 1981. He served in the HEYL HAYAM during the conflict in Lebanon in 1982. He is the author of articles in Hebrew publications on military matters, and the co-author of several books on the IDF and related Middle Eastern topics. His particular interest lies in the development of IDF elite and counter-terrorist units. Sam is recognized world wide as an expert on this subject. He is married, and lives in New York.