Homeland Security Monitor - December 2007-January 2008

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation
IN THIS ISSUE DEC. 2007-JAN. 2008
1. U.S. and Israel Collaborate to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism 2. Israeli Software Security Company Receives 2007 Detektor Award 3. Israel Leads the Way in Information Security 4. Israeli Cyber-Expert Warns of Virtual Terrorist Training Camps 5. COMMENTARY: Let’s Use the Tools Congress Gave Us FPO photo

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1. U.S. and Israel Collaborate to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced that initial operation of Israeli-designed radiation detection equipment has started at Haifa Port, one of Israel's busiest seaports. The specialized equipment, which will help to detect smuggled or illicit shipments of nuclear and other radioactive materials that might move through the port, emerged as a result of collaboration between the NNSA and the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) and the Israel Port Company (IPC). "We are working closely with Israel to prevent nuclear terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction," said William Tobey, deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. "The success of this project also reflects the dedication and hard work of the Israelis in designing and installing the radiation detection equipment."
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2. Israeli Software Security Company Receives 2007 Detektor Award
Agent Video Intelligence, Inc. (Agent Vi), an Israeli born video analytics software company, was awarded the prestigious Detektor International award for accomplishments in closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance networks and security solutions. The award honors products and manufacturers that contribute innovative, original and new technologies to the global security industry. Agent Vi is headquartered in New York City, but conducts its research and development in a facility near Tel Aviv.
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3. Israel Leads the Way in Information Security
Israel's advances in information security are taking the global market by storm, Computerweekly.com reported. Israel claims the highest rate of research and development investment in the world, with 4.8 percent in 2005, and ranks third in entrepreneurship. As Israel's economy continues to grow, demand for its technological expertise has increased as well. Today, Israeli entrepreneurs lead the way in many fields of software applications and homeland security, due largely to Israel's own growing security needs.
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4. Israeli Cyber-Expert Warns of Virtual Terrorist Training Camps
Israeli Internet security expert Gabriel Weimann, a professor of communications at the University of Haifa, warns that the Internet has become a key tool for Islamist militants, WebProNews.com reported. Virtual terrorist training camps, in the form of websites and chat rooms, are used for recruiting and educating militants on-line. Weimann recently voiced his concerns during an Internet security conference hosted by Germany's Federal Police Office (BKA).
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5. COMMENTARY: Let’s Use the Tools Congress Gave Us
Congress and the Department of Homeland Security should take full advantage of the bipartisan legislation encouraging industrial and scientific collaboration with key allies in the global war against terror, including Israel, a former chief of staff to U.S. Customs Commissioners Raymond Kelly and Robert Bonner writes in HS Today. David Cohen notes that the legislation’s mandate resembles the establishment in the late 1970s of the U.S.-Israel Bi-National Research and Development (BIRD) Fund, which facilitated cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies and resulted in extraordinary technological developments of mutual benefit to both nations. Cohen suggests that the United States now has another opportunity to make even further advances in bolstering America’s homeland security.
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AIPAC's Homeland Security Monitor is a monthly summary of key articles highlighting the cooperative homeland security programs central to the strong and mutually beneficial strategic relationship between the United States and Israel. For more information on these issues, please write to homelandsecurity@aipac.org.

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