Homeland Security Monitor - February 2011

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation
IN THIS ISSUE FEBRUARY 2011

1. U.S., Israel Participate in International Biosecurity Project 2. Israeli Company Develops New Bomb Detection Method 3. Israel’s Police Put to the Test in Country-Wide Exercise 4. Israeli Company Creates System to Track Data and Avoid Leaks 5. A Look at the Israeli Bandage that May Have Saved Rep. Gabriel Giffords’ Life

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Israeli police conducted a disaster simulation to test its preparedness.
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1. U.S., Israel Participate in International Biosecurity Project
The United States and Israel are joining the European Commission’s five-year Plant and Food Biosecurity project, which seeks to explore methods to stop bioterrorism targeting agriculture and trees, the Associated Press reported. The $8.2 million study will occur at the University of Turin, Italy, and will bring eight countries together.
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2. Israeli Company Develops New Bomb Detection Method
The Israeli company Bioexplores is using mice to expose ammunitions and other threats, Israel21c reported. According to CEO Eran Lumbroso, mice have keen abilities to smell. “Mice rarely make an error, and the entire procedure is far less invasive or intimidating than the alternatives,” he said. The system could be employed at airports and sporting arenas around the globe, including the United States.

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3. Israel’s Police Put to the Test in Country-Wide Exercise
In early February, Israel’s police faced a range of scenarios in an unannounced training exercise to determine the preparedness of emergency responders, The Jerusalem Post reported. The simulated situations included terrorist attacks, abductions and disarming a bomb laden truck. By testing the forces throughout the country during the same five-hour period, Israel displayed a testing method that can serve as an example for the United States and other countries.
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4. Israeli Company Creates System to Track Data and Avoid Leaks 
Covertix, an Israeli company, has developed a method called SmartCipher to follow the path of classified material in order to keep it safe from leaks, The Jerusalem Post reported. The data can be protected within the companies and can continue to be tracked when used externally. This technology can be used by companies in America and other countries that face constant cyber threats.
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5. A Look at the Israeli Bandage that May Have Saved Rep. Gabriel Giffords’ Life
Emergency responders used what has been dubbed the “Israeli bandage” during the Tucson shooting in January to possibly save the life of Rep. Gabriel Gifford (D-AZ), JTA reported. The bandage, developed 18 years ago by Bernard Bar-Natan, an Israeli who was originally from New York, surpasses other wound dressings because it applies the additional pressure needed for blood to clot. “Without this care it would have definitely been a different situation,” Dr. Katherine Hiller, an attending physician at the University Medical Center in Tucson, told The Los Angeles Times.
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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.