Homeland Security Monitor - March 2011

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

1. Israel-Jordan Disaster Preparedness Exercise Sets Global Example 2. LAPD Bomb Unit Members to Learn New Methods from Israelis 3. American Exercise Regimen Used by Israeli Police and Firefighters 4. Texas Airport to Broaden Use of Israeli Security Equipment 5. Israel’s Briefcam Streamlines Video Camera Security Systems

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Israel held maneuvers for responding to possible earthquakes like the one in Japan. Read more...

 

 

1. Israel-Jordan Disaster Preparedness Exercise Sets Global Example
Israeli and Jordanian first responders as well as faculty and students from Ben Gurion University drilled maneuvers for reacting to possible earthquakes, The Jerusalem Post reported. The training session, held during the fourth Development and Strategy Forum held earlier this month in the Israeli city of Arava, included observers from the European Union and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The forum serves as an example for multi-country cooperation during natural disasters and can also provide the United States with new techniques to enhance its earthquake response efforts.
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2. LAPD Bomb Unit Members to Learn New Methods from Israelis
Four members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will travel to Israel in May to learn bomb dismantling techniques from officers in Israel’s National Police Bomb Squad, JewishJournal.com reported. One of the trip participants, LAPD Bomb Squad Officer Ronald Capra, said that Israel has “paid the price” for their knowledge on the subject and has “foremost” expertise on explosives.

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3. American Exercise Regimen Used by Israeli Police and Firefighters
Israel’s law enforcement academies, firefighters as well as particular divisions of the Israel Defense Force and police utilize an exercise program created by Americans, Ynet News reported. CrossFit, established by Greg and Lauren Glassman in California 16 years ago, was implemented with these Israeli first responders and police cadets last year and has since become the prime method for them to keep in shape. CrossFit incorporates multiple techniques such as weight training and gymnastics.
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4. Texas Airport to Broaden Use of Israeli Security Equipment 
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) will further its use of the Israeli-based NICE Systems Ltds.’s video and audio IP technology, Globes reported. Since the airport is the third most active in the world, the new system will enhance officials’ ability to observe the facilities to stop possible terrorist attacks as well as to act in the event of a crisis. The NICE devices will allow officials to centralize the data from the cameras in order to better protect passengers.
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5. Israel’s Briefcam Streamlines Video Camera Security Systems

Israel’s Briefcam continues to be an international leader in making it easier on security providers to review large amounts of video footage, The Economist reported. The program condenses a day’s worth of footage from surveillance cameras into approximately one minute. With the ever growing demands for monitoring public and private spaces to prevent terror attacks, such technology can provide assistance throughout the world, including the United States.
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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.