1. Israel Observes U.S. National Level Exercise 2011
Israeli officials observed a U.S. emergency preparedness drill responding to a mock earthquake in order to gain possible implementation ideas, FEMA said in a statement. The National Level Exercise 2011 allowed officials in the central U.S. states to test the efficacy of the public alert systems, conduct search and rescue maneuvers and fine-tune interagency cooperation.
2. Boston Airport Stays Secure with Help of Israeli System
Officials at Boston’s Logan International Airport, with the help of Israeli security experts, have effectively safeguarded passengers since al-Qaeda terrorists boarded planes there that were used to commit the atrocities of 9/11, the Associated Press reported. Boston has maintained the use of behavior recognition, a system developed in Israel.0;0;0;1D;
3. Israel Produces 'Most Secure Passport in the World'
Israel will implement enhanced biometric versions of identity cards and passports, Homeland Security Newswire reported. Amnon Ben Ami, Israel’s Director of the Interior Ministry’s Population, Immigration, and Borders Authority, said that the innovations could mean that Israel developed “the most secure passport in the world.” The new passports have a chip that carries the passport holder’s data, including date of birth, fingerprints, picture and signature. Such technological steps could be useful for the United States and others as global concerns of passport theft increase.
4. Los Angeles Airports Employ an Israeli Video Security Apparatus
NICE Systems, an Israeli based video security firm, recently finalized a security mechanism in Los Angeles World Airports, (LAWA), the company said in a press release. The airports have been equipped with a system that will allow security personnel to monitor a variety of situations such as possible attacks or breaches of security.
5. Israel Announces Cyber Center to Defend Against Possible Attacks
Israel has announced the formation of the National Cybernetic Taskforce to defend against incoming cyber threats, Reuters reported. The cyber command unit, staffed by 80 people, will allow Israel to “be a center for dealing with the cyber world,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated. Such an effort may yield additional cooperation and learning opportunities for the United States and Israel.