Homeland Security Monitor - April 2012

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation
IN THIS ISSUE APRIL 2012
1. Israeli Navy a Leader in Military Technology, Techniques
2. U.S. Police Officials Visit Israel
3. Israeli Company Provides Denver with Security Solutions
4. U.S. Security Official Visits Israeli Port
5. Top Homeland Security Official Praises U.S.-Israel Cooperation

 

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A top U.S. security official visited Israel's Port of Ashdod to check the progress of a radiation detection system.
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1. Israeli Navy a Leader in Military Technology, Techniques
The Israeli Navy has established an Underwater Special Missions Group called Snapir, Aviation Week reported. The elite unit is dedicated to port protection and is responsible for ensuring that explosives or mines have not been attached to military vessels. Snapir utilizes Elbit Systems of America’s Stingray unmanned surface vehicle to carry out its mission. Elbit has also won a multi-million dollar contract to install an anti-terror security system at the Haifa port.
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2. U.S. Police Officials Visit Israel
A group of police officials recently traveled to Israel to learn how Israeli police prevent and respond to terrorist attacks and national emergencies, The Washington Post reported. The trip was sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League. Diane Groomes, an assistant D.C. police chief, was impressed with the Israeli Police’s efficient response. “If we had a bomb on a bus, it would take us maybe a day or two to handle. They said they just want life to go back to normal as soon as possible,” Groomes said.
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3. Israeli Company Provides Denver with Security Solutions
The Denver Regional Transportation District, the public transit system for Denver, Colorado, is increasing its use of NICE video security solutions, the company announced. NICE video surveillance will now manage and record more than 1,000 surveillance cameras at rail stations, Park-n-Ride facilities and bus transfer stations.
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4. U.S. Security Official Visits Israeli Port
A top U.S. security official recently visited the Port of Ashdod to check on the progress of a joint radiation detection system employed at Israeli ports to scan cargo containers for nuclear or radioactive materials, Government Security Magazine reported. Neile Miller, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) principal deputy, arrived in the country on March 29. NNSA and Israel had installed a radiation detection system in Ashdod in 2009 to scan cargo for nuclear or other radioactive materials that could be trafficked through the international shipping system.
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5. Top Homeland Security Official Praises U.S.-Israel Cooperation
A top U.S. official recently traveled to Israel to learn about homeland security and counter-terrorism techniques utilized in the country. Writing about his trip on the official White House Blog, Warren Stern, the director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office at the Department of Homeland Security, stated that “our strong alliance with Israel and the continued cooperation between our two nations is essential to countering the threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism.”
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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.