Homeland Security Monitor - September 2012

AIPAC's Defense Digest
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
IN THIS ISSUE SEPTEMBER 2012
1. Israeli Defense Firm Creates U.S. Jobs 
2. U.S. Veterans Meet Israeli Peers
3. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Visits Israel
4. Scheduled U.S.-Israel Drill Still Largest in History 
5. Iron Dome Missile Defense System Moved to Tel-Aviv
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Admiral James A. Winnefeld, the U.S. vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently visited Israel. Read more...

 

 

1. Israeli Defense Firm Creates U.S. Jobs

ELTA North America, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, officially opened its headquarters in Howard County, Maryland, this month, The Baltimore Sun reported. Thousands of Marylanders alone are employed by Israeli companies and ELTA’s new location highlights how Israeli defense companies provide highly skilled jobs for U.S. workers. State elected officials were at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the company that expects to initially create 100 jobs, though many believe the workforce for the ELTA headquarters will grow rapidly.

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2. U.S. Veterans Meet Israeli Peers 
The American charitable organization Heroes to Heroes brought 10 retired soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury to Israel this month, Israel21C reported. The goal of the trip is for the American veterans to stimulate emotional healing by discussing their experiences with their Israeli peers. “It’s a way for them to hash out their experiences with people who understand them and are basically fighting the same war but on a different front,” said Judy Schaffer, founder of Heroes to Heroes.

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3. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Visits Israel
Admiral James A. Winnefeld, the U.S. vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, concluded a two-day visit to Israel earlier this month, the Israel Defense Forces reported. The second highest ranking officer in the U.S. Air Force, Admiral Winnefeld met with the key Israeli senior military officials and visited several military cooperation sites across the country. During his stay in Israel, Admiral Winnefeld was hosted by Israeli Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the IDF Major General Yair Naveh.

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4. Scheduled U.S.-Israel Drill Still Largest in History   
Despite reports claiming otherwise, the upcoming U.S-Israel joint missile defense drill is still the largest in history between the two nations, The Jerusalem Post reported. While changes to such a large scale drill are not uncommon, both U.S. and Israeli officials report this drill will be larger in scope than previous missile defense drills. Noted as a tangible sign of trust between the U.S. and Israel, the drill, called Austere Challenge 12, will incorporate fully operational defense systems from both countries. U.S. Air Force Lt.-Col. Jack Miller, a Pentagon spokesman, believes that Austere Challenge “is a tangible sign of our mutual trust.”
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5. Iron Dome Missile Defense System Moved to Tel-Aviv    
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system was moved earlier this month from southern Israel to Tel-Aviv, YNet News reported. After protecting several other areas of Israel, the anti-missile system, which was developed by Israel and has received U.S. funding for procurement of additional batteries and interceptors, moved to Tel Aviv for training purposes. The portable anti-missile system, whose developers won the Israel Defense Prize this year, will move to Tel Aviv as “part of a general introduction process.
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AIPAC's Defense Digest is a monthly summary of key articles highlighting the cooperative defense programs central to the strong and mutually beneficial strategic relationship between the United States and Israel. For more information on these issues, please contact AIPAC's defense team at defenseteam@aipac.org.