Defense Digest - November 2006

Defense Cooperation
1. Air Force Buying Israeli Python-5 for F-16 Fighters
The U.S. Air Force is wrapping up negotiations to buy 20 Israeli Python-5 Full Sphere air-to-air missiles from Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd. for a F-16 fighter squadron stationed at Nevada, Defense News reports. This will be the first time that the U.S. Air Force has purchased air-to-air missiles from a foreign manufacturer. Read more...
2. Fox News Military Analyst Says America Should Support Israel
Lt. Col. Bill Cowan, a Fox News military analyst who recently participated in an American Israel Education Foundation-sponsored trip to Israel, says the United States must stand by Israel as the two allies fight terrorism.  “Israelis deserve our respect and our unwavering support," Cowan says in a recent column. "All Americans should understand that Israel is an interim stop for radical Islamic fundamentalists who want to destroy not only Israelis, but Americans as well.” Read more...
3. Israeli Contract Reflects Trust Among Major Contractors
Israel ’s Elbit Systems entered a contract with Boeing Co. to provide components for U.S. F-15 fighters, according to United Press International. Elbit System’s co-general manager for its Airborne and Helmet Systems, Yoram Shmuely, said, “We believe this contract will pave the way for further business in this fast-growing market characterized by advanced technologies and innovative composite materials." Read more...
4. NATO Official Favors Strong Israel Ties
A top NATO official praised expanded NATO-Israel ties at a recent forum on NATO's relations with Mediterranean countries and Israel, The Jerusalem Post reports. Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Dr. Patrick Hardouin’s address to an audience of Israeli officials and NATO delegates came in light of last month’s Individual Cooperation Program (ICP) agreement, which created a formal framework for cooperation between Israel and the alliance. Read more...
Homeland Security Cooperation
5. Israeli Experts Enhance LAX Security
Israeli security experts from Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport recently visited the Los Angeles Airport to help L.A. officials update LAX’s security plans, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The invitation to review LAX security came from City Councilman Jack Weiss, who decided to invite the Israeli experts after attending a conference on homeland security in Israel and touring Ben-Gurion Airport early this year. Read more...
6. Israeli Minister Addresses Major U.S. Police Conference
Israel ’s Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter visited the United States last month to share his homeland security expertise with top federal officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, The Jerusalem Post reports. Dichter also addressed over 10,000 attendees at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference. Read more...
7. Israeli Startup Develops Bio-Detection Alarm System
Israeli startup Biological Alarm Systems has developed an early-detection, real-time alarm system, the BAS101, which is capable of continuously detecting biological hazards in public places, Israel 21c reports. The detector allows the system to monitor all airborne particles while reducing the chance of false alarms by trapping only relevant dangerous bacteria. Read more...
8. Israeli Instructors Teach Counter-Terrorism Tactics
A group of Israeli counter-terrorism instructors shared their expertise last month with over 150 local, state and federal officers at the Delaware Tactical Officers Association Survival and Swat Conference, according to Delaware Online-The News Journal. The experts, from the Beverly Hills-based IMS Israeli Counter-Terror School, provided instruction on bus security, crisis negotiations, weapons of mass destruction operations and other issues.
AIPAC's Defense Digest is a monthly compilation of news articles, feature stories and official government statements highlighting the cooperative defense and homeland security programs central to the strong and mutually beneficial strategic relationship between the two allies. For more information on these issues, please contact AIPAC's defense team at defenseteam@aipac.org.