Homeland Security Monitor - October 2008

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation

1. Israel, U.S. Hold First High Technology Forum 2. Israel Teaches Security to Stamford City Police 3. The 'Israeli Lean' in Close Quarters Combat 4. U.S., Israeli Company Combine Forces 5. Universal Detection Technology to Market in Israel

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An Israeli style of shooting is gaining popularity among U.S. law enforcement agencies. Read more...



1. Israel, U.S. Hold First High Technology Forum
Israel and the United States held the first-ever joint High Technology Forum in September, which is aimed at easing regulations for exports to Israel on dual-use products that have both a military and civilian use, The Jerusalem Post reported. “The High Technology Forum should accelerate, elevate and institutionalize a senior-level dialogue to address bilateral high technology trade, investment and related security issues within the context of our larger strategic relationship," said U.S. Undersecretary for Industry and Security Mario Mancuso.

2. Israel Teaches Security to Stamford City Police
Six members of the Stamford Police Department's bomb squad and homeland security units, along with Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare William Callion, traveled to Israel for eight days in September to study the latest in counterterrorism measures, The Stamford Times reported.  The trip, organized by Security Solutions International (SSI), was funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and by the Stamford Police Foundation.  The officers planned to train members of their department as well as other local police departments upon their return.  Department officials said they hope to send another delegation to Israel in the spring.


3. The 'Israeli Lean' in Close Quarters Combat
The debate about the most effective shooting stance has largely been divided between supporters of the Weaver Stance and proponents of the Isosceles Stance.  But there is a third stance that offers many advantages: the “Israeli Lean,” which is based on the Point-Shoot.  Over the past few years there has been renewed interest within the U.S. in the “Israeli Lean” – a point-shoot style of handgun combat shooting.  Applications of the Israeli Lean vary greatly but it is particularly beneficial for military units engaging in an urban combat zone.  HS Daily Wire examines the merits of the style.

4. U.S., Israeli Company Combine Forces
GED-i Ltd., a storage data security and encryption technology developer from Netanya, Israel, has announced a cooperative agreement with Sun Microsystems Inc., a servers, software, and storage manufacturer in America, HSToday.us reported.  The companies have agreed to cooperate under the umbrella of "Cooperation with International Corporate," a program initiated by the chief scientist's office in Israel's Ministry of Industry and Trade.  GED-i will use the Sun platform for its encryption appliance (GSA 2000) and key server and Sun Microsystems will support GED-i in the development and marketing of the ported product.

5. Universal Detection Technology to Market in Israel
Universal Detection Technology (UDT), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies to protect people from bioterrorism and other infectious health threats, has announced a deal with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Service to market its products in Israel, CNN reported.  UDT’s handheld products can be used by first responders and emergency response personnel to rapidly detect the presence of up to five bio-weapon agents and is currently listed as a “featured U.S. exporter” on the Commercial Service's Israeli website.


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.