Homeland Security Monitor - May 2009

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

1. U.S. Airport Employs Israeli Security Techniques 2. Israeli Army Develops Remote-Controlled Bulldozer 3. U.S., Israeli Companies Team Up to Track First Responders 4. Israeli Scientists Studying Water Bioterrorism 5. Israeli Scientist Studying Sweat for Identity Detection 6. New Israeli Technology Fights Internet Crime

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1. U.S. Airport Employs Israeli Security Techniques
Boston’s Logan Airport has tapped the Israeli company New Age Security Solutions to help secure the facility using Behavior Pattern Recognition (BPR), The Jerusalem Post reports.  BPR is modeled after the system used at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport that identifies subconscious mannerisms indicating nervousness, stress, or fear.  Observers are then able to proceed with targeted questioning of specific people based on these behavior signs.  Similar programs are being utilized at airports in Miami, San Francisco and Minneapolis.  

2. Israeli Army Develops Remote-Controlled Bulldozer
The Israel Defense Force has produced a remote-controlled bulldozer, Black Thunder, to dispose of hidden bombs and mines, HSDailyWire.com reports.  The bulldozer, though not new, has only been made public in the last several months.  The bulldozer transmits live video to a soldier in an offsite location, allowing the army to clear dangerous explosives without risking the life of a driver.


3. U.S., Israeli Companies Team Up to Track First Responders
InterSense Inc., a Massachusetts-based company, and BVR Systems, an Israeli-based company, are collaborating on a First Responders Independent Navigation Device (FIND), Government Security News reports.  The FIND will accurately follow all first responders on a particular team while they are in an emergency location.  The Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation – a U.S.-Israeli partnership that supports joint research and development ventures – will sponsor additional funding for the FIND.

4. Israeli Scientists Studying Water Bioterrorism 
Tel Aviv University scientists headed by Professor Yosi Shacham-Diamand have created a nano laboratory to instantaneously determine if water has come into contact with bioterrorist contaminants in addition to pollutants, HSdailywire.com reports.  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a Defense Department agency, has provided $3 million for additional research to determine if the laboratory can be used in broader biological warfare detection within the United States.

5. Israeli Scientist Studying Sweat for Identity Detection
Dr. Michael Gozin of Tel Aviv University will be working with the U.S. Air Force on a project to determine if sweat is unique enough to positively identify an individual, Israel21c reports.  Dr. Gozin’s study could lead to instantaneous detection of terrorists and criminals based on their sweat. “Dogs and other animals can differentiate between people easily, defining each person by his or her smell. Some animals can track us wherever we go,” says Gozin. “All people sweat, so we thought: Why not try and track it?”

6. New Israeli Technology Fights Internet Crime
MindCite, an Israeli company, has strategically engineered a mechanism to track subversive behavior on the Internet in order to advance crime prevention, Israel21c reports.  The system monitors conversations on Internet open forums and partners this information with technology aimed at providing detailed data linking otherwise hidden patterns.


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.