Homeland Security Monitor - October 2009

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

1. Americans to Participate in Israel Safe City Solution Conference 2. Israeli Company Invents Device for Underground Monitoring 3. Israeli Company Takes UAVs to New Heights 4. Unmanned Helicopter Created by Israelis to Fight Terrorism 5. KEY REPORT: Implications of Israeli Counterterrorism for U.S.

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Israel has developed a remotely piloted surveillance helicopter. 



1. Americans to Participate in Israel Safe City Solution Conference
The Israel Safe City Solution conference, which aims to examine ways to prevent illegal activity and terrorist attacks in large cities, will be hosted in Tel Aviv from November 30 to December 1, The Jerusalem Post reported.  The conference will be widely attended by participants from around the world. Members of the U.S. delegation will include Col. (Ret.) Kenneth Bouche, who served as the chief intelligence officer at the Illinois State Police, and Deputy Chief Michael Downing, who leads the Counterterrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau at the LAPD.

2. Israeli Company Invents Device for Underground Monitoring
Israel’s Spider Technologies Security (SpiderTech) has developed the “Tarantula,” which can monitor underground incursions and penetrations that would otherwise remain concealed, Defense News reported.  The cutting-edge device uses seismic tools and complex sensors to gauge the presence of a hazard and works in a wide range of landscapes, which can be extremely helpful in border and public transportation security.  The company is working in tandem with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Israel’s Ministry of Defense, and other groups in some of the testing.


3. Israeli Company Takes UAVs to New Heights
Simlat, an Israeli company specializing in precision usage of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), has received a contract for a special training project, Homeland Security News Wire reported. Simlat has created a mechanism that takes into account different components that could negatively impact the functionality of the operators and teaches them how to avoid these possible distractions. UAVs are used globally, including by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

4. Unmanned Helicopter Created by Israelis to Fight Terrorism 
The Israeli Steadicopter demonstrated the Black Eagle 50 at the 3rd Israel Defense International Army and Police Exhibition in Tel Aviv, Ha'aretz reported. The mechanism can be maneuvered by an operator outside of the device, eliminating potential danger a pilot could undergo while monitoring suspicious activity.  The Black Eagle 50 could be a major tool to other countries such as the U.S., since it is more easily movable and can maneuver in closer proximity to its subject than other unmanned aircrafts.

5. KEY REPORT: Implications of Israeli Counterterrorism for U.S.
A key report prepared by the Homeland Security Institute for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Science and Technology analyzes the lessons that America can learn from Israel’s successes in preventing terrorist attacks. The report highlights the primary role played by the Israeli public itself, whose resilience and high level of public responsibility have ensured greater public preparedness to work with the government to stop attacks. The report also notes that the Israeli government’s counterterrorism programming and messaging are centralized, organized and consistent.
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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.