Homeland Security Monitor - November 2010

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

1. Israel’s Homeland Security Conference Discusses Combating Terror 2. In Israel, Memphis Police Director Addresses Security Initiative 3. Israeli Substitute Firefighters Receive Guidance in Texas 4. Emergency Preparedness Training Exercise Conducted in Israel 5. Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport Provides Security Example

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1. Israel’s Homeland Security Conference Discusses Combating Terror
For the first time, Israel hosted a three-day homeland security conference attended by more than 1,400 people from all over the world, including the United States, Xinhua reported. Chief Technology Officer at U.S. Customs and Border Protection Wolf Tombe spoke about practices that the United States can learn from Israel as well as the need for continuous technological advancement, while Israel Security Agency chief Yuval Diskin discussed the importance of global cooperation.

2. In Israel, Memphis Police Director Addresses Security Initiative
Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin recently traveled to the Jewish state to participate in a panel during Israel’s Homeland Security International Conference, ABC24 News reported. Godwin discussed his Blue Crush program, which encompasses a wide array of techniques for preventing and combating crime. “We're going to try to incorporate some things here,” he said, adding, “We're doing a lot of it, but there's still some other things we can do, technology-wise. I picked up some very good information.”


3. Israeli Substitute Firefighters Receive Guidance in Texas
Several Israeli experts are participating in training exercises at the Garland Training Facility in Texas, the Dallas Morning News Garland Blog reported. The Israelis are learning how to handle emergency situations that may arise while the regular firefighters are otherwise involved in crisis response.  Though the firefighters from the Garland Training Facility deal with very different scenarios than their Israeli counterparts do, the Israelis are learning from the Texans' experiences.

4. Emergency Preparedness Training Exercise Conducted in Israel 
Hospitals and emergency responders participated in Orange Flame, an annual training exercise coordinated by Israel’s Health Ministry and the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command, The Jerusalem Post reported. The exercise focused on the ability of the responders in central Israel to handle the aftermath of biological weapons attacks. Such training efforts serve as a global example for ensuring proper reaction in times of high trauma.

5. Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport Provides Security Example
Israel’s Airport Authority hosted nearly 50 international airport security experts, including U.S. participants, the Associated Press reported. The Israelis demonstrated safety measures conducted by airport staff as well as other technology used at Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport. Additionally, the Israelis replicated security maneuvers, including one in which they overcame mock armed terrorists.
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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.