Homeland Security Monitor - January 2011

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

1. Israeli Bandages Save Victims in Tucson Shooting Rampage 2. Homeland Security Chief Reaffirms Strong U.S.-Israel Cooperation 3. Israeli Scientists Develop Explosive Detection Device 4. Israeli Cyber-Security Company Makes New Strides 5. DNA Testing Made Easier Because of Israeli Innovation

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1. Israeli Bandages Save Victims in Tucson Shooting Rampage
By utilizing a bandage invented by the Israel Defense Forces, first responders to the Tucson shooting in early January spared many lives, The Washington Post reported. Upon arriving at the Safeway parking lot, the 10 deputies from the Pima County Sheriff's Department triaged the many wounded victims using first-aid gear. According to David Kleinman, a SWAT team medical practitioner, the team employed the Israeli bandages "over and over at the scene."

2. Homeland Security Chief Reaffirms Strong U.S.-Israel Cooperation
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited Israel in early January and expressed America’s strong relationship with Israel, United Press International reported. "As a steadfast ally to Israel, the United States is committed to continuing our strong partnership to protect both countries against new and evolving terrorist threats," Napolitano stated. During her trip, she met with top Israeli leaders—including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—to discuss a range of global threats, including chemical warfare, airport security and cyber-security.


3. Israeli Scientists Develop Explosive Detection Device
Israeli researchers at Tel Aviv University have invented an easily transportable tool that can be used to uncover explosives, Israel 21c reported. Since the device can be used at a distance from the questionable substance and moved around easily, it has the ability to detect many threats such as munitions, poisons and anthrax. Such a device could have potential use in the United States and around the world to stop terror attacks.

4. Israeli Cyber-Security Company Makes New Strides 
Radware, an Israel-based company, has developed increasingly sophisticated means of countering ever-growing cyber-threats, Investor's Business Daily reported. The company ensures that data will be protected for their clients, which range from financial institutions to online shopping companies. Radware, which has offices in the United States, protects against identity and information theft.

5. DNA Testing Made Easier Because of Israeli Innovation
An Israeli professor and an Israeli student at Hebrew University in Jerusalem developed a new method for DNA testing, The Jerusalem Post reported. Professor Ariel Darvasi and student Lev Voskoboinik created a way to test multiple DNA strands to pinpoint a suspect’s DNA. The apparatus—currently undergoing additional tests—has the possibility of altering law enforcement investigation techniques around the world.

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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.