Homeland Security Monitor - July 2011

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

1. U.S. Police and Military Officials to Visit Israel 2. Georgia Officers Make Annual Visit to Israel 3. U.S. Army Using Israeli Surveillance Equipment 4. Israel Develops New Fire-Fighting System 5. New Technology Tracks Carbon Dioxide More Precisely

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1. U.S. Police and Military Officials to Visit Israel
U.S. and Australian senior police and military officials will visit Israel this fall to participate in a counter-terrorism program, The Jerusalem Post reported. The group will go to the sites of 16 past terrorist attacks in Israel to learn how the Jewish state responds to such incidents. They will also learn about Israel’s security procedures at government buildings and major transit hubs.

2. Georgia Officers Make Annual Visit to Israel
A delegation of Georgia law enforcement officers recently traveled to the Jewish state for an annual exchange program with Israeli officers, The Athens Banner-Herald reported. Every summer, the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange, in partnership with Georgia State University, sends a different group of Georgia officers across the Atlantic to learn from Israeli law enforcement officials. “We get comfortable here, and we forget there’s a terrorist threat out there,” said Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman, who participated in the trip. “They have to live it daily. We have to be vigilant.”�1D;

3. U.S. Army Using Israeli Surveillance Equipment 
The U.S. Army is using Israeli technology to upgrade its video surveillance system at the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, Texas, UPI reported. The Army is purchasing equipment from Israel’s NICE Systems Ltd. to help secure its new and expanded facility, which includes a seven-story hospital wing and adjoining parking garage.

4. Israel Develops New Fire-Fighting System 
Israeli scientists have unveiled a new computer-based system that can predict the trajectory of a fire, The Jerusalem Post reported. The new system uses sensors to calculate factors such as weather, topography, temperature and direction. The Israeli development could serve as an important model for other countries as they work to upgrade their own fire prediction technology.

5. New Technology Tracks Carbon Dioxide More Precisely

A company founded in Israel is developing new technology that can measure the level of carbon dioxide in a patient’s breath and thereby produce more precise diagnoses, The Boston Globe reported. Oridion, now based in Massachusetts, hopes it may become standard equipment in emergency rooms to treat patients that are near death.
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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.