Homeland Security Monitor - June 2012


AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation
1. World’s Largest Underground Hospital Opens in Israel
2. Israel-Based Company Unveils Cyber Simulator
3. SSI Offers Advanced Homeland Security Training in Israel
4. New York Sheriff Travels to Israel
5. Israel’s Unit 8200 Head Many Successful Companies


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1. World’s Largest Underground Hospital Opens in Israel
Rambam Medical Center in Haifa opened a “fortified hospital” this month, The Times of Israel reported. This is the world’s largest and most advanced fortified hospital and will be able to accommodate 2,000 beds underground. The facility will be safe, even if missiles and rockets are falling above ground.

2. Israel-based Company Unveils Cyber Simulator
Elbit Systems, a U.S. defense company based in Israel, has unveiled a new cyber simulator that helps protect from cyber warfare, Israel 21c reported. The system aims to train cyber-defense agencies that deal with government, military and critical civilian infrastructure. It includes a number of network protection scenarios and allows for evaluation and debriefing sessions. The system is already generating international interest.

3. SSI Offers Advanced Homeland Security Training in Israel
Security Solutions International has a seven year history of taking homeland security professionals to Israel, but this year they have created a new Advanced Program that kicked off this month, the company announced. The program is designed for experts in the field to learn about advanced topics, including exploring Israel’s Northern border to see how Israel handles threats there. SSI is already planning a second Advanced Program this November.

4. New York Sheriff Travels to Israel
Following his return from an American Israel Education Foundation trip to Israel, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association profiled Sheriff Ron Spike’s experience and the important lessons he learned. Spike explained that he and 20 other law enforcement officials learned airport security, observed shopping mall security, and visited a major prison, among other sites.

5. Israel’s Unit 8200 Head Many Successful Companies
Veterans of Israel’s elite cyber security division, Unit 8200, have gone on to found and head many successful start-up companies, both in Israel and the United States, Homeland Security News Wire reported. Unit 8200 is equivalent to the U.S. National Security Agency. The extensive training received in the secretive unit allows its veterans to hone the skills necessary to become successful in the realm of high-tech start-ups.
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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.