Va. county to host Israeli security technology conference


The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and the Israeli Export and International Cooperation Institute have announced a three-day advanced security technology conference Jan. 16-18 at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, Va.

The United States-Israel Technologies Conference will bring together U.S. technology firms, government contractors, federal officials and venture capitalists and 17 of Israel's leading homeland security technology companies, FCEDA said in an announcement today. The free conference is open to all interested technology companies.

Scheduled events include:

' 'The Technologies We Need to Prevent Weapons of Mass Destruction and Other Terror Attacks on the U.S. and Our Allies,' an address by James Gilmore, former governor of Virginia, and chairman of the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (Jan 16).
' 'Security Technologies Needed by the U.S. Government, Prime Contractors, and the Commercial Sector,' a panel discussion with government contractors. (Jan. 17)
' 'What You Need to Know Before Entering the U.S. Security Market ' Tips and Lessons Learned,' a panel discussion led by experts in security regulations, export controls, financial structure, marketing and mergers and acquisitions.
' 'The Investment Climate in Israel,' an address by Yair Shiran, Israeli economic minister to North America. (Jan. 18)

The conference is being sponsored by the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Virginia Israel Advisory Board.

Four more Israeli companies established offices in Fairfax County or expanded existing facilities this fall, raising the number of Israeli companies in Fairfax County to 20.

FCEDA maintains permanent offices in Tel Aviv, Silicon Valley, Calif.; Bangalore India; Frankfurt, London and Seoul.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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