Israel's military intelligence switches focus from Iran to coronavirus

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Troops in Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate have refocused their research from enemies like Iran and Hezbollah to the deadly coronavirus, which has killed 60 Israelis in the past month.


When the virus took hold in Israel, officers and troops from the Military Intelligence Directorate’s Research Division and Unit 8200 opened a national coronavirus information center at Tel Hashomer Hospital, to work with the Health Ministry in order to help stop the spread of the virus.

“We understood last month that there is a gap in the information we have on the virus and that we needed to understand it,” said Col. N, the Commander of Military Intelligence’s Technology Department that specializes in analysis of the enemy’s technology and weaponry.
According to Col. N, whose name can’t be shared due to security reasons, some 300 officers and troops from the research division – “who used to do something completely different” – have been working around the clock to gather all available data on the disease.

“Over the past month we have been focused on a new enemy: corona,” he said.

Using the military’s capabilities to gather intelligence, they gather all available information on the virus from across the globe – such as official government statistics, academic research, social media and fake news, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning – to help the government, Health Ministry and the IDF’s Home Front Command make critical decisions.

Col. N told The Jerusalem Post that between 15-20 officers are in charge of over a dozen soldiers who focus on specific questions, speak with sources around the world and look at the statistics of the virus. Within a day or two can have the answer they are looking for.

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Israel's military intelligence switches focus from Iran to coronavirus

2020/04/1586257644.jpg
Read: 910     15:18     07 April 2020    

Troops in Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate have refocused their research from enemies like Iran and Hezbollah to the deadly coronavirus, which has killed 60 Israelis in the past month.


When the virus took hold in Israel, officers and troops from the Military Intelligence Directorate’s Research Division and Unit 8200 opened a national coronavirus information center at Tel Hashomer Hospital, to work with the Health Ministry in order to help stop the spread of the virus.

“We understood last month that there is a gap in the information we have on the virus and that we needed to understand it,” said Col. N, the Commander of Military Intelligence’s Technology Department that specializes in analysis of the enemy’s technology and weaponry.
According to Col. N, whose name can’t be shared due to security reasons, some 300 officers and troops from the research division – “who used to do something completely different” – have been working around the clock to gather all available data on the disease.

“Over the past month we have been focused on a new enemy: corona,” he said.

Using the military’s capabilities to gather intelligence, they gather all available information on the virus from across the globe – such as official government statistics, academic research, social media and fake news, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning – to help the government, Health Ministry and the IDF’s Home Front Command make critical decisions.

Col. N told The Jerusalem Post that between 15-20 officers are in charge of over a dozen soldiers who focus on specific questions, speak with sources around the world and look at the statistics of the virus. Within a day or two can have the answer they are looking for.

The Jerusalem Post



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