“There is an entire, expanding world that creates numerous economic opportunities in the field whilst there exists no programme that supplies all the components that should be known and brings them together in such a rich and precise manner”, says Meir Shalit, academic advisor of the programme and former head of the Supervision of Defense Exports Department of the Defense Ministry.
Although the Technion's main campus is in Haifa, the course itself will be conducted in Tel Aviv.
“We selected lecturers with tremendous experience who come directly from action in the field”, Shalit told TheMarker. “Thus, for example, in the section dedicated to Foreign Ministry supervision of defense exports will lecture Pini Avivi, the ministry's former deputy director”. Shalit added that “the course provides the collective experience of the industry representatives and we will work to bridge between the desire of the industry to export versus the interests of the state of Israel”.
“People aren't aware of how much money can be made in this field”, says Lietuenant Colonel (res.) Eyal Bar Or, who for years served in research and development positions in the air force and is today a high-tech entrepeneur, the owners of Bar-On Technology Ltd., and advisor to the Defense Ministry. “There is a good name for Israeli high-tech and also Israeli security, and the combination between the two is a winner. I sat with two guys who developed a programme and their first sale was to a country in Africa for $15 million, and this was only the beginning. The sky is the limit, but you must know a few rules”.
The rules to which Bar-On refers, according to TheMarker, relate to state-imposed limitations on weapons exports.
The Technion programme will further provide information on the legal and financial aspects of the defense exports industry, as well as issues related to cooperation between companies from different countries and working with foreign cultures.
Technion’s role in ethnic cleansing is extensive. One of their most notorious projects led to the creation of “a remote-controlled 'D9′ bulldozer used by the Israeli army to demolish Palestinian houses and the development of a method for detecting underground tunnels, specifically developed in order to assist the Israeli army in its continued siege on the Gaza Strip.”
Technion’s partnership with Elbit Systems, one of Israel’s largest private weapons manufacturers, has played a leading role in the construction and surveillance of the Apartheid Wall in Palestine as well as along the U.S.-Mexico border with its subsidiary Kollsman. Technion trains its engineering students to work for companies like Elbit dealing “directly in the development of complex weapons in the process of researching their academic theses.” As a reward, Elbit has been funding research grants in upwards of half a million dollars to Technion’s students conducting research.