Chameleon leads tour of Israel

SSN Staff  - 
Friday, February 1, 2008

CANOGA PARK, Calif.--Chameleon Associates, a consulting and training firm in the security and emergency preparedness space, has organized an exclusive tour of security operations at some of Israel's most important pieces of critical infrastructure. Limited to 30 attendees, the trip will include visits to the Ben Gurion Airport, the Haifa seaport and Intel's Israeli facility, and include presentations from Israel's rail security director and the head of security at the Jerusalem central bus station.
Sponsoring the trip is Infrastruct Security, which specializes in protecting critical infrastructure, particularly petro-chemical facilities, along with Texas A&M University, which offers a degree program in homeland security.
"I wanted to make sure I was going with the real people," said Dan Weiss, chief executive officer at Infrastruct. "The problem is that in a post-9/11 world, everybody's a security expert in Israel, but these are actually the real security experts. We think this seminar offers an important message."
Amotz Brandes, managing partner at Chameleon Associates, was formerly a profiler for El Al Airlines, and founded the Chameleon Group in 1992, doing both executive protection and training. After Sept. 11, 2001, the company shifted its focus to exclusively training and consulting. He said he's led this kind of Israel trip twice before, and "the good thing about Israel is that it peels people's barriers away, it penetrates through them."