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High-tech connection: From Silicon Valley to Silicon Wadi

Original post made on Aug 7, 2008

As Israel's high-tech economy grows -- developing a venture-capital engine resembling the United States' and a crop of business-minded young technologists -- the exchange between Palo Alto and the Middle Eastern nation is growing.

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Posted by ??
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2008 at 12:06 am

Any connection to this and the huge development of the JCC? Are we expecting a big influx of Israeli immigrants?

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Posted by Albert
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 7, 2008 at 6:11 am

After the Phalcon deal--it's difficult for anyone to trust the Israelis to be remotely concerned about the safety of America forces deployed in/around China:

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The director of the Asian Studies Center at the
Heritage Foundation in Washington, Larry Wortzel
agrees. He says the Phalcon airborne radar system
would have allowed China to look out over not only the
Taiwan Strait but also the entire South China Sea.
Mr. Wortzel explains that because it is airborne, the
Phalcon system eliminates the limitations posed by the
horizon and the curvature of the earth that restrict
the range of surface radar systems.

That would have extended the range of both air-
to-surface and surface-to-surface and also air-
to-air missiles significantly for the People's
Liberation Army. They could have targeted
further and put more both potentially American
and Taiwan targets at risk, or Southeast Asian
targets at risk. It would permit the radar to
acquire a target and then to electronically send
out data to other aircraft or to the missile
itself that says, "Okay, there's your target.
Go get it."

The whole idea of Silicon Valley technology being transshipped through Israel to America's enemies is a sobering reality that all of us who deal with these people have to consider.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Los Altos
on Aug 23, 2008 at 1:44 pm


Most "Silicon Valley" technology these days is
developed overseas anyways as outsourcing is the
norm these days in the valley.

While it's true that the valley remains as a
nexus with regards to venture funding and
attracting good talent, much of the actual
implementation work is distributed to overseas
teams due to the (real or perceived) savings
in labor costs. Some might say our tax laws
even encourage this outsourcing.

Therefore, there are plenty of technology
transfers already taking place directly between
Silicon Valley and China.

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