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US Company Sues Israeli Army for ‘Stealing’ Military Technology Secrets

US Company Sues Israeli Army for ‘Stealing’ Military Technology Secrets

Thursday, 17 March, 2022 - 09:45
Israeli Court in Jerusalem (File photo: AFP)

A US company that produces military technology filed a lawsuit at the Tel Aviv District Court against the Israeli Ministry of Defense and a brigadier general, claiming they stole technology secrets and used them in military training of combat units without permission.

Conflict Kinetics (CK) filed a suit claiming the Chief of Paratroopers and Infantry Corps for Israeli Defense Forces, Brigadier General Dan Goldfus, and under his responsibility as an envoy of his military establishment, obtained classified information about a combat training program.

CK claimed that Goldfus retrieved the information with malicious intent and used them in Israeli training programs, without permission and through a flagrant violation of rights.

The company said the information was provided to an Israeli company that manages war scenarios for the Israeli army, making these violations the responsibility of Goldfus, the military, and the Ministry of Defense.

Conflict Kinetics is one of the major companies that provide services to the US Army and Central Intelligence (CIA) and many of the armies and police in the world.

The Israeli military, the General Intelligence, and the Foreign Intelligence explored the possibility of cooperation with the company in 2015. Three years later, the Israeli naval commandos decided to test its system in military exercises, and negotiations began for this purpose.

According to the lawsuit, several delegations traveled to the US company, including senior officers and major generals.

The company explained its operations and technology but found later that the Ministry of Defense had chosen an Israeli company to run these exercises and that this company had started working while negotiations were in process.

The ministry had deceived and misled Conflict Kinetics, which later discovered that the Israeli company was operating according to the US company’s systems without its permission.

The Israeli court initially rejected this lawsuit for technical reasons but accepted it on Wednesday.

Conflict Kinetics announced that it would file a similar lawsuit against the Ministry of Defense, the Israeli army, and its generals at a US court. It demands that Israel stops using its technology and also seeks financial compensation for its losses.

The Ministry of Defense and the Israeli army denied the accusations, saying the Israeli company was chosen after winning a tender.

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