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  • Terror related Post-Traumatic Stress: The Israeli Experience
    Both Israel and Gaza are a "perfect laboratory" for studying Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety related ailments. The level of chronic anxiety here is so great and so constant that it seems the ideal place for research on cognitive therapy. Unfortunately, only in Israel has there been a substantially organized effort to study these phenomena in an orderly fashion and several trauma researches have recently become available to the public.
  • IED Blast related Brain Injuries: The silent killer
    Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) have now added a new dimension to battlefield injuries: Injuries and even deaths among troops who have no external signs of trauma but whose brains have been severely damaged. The insurgency war in Iraq and Afghanistan has reinstated one of the worst afflictions of World War I trench warfare: shell shock.

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International Awarded Long Awaited Order for 1200 MRAP Vehicles

The US Marine Corp Systems Command issued a new order for the procurement of 1,200 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP CAT I) 4x4 vehicles, to be produced by International Military and Government LLC (IMG) of Warrenville, Ill. This is the largest single order for MRAP issued so far, worth slightly over $623 million. All vehicles are scheduled for delivery by February 2008. International is one of the largest truck manufacturer in the US market. For the armor design the company joined forces with Plasan Sasa from Israel, which also developed an armor suite for IMG's MXT vehicle. Plasan has already provided armor suites for several vehicles operated by the USMC, including the MTVR truck and LVSR trucks, both produced by Oshkosh.


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