Israel: February 15, 2004


Israel's Arrow ABM (anti-ballistic missile) program is a two billion dollar collaboration between Israel and the United States. But Israel is upset when they found out that the American firm, IBM, had Egyptian software engineers work on upgrades to the Arrow software. Israeli security officials feared that the Egyptians engineers might have been contacted by Egyptian military intelligence and made to insert a "Trojan Horse" program in the software. This would have caused the Arrow missile to fail under certain conditions (like intercepting missiles coming from the south, where Egypt is.) IBM denied that this was possible, but removed the Egyptian engineers from work on the Arrow software. IBM maintains software development operations in Israel and Egypt (and dozens of other countries) and regularly had the Egyptian and Israeli engineers work together on projects for Middle Eastern clients.




Help Keep Us From Drying Up

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling.

Each month we count on your contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage.
Subscribe   Contribute   Close