At the end of August, the inauguration ceremony of the new headquarters of the school of software and cybersecurity of the IDF communication branch took place in collaboration with Ben-Gurion University and high-tech companies of the Technology Park.Advanced (ATP).
The school is the first communications department to move south as part of the national movement to strengthen the Negev, following the government’s decision to move the IDF south. The new headquarters of the branch is being built next to the ATP. The school’s professional courses will be the “entrance” to the world of software and cybernetics within the IDF. This move will help preserve, develop and empower the technological human strength of the IDF, while creating opportunities and space for new partnerships in the South.
Professor Daniel Chamovitz, president of Ben-Gurion University, said: “…I salute the members of the communications department, led by Colonel Eran Niv, who have made this dream a reality. They did it because they understood that this was the fulfillment of the will of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, and because they see the connection between technology units and Ben-Gurion University, in addition to industry in our Advanced Technology Park, as a ecosystem where everyone benefits from the glory of the state of Israel. The soldiers’ and officers’ understanding of the significance of their transition testifies that they are indeed following the path charted by David Ben-Gurion.”
The IDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General. Aviv Kochavi, “From the day, ten years ago, the first thoughts were planted to hasten the relocation of IDF bases to the Negev, to today and into the future, the IDF has supported and supported, pushed and will push to achieve the vision and move bases and soldiers to the Negev.Since its inception, the IDF has placed many of its bases and units in the Negev, and over the past decade, the transition to the south has accelerated.The training campus has been established, and thousands of soldiers pass through every year the doors; The Air Force combined Base 27 and Base 28 in Nevatim, most combat support soldier training moved to the south, then the communications department and the intelligence department joined the process.These are milestones that testify as 1000 witnesses that words and plans do indeed act and we recently laid the foundation stone for the construction of the main military intelligence base in the south After a year of effort, not without effort, the fruit of our insistence has matured and today we dedicate the transfer of the first unit of 1,000 service people to Beer-Sheva. »
Gav-Yam Dir.-Gen. Avi Jacobovitz, “We have before us today a process of national and historical importance and a central and strategic rationale for the creation of the ‘Gav-Yam Negev’ high-tech park – the opening of the software and cybersecurity school of the communication branch in the heart of the park. Gav-Yam Negev” is the expression of innovation in every sense of the word, a global technological vision that comes to fruition in Beer-Sheva. The park is home to about 70 Israeli and multinational companies , some of which are world leaders. When completed, the park will cover 200,000 square meters and will employ more than 10,000 employees, with an investment of approximately NIS 1.5 billion. IDF’s entry into this space will catalyze a new ecosystem in the Negev that will deliver meaningful collaborations and a new technological reality.”
Source: Ben Gurion University & Israel Valley