US and Israel Set Strategic Alliance in Emerging Science and Technology | Hogan Lovells
Following President Biden’s visit to Israel, the United States and Israel announced a new strategic technology alliance in pandemic preparedness, including disease surveillance, early warning, and rapid countermeasures; artificial intelligence for optimization in transport, medicine and agriculture; the response to climate change, including water, waste and clean and renewable energy technologies; and scientific exchange programs in quantum computing and other fields.
On July 13, during President Biden’s multi-day visit to Israel, President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid announced a new strategic technology alliance. The announced alliance between the United States and Israel covers the following areas:
- Pandemic Preparedness – explore cooperative technology R&D projects, including technologies for disease surveillance and early warning, and for rapid medical countermeasures (within 60-90 days);
- Climate – cooperative R&D and/or technology deployment projects to provide equitable climate solutions (e.g. water reuse, solid waste management and clean and renewable energy) with the main aim of developing tools capable of impacting the global climate crisis;
- Artificial intelligence – cooperation on AI technologies in transport, medicine, agriculture, public sector regulation and ethics; and
- Quantum – cooperation in the field of quantum information science.
The partnership will have an inter-agency format, with annual meetings held alternately in the two countries, the first of which is scheduled for Israel this fall. The high-level strategic dialogue on technology will be established by the countries’ national security advisers, indicating that this is an issue of paramount strategic importance to both countries.
Read the full joint statement between the United States and Israel here.
Israel’s role as an innovation ecosystem
The joint statement committed the United States and Israel to expanding their innovation ecosystems, advancing emerging technologies, and finding creative solutions to unprecedented global challenges by promoting a common agenda on the world stage.
It should be noted that before this partnership with Israel, the United States had only three similar partnerships in the fields of AI and quantum with Great Britain, Australia and Japan. This speaks to Israel’s economic resilience and its status as a leading nation in technology and innovation. Israel ranks among the top five globally in number of start-ups per capita and venture capital per capita, and is widely regarded as a global center for technological and scientific innovation.
In the announcement of the strategic alliance, Prime Minister Lapid said, “This joint announcement puts Israel at the forefront of global innovation and reinforces its status as a leading technological power. Our vision of one million people in high tech begins with international cooperation that will bring new opportunities for Israel’s high tech sector.”
The announcement of the strategic alliance sets expectations regarding the future announcement of the implementation of the alliance, including the form of such cooperation and the resources to be invested in such projects.