Ashkelon’s one-man iron dome – Journeys


The summer of 2014 has been one of the most intense in Dr. Alan Marcus’ life. The 66-year-old Bostonian is Director of Strategic Planning and Chief Resilience Officer for the rocket-battered city of Ashkelon, where he has lived for the past 40 years.

Marcus set up a groundbreaking “Geographic Information System,” enabling the Homefront Command to provide instant aid and assistance to populations and buildings within the missile impact zones in the city.

The system he developed is one of the reasons the City of Ashkelon has been chosen to be part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s ‘100 Resilient Cities‘ network project. It’s also one of the reasons he feels safe there.

Dangerous? Not at all, he says.

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Photo: Alan and Lanie Marcus. Courtesy of Alan Marcus.

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