Rosen calls for full funding for US-Israel cooperation on missile defense
WASHINGTON, DC – Today US Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced that she has joined Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) in a bipartisan letter Calls for $ 500 million to fully fund U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs under the Defense Resources Act for Fiscal Year 2022. Israel’s missile defense system consists of four operational tiers: Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 In addition to helping to defend against ballistic missiles, the funds will also support important research, development and test activities aimed at combating hostile unmanned aerial vehicles.
“The joint American-Israeli cooperation on missile defense on Israel’s multilayer missile defense system has been of fundamental importance for the defense of Israel since the 1980s. The congress consistently supported this project “, wrote the senators. “US-Israeli cooperation has resulted in a system that can and has countered numerous missile threats from state and non-state actors by opponents in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Iran and elsewhere. This system enables Israel to protect lives at home and on the battlefield and to protect its citizens and soldiers from danger. ”
The full letter from the senators can be found here and below:
Dear Chairman Tester and Ranking Member Shelby:
Thank you for this committee’s strong support for U.S.-Israel collaborative defense programs, including Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow, and for our continued collaboration on unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAS). As you begin work on the FY 2022 Bill, we ask that you receive US $ 500 million for continued assistance to meet the national security needs of the United States and Israel.
US-Israeli joint missile defense cooperation on Israel’s multilayer missile defense system has been fundamental to the defense of Israel since the 1980s. The congress consistently supported this project. Israel’s missile defense system consists of four operational layers: Iron Dome (short range), David’s Sling (medium range), Arrow 2 (longer range), and now Arrow 3 (very long range). US-Israeli cooperation has resulted in a system that can and has countered numerous missile threats from state and non-state actors by opponents in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Iran and elsewhere. This system enables Israel to protect lives at home and on the battlefield, and to protect its citizens and soldiers from harm.
This collaborative program has also created an important flow of data and invaluable insights to aid vital U.S. missile defense technology while protecting our strategic ally Israel and our service members in the region. This program works in conjunction with our ongoing operations in the area and increases interoperability between US and Israeli systems and forces. In addition, the program supports critical elements of the industrial base and critical jobs here in the United States through co-development and co-production agreements.
Another area that is vital to both the United States and Israel is in the area of the UAS and perhaps equally important in the area of the counter-UAS. In February 2020, the US Defense Innovation Unit announced that it had selected Israeli company D-Fend Solutions to deploy a counter-drone system for the FBI and the US military. This technology was jointly developed with the United States’ Technical Support Office to fight terrorism. CTTSO has played a critical role in US-Israeli collaboration and innovation.
For FY 2022, in addition to ballistic missile defense, US $ 500 million will be continued in important research, development and test activities to combat hostile unmanned aerial systems. This funding will advance the development of a number of systems designed to address the imminent threats to American and Israeli forces.
Together, these programs meet the pressing challenges facing both Israel and the United States and form a strong foundation for the lasting friendship of our nations. We look forward to working with you on these important programs.