U.S. House lawmakers are recommending Congress provide an additional $849 million for Israeli weapon programs in the Pentagon’s 2013 budget, Defense News reported Tuesday, May 15. This includes $680 million for the Iron Dome rocket defense system, $34 million for the joint U.S.-Israeli Arrow anti-ballistic missile system and $111 million for David’s Sling,
which is being designed to counter medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles. The House Appropriations subcommittee on defense outlined the increases in its markup of the defense appropriations bill. The full committee is scheduled to review the legislation May 17. The Pentagon had requested $99.8 million for Israeli Cooperative Programs in its 2013 budget request, submitted to Congress in February.