Defense Digest - June 2011

AIPAC's Defense Digest
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
IN THIS ISSUE JUNE 2011
1. Israel and U.S. Working Together To Create Missile Defense Center2. Israel Tests Joint U.S.-Israel Missile Defense System 3. U.S. National Guard Appoints Liaison to IDF’S Home Front Command4. IDF Creates New Defense Plan in Response to New Threats5. Israeli Security Clearance Now Accepted For U.S. Security Projects FPO photo

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1. Israel and U.S. Working Together To Create Missile Defense Center

Israel’s Ministry of Defense has partnered with the United Stated to develop a regional missile defense system to defend against missiles from Iran, Globes reported. This initiative will incorporate the Iron Dome, David’s Sling Weapon System, and Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile systems into a centralized anti-missile defense system capable of intercepting enemy missiles. Pentagon Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. General Patrick O'Reilly reported that this development would “help the U.S. and its partners in the region to defend themselves against the Iranian threat.”

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2. Israel Tests Joint U.S.-Israel Missile Defense System 
The Magic Wand, commonly known as David’s Sling Missile Defense System, will be fully operational in several years, Defence Talk reported. The Magic Wand is being developed in coordination with the American defense contractor Raytheon and the Israeli defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Designed to intercept cruise missiles and long- and short-range rockets, this system “successfully deals with threats that no other system in the world is capable of neutralizing,” said Pini Yungman of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

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3. U.S. National Guard Appoints Liaison to IDF’S Home Front Command
After extensive cooperation together, the United Stated National Guard will appoint a liaison to the IDF’s Home Front Command, The Jerusalem Post reported. The IDF Home Front Command appointed a liaison to the National Guard last April, and this cooperation will strengthen the initiatives they are already working on together. “Israel is small but we live under a real threat and we have experience that the Americans do not have and as a result they are interested in hearing what we know and how we do things,” said Lt.-Col. Chezy Deutsch, the IDF’s liaison to the National Guard.

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4. IDF Creates New Defense Plan in Response to New Threats 
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) is responding to regional uncertainty by developing a new multi-year defense plan named “Halamish,” or firestone, Aviation Week reported. The plan will cover emerging concerns such as ballistic missile defense, cyber warfare, and the possibility of war on multiple fronts. A cornerstone of the defense plan is missile defense technology developed in coordination with the United States, including the Iron Dome Missile Defense System, David’s Sling Weapon System, and the Arrow 3 Ballistic Missile Defense System.
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5. Israeli Security Clearance Now Accepted For U.S. Security Projects  
The United States has recognized Israeli security clearances for employees working on U.S. defense projects, Globes reported. This is a departure from the previous policy that stipulated that Israeli employees who were born in countries that are considered security risks would not be granted American security clearance, despite their current citizenship or Israeli security clearance status. This change in policy will facilitate greater cooperation between the United States and Israel on defense and security projects and initiatives.
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AIPAC's Defense Digest is a monthly summary of key articles highlighting the cooperative defense programs central to the strong and mutually beneficial strategic relationship between the United States and Israel. For more information on these issues, please contact AIPAC's defense team at defenseteam@aipac.org.