Defense Digest - March 2012

AIPAC's Defense Digest
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
IN THIS ISSUE MARCH 2012
1. Pentagon Expected to Request Increased Funding for Iron Dome 
2. Israel To Test Arrow-3
3. U.S. Delegation and IDF Work Together to Treat PTSD
4. Gen. Dempsey Meets with Israeli IDF Chief of Staff
5. Elbit Systems U.S. Subsidiary Awarded Navy Contract
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The Pentagon is expected to request more funding for Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system. Read more...

 

 

1. Pentagon Expected to Request Increased Funding for Iron Dome

The Defense Department is expected to request additional funding for the Iron Dome rocket defense system in the aftermath of an upsurge in rockets attacks against Israel, Defense News reported. In recent weeks, the Iron Dome was able to intercept more than 80 percent of targeted rockets fired from Gaza at population centers in southern Israel. The Pentagon’s statement of support for additional funding comes after high-level discussions between American and Israeli officials.

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2. Israel To Test Arrow-3 
Israel is planning a groundbreaking test of the Arrow-3 ballistic missile interceptor in the coming weeks, UPI reported. The Arrow-3 is jointly developed and funded by Israel Aerospace Industries and the Boeing Company, and is designed to intercept ballistic missiles such as Iran’s Shehab-3b and Sejjil-23. There is consensus within Israel that the Arrow-3 remains a top priority, despite defense budget restraints. IAI's Arrow Program Director Itzhak Kaya stated that these tests will "confirm the Arrow-3's effectiveness" and emphasized that the missile defense system is "more capable than ever to deal with future threats."

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3. U.S. Delegation and IDF Work Together to Treat PTSD
A delegation of American professors and lecturers went to Israel this month to learn about Israeli techniques to prevent and treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), YNet reported. The 40-person group was led by Prof. Marilyn Flynn, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California, which has received a Department of Defense contract to draft a plan for American military psychologists. The delegation met with top IDF psychologists and decision makers to exchange best practices. Noting the relatively low rate of PTSD among Israeli soldiers compared with American soldiers, Flynn said that Americans “discovered that Israel is better able to cope with this phenomenon, so we’ve come to learn from the IDF how to do this."

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4. Gen. Dempsey Meets with Israeli IDF Chief of Staff  
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey met earlier this month with his Israeli counterpart, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, in a meeting to discuss Iran and Syria, YNet reported. Dempsey stated a “regular and candid dialogue is critical,” and both countries face these shared challenges. "I'm glad we had the opportunity to discuss issues of importance to our two countries," he said.
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5. Elbit Systems U.S. Subsidiary Awarded Navy Contract    
EFW, a U.S. subsidiary of Elbit, an Israeli defense electronics manufacturer, has been awarded an $8.7 million contract, Helihub.com reported. The contract is a modification of a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract that focuses on providing hardware and installation to support the Helmet Display Tracking System in the AH-1W helicopters. The work is anticipated to be completed by 2013 and will be performed in both Israel and the United States, specifically Florida, North Carolina, and Haifa.
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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.