Defense Digest - August 2012

AIPAC's Defense Digest
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship
IN THIS ISSUE AUGUST 2012
1. Agreement Reached By Pentagon for Israeli Systems on F-35 
2. U.S., Israel Participate in Joint Naval Exercise
3. U.S. Defense Secretary Hails U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation
4. Arrow Missile Defense System to Receive Upgrade
5. Iron Dome Moved to Protect Southern Israel
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During a visit to Israel, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta hailed U.S.-Israel security cooperation
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1. Agreement Reached By Pentagon for Israeli Systems on F-35

The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement to integrate unique Israeli systems, including radio and data link systems, into the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter beginning in 2016, The Jerusalem Post reported. While the deal allows Israel to install these systems in the jets they purchase, it also allows for a $450 million program for enhanced electronic warfare equipment that will benefit the United States and partner countries. This agreement is viewed as a strong sign of commitment for the program by Israel and Israeli companies, and allows for even greater collaboration between America and Israel on the Joint Strike Fighter.

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2. U.S., Israel Participate in Joint Naval Exercise 
The United States and Israel concluded a four-day naval exercise earlier this month, Ha’aretz reported. Known as Reliant Mermaid, the joint exercise focused on a search and rescue mission, and included the U.S. Aegis guided missile destroyer. The exercise between the two allies is a regularly scheduled event.

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3. U.S. Defense Secretary Hails U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited Israel earlier this month to tour strategic missile defense sites and discuss the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran, The Washington Post reported. Secretary Panetta met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak during his visit. While touring the Iron Dome anti-rocket battery, Panetta reiterated the importance of ongoing cooperation between the two allies. “This is the strongest alliance that we have ... and we will continue to strengthen the military relationship,” he said.

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4. Arrow Missile Defense System to Receive Upgrade  
Israel has planned to upgrade its Arrow missile defense system, Globes reported. The upgrade to the anti-missile system, which is jointly funded by the United States, will allow greater synchronization with U.S. systems. According to an Israeli official, the “accuracy and the reach will be greater” for the missile defense system, which U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently said is “designed to prevent wars.”
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5. Iron Dome Moved to Protect Southern Israel    
An Iron Dome anti-missile battery has been relocated to southern Israel in response to rocket fire in the area, UPI reported. The Iron Dome, which was developed by Israel and received funding from the United States, is mobile and can intercept threats from 40 miles away.
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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.