AIPAC Commends House Armed Services Committee for Authorizing U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Funds

THE AMERICAN ISRAEL PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
AIPAC Press Release
AIPAC Commends House Armed Services Committee for Authorizing U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Funds

April 30, 2015

AIPAC praises the House Armed Services Committee for including substantial U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense funding in the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that it approved today. AIPAC expresses appreciation to Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Democrat Adam Smith (D-WA) for their leadership in providing funds totaling $474 million, and to other members of the committee who worked to support these critical programs. The funds will help Israel defend its citizens against rocket and missile threats, while also helping advance the capabilities of America’s armed forces.


The bill authorizes procurement funds of $41.4 million for the Iron Dome rocket defense system and $165 million for the David’s Sling and Arrow-3 missile defense programs. The bill also includes $267.6 million in research and development (R&D) funding for U.S.-Israel cooperative missile and rocket defense programs.

In a new development, the committee unanimously accepted a bipartisan proposal by Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Gwen Graham (D-FL) authorizing R&D funding to develop an anti-tunneling defense system that could be used to protect Israel and U.S. forces from terrorist attacks.

AIPAC urges the full House and Senate to include these vital funds in the final versions of the Fiscal Year 2016 defense authorization and appropriations bills.