May 19, 2016
AIPAC commends the U.S. House of Representatives for bolstering its support of U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. The House authorized a total of $600.8 million, which will help Israel defend its citizens against rocket and missile threats, and contribute to America’s missile defense programs.
The bill specifically authorizes:
- $268.8 million in research and development funding for U.S.-Israel cooperative missile and rocket defense programs;
- $62 million for procurement of the Iron Dome rocket defense system;
- $150 million for procurement of the David’s Sling missile defense system; and
- $120 million for procurement of the Arrow-3 missile defense system.
In addition, the House strongly supported continued U.S.-Israel anti-tunnel cooperation and provided initial funding for U.S.-Israel directed energy activities to combat missiles and rockets.
AIPAC applauds the leadership of House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) and Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Ranking Member Jim Cooper (D-TN) who ensured that these critical programs were included in the legislation. As Israel faces dramatically rising security challenges, AIPAC urges inclusion of these vital funds in the final versions of the Fiscal Year 2017 defense authorization and appropriations bills.