House Supports Funding for U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation
AIPAC applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for authorizing a total of $705 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)— representing a $558 million increase above the president’s budget request for these programs and $105 million over last year’s adopted funding level.
These funds will provide both R&D support and procurement funding for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 cooperative missile defense systems—programs which help Israel defend its citizens against rockets and missiles and also advance America’s own missile defense capabilities.
AIPAC commends the leadership of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Ranking Member Jim Cooper (D-TN). As Israel faces dramatically rising security challenges, AIPAC urges inclusion of these vital funds in the final versions of the FY 2018 defense authorization and appropriations bills.