Senate Supports Funding for U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation
AIPAC applauds the U.S. Senate 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 over the president’s budget request and $105 million over last year’s adopted funding level.
We commend the leadership of Chairman of the Armed Services Committee John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Democrat Jack Reed (D-RI) for ensuring this important legislation’s passage. In July, the U.S. House of Representatives also authorized $705 million in its version of the NDAA.
This funding would support both R&D for and procurement of the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 cooperative missile defense systems—key programs which help Israel defend its citizens against rockets and missiles and also advance America’s own missile defense capabilities.
As Israel faces dramatically rising security challenges, AIPAC urges inclusion of these funds in the final version of the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act and appropriations bills.