AIPAC applauds the U.S. Congress 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). The Senate and the House of Representatives have now adopted the NDAA bill, which contains funding that represents a $558 million increase over the president’s budget request and $105 million over last year’s adopted funding level.
On a bipartisan basis, the Senate and House of Representatives have now adopted funding that 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 that help Israel defend its citizens against rockets and missiles and also advance America’s own missile defense capabilities.
In addition to the support of missile defense cooperation, this legislation also extends the authorization of funding for critical U.S.-Israel anti-tunnel cooperation.
We commend the bipartisan leadership of Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) for ensuring this result.
As Israel faces dramatically rising security challenges, AIPAC urges inclusion of these funds in the FY 2018 appropriations legislation.