National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011

April 26, 2010
June 28, 2010
Placed on Senate calendar

1 cosponsor

Would authorize the secy. of defense to provide a $205 m. grant to Israel for it to procure Iron Dome missile batteries. Unlike the other missile defense systems for Israel funded by the U.S., the Iron Dome is produced solely by Israel’s Raphael Advanced Defense Systems, and not in collaboration with U.S. defense firms. Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak requested the additional funding for the Iron Dome during a visit to the U.S. in April 2010. President Obama requested the funds from Congress on 5/12/10. H.R. 6523 of 12/15/10 contained the same provision and was passed instead.

In its report accompanying the bill, the House Committee on Armed Services recommended that $209.7 m. be provided for Israeli ballistic missile defense systems being developed jointly by the U.S. and Israel. This represents an $88 m. increase over the Obama administration’s request. Of the total, $84.7 m. would go to the David’s Sling short-range ballistic missile system, $66.2 m. to procure missiles and components from Boeing and Israel aerospace industries for the Arrow-2 system, and $58.8 m. for research and development of the Arrow-3 system.

See also: similar measures S. 3454 and S. 3455 of 6/4/10 and H.R. 6523 of 12/15/10; and related measures H.R. 5327 of 5/18/10 and S. 3451 of 5/27/10.

5/28/10 passed in House 229-186.

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