U.S. ties Israel aid to Iron Dome technology access (WORLD TRIBUNE) WASHINGTON 05/02/12)
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WASHINGTON — The United States has conditioned aid for Israeli
missile and rocket defense to propriety rights in the new Iron Dome
Congress has stipulated that U.S. aid for the production of Israeli
missile defense systems would be linked to access to technology.
The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, in a
directive to the Missile Defense Agency, has approved $680 million
for the Iron Dome, designed to intercept missiles and rockets with a
range of up to 70 kilometers.
“The committee believes the [MDA] director should ensure, prior to
disbursing additional funds on Iron Dome, that the United States has
appropriate rights to this technology, as is consistent with prior
U.S.-Israel missile defenses cooperation,” the committee said in its
markup of the Defense Authorization bill for 2013.
This marked the first conditions stipulated for U.S. assistance to
advance Israel’s production of Iron Dome through 2015. In 2011,
Congress approved $205 million for at least six Iron Dome batteries,
Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
“Yet the United States has no rights to the technology involved,” the
House subcommittee said.
The markup, expected to be completed by June, called on the Missile
Defense Agency to explore the prospect of co-production of Iron Dome.
neither the U.S. military or the Defense Department has expressed
in the system.
“The secretary of defense shall establish within the Missile Defense
Agency of the Department of Defense an office to carry out subsection
and other matters relating to assistance for Israel’s Iron Dome short-
rocket defense system,” the subcommittee said.
The subcommittee said the United States should share missile defense
data from the AN/TPY-2 long-range radar deployed in Israel. In its
report, the panel, referring to Turkey, expressed concern that NATO
not relay warnings of Iranian ballistic missile launches to the Jewish
“The committee directs the [defense] secretary to provide verification
to the congressional defense committees within 90 days after the date
enactment of this Act that there are no international barriers to
with Israel any missile defense data derived from U.S. systems when
United States determines that the sharing of such data would further
national security goals,” the markup report said. (Copyright © 2012
East West Services, Inc. 05/02/12)
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