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Pentagon backs Iron Dome funding

Pentagon backs Iron Dome funding

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner that the administration supports an additional $225 million in funding for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner that the administration supports an additional $225 million in funding for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.

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THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

1 000 DEFENSE PENTAGON
WASHINGTON, DC 20301-1000
The Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Mr. Majority Leader:
Due to recent missile defense activities associated with Operation PROTECTIVE EDGE, the
Government of Israel has requested $225 million in additional U.S. funding for Iron Dome to
accelerate production of Iron Dome components in Israel in order to maintain adequate
stockpiles. The Department of Defense has reviewed and supports this urgent request. These
funds would be in addition to the $17 6 million requested in the President's FY 2015 budget for
Iron Dome and also in addition to the proposed FY 2015 Congressional increase of $17 5 million
to offset the costs of initiating Iron Dome production in the United States. Since the start of
Operation PROTECTIVE EDGE, Iron Dome has saved countless Israeli lives.
In addition to national security and foreign policy concerns with regards to the Middle East, U.S.
industrial base issues are associated with support of Iron Dome. Per the Iron Dome Agreement
reached between the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Israeli Ministry of Defense on March
5, 2014, Israel will continue to develop co-production oflron Dome components in the United
States. However, Israel assesses that it will take another two to three years to reach full
production capacity in the United States, which would not address Israel ' s current shortfall. I
recommend that the $225 million noted above be exempt from the terms and conditions of the
U.S-Israel Iron Dome Procurement Agreement. However, all other funds appropriated by
Congress for Iron Dome should remain subject to the terms and conditions of this signed
international agreement.
On behalf of the Administration, I ask for your support in meeting Israel ' s critical missile
defense needs in light of the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
cc:
The Honorable Carl Levin
The Honorable James M. Inhofe
The Honorable Barbara A. Mikulski
The Honorable Richard C. Shelby
The Honorable Richard J. Durbin
The Honorable Thad Cochran
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THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
1 000 DEFENSE PENTAGON
WASHINGTON, DC 20301-1000
The Honorable John A. Boehner
Speaker of the House
U.S. House ofRepresentatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Mr. Speaker:
Due to recent missile defense activities associated with Operation PROTECTIVE EDGE, the
Government of Israel has requested $225 million in additional U.S. funding for Iron Dome to
accelerate production of Iron Dome components in Israel in order to maintain adequate
stockpiles. The Department of Defense has reviewed and supports this urgent request. These
funds would be in addition to the $176 million requested in the President's FY 2015 budget for
Iron Dome and also in addition to the proposed FY 2015 Congressional increase of $175 million
to offset the costs of initiating Iron Dome production in the United States. Since the start of
Operation PROTECTIVE EDGE, Iron Dome has saved countless Israeli lives.
In addition to national security and foreign policy concerns with regards to the Middle East, U.S.
industrial base issues are associated with support of Iron Dome. Per the Iron Dome Agreement
reached between the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Israeli Ministry of Defense on March
5, 2014, Israel will continue to develop co-production oflron Dome components in the United
States. However, Israel assesses that it will take another two to three years to reach full
production capacity in the United States, which would not address Israel's current shortfall. I
recommend that the $225 million noted above be exempt from the terms and conditions of the
U.S-Israel Iron Dome Procurement Agreement. However, all other funds appropriated by
Congress for Iron Dome should remain subject to the terms and conditions of this signed
international agreement.
On behalf of the Administration, I ask for your support in meeting Israel ' s critical missile
defense needs in light of the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
cc:
The Honorable Howard P. "Buck" McKeon
The Honorable Adam Smith
The Honorable Harold Rogers
The Honorable Nita Lowey
The Honorable Rodney P. Frelinghuysen
The Honorable Peter J. Visclosky
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