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Letter

Grace Meng

From the office of:

Grace Meng

Sending Office: Honorable Grace Meng
Sent By:
Katharine.Nasielski@mail.house.gov

Support US-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation

Deadline: March 9th, COB

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Signatories: Cheri Bustos, Brian Fitzpatrick, Grace Meng,
Scott R. Tipton Michael Waltz, Randy K. Weber, Joe Wilson, Lee Zeldin

Dear Colleague,

U.S.-Israel defense cooperation is a critical investment that provides security and stability to the Middle East. We urge you to join us in ensuring that funding is maintained for United States-Israel defense cooperation, and sign the FY21 submissions request
letter, below, to the House Appropriations Committee on Defense regarding the following programmatic requests:

  • $73 million for the continued co-production and procurement of Iron Dome system components;
  • $127 million to continue development of block upgrades for David’s Sling, which includes extending the system’s range, improving its seeker capabilities and addressing cruise missile threats;
  • $50 million for the continued co-production and procurement of David’s Sling system components;
  • $77 million for the continued co-production and procurement of Arrow-3 system components; and
  • $173 million for the Arrow System Improvement Program (ASIP) to support completion of upgrades and related enhancements to ensure system survivability, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 launcher integration, and interoperability with U.S. systems.

These programs are essential to the safety and security of Israel. Prioritizing and ensuring robust funding for these programs is necessary to address the evolving threats posed by Israeli adversaries, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran – all of which
are developing more advanced short, medium, and long-range rocket and missile capabilities. Iran’s increasing presence in Syria reaffirms the need for these important defensive technologies. These programs also yield a tremendous return-on-investment for the
United States in the form of economic, technological, and military benefits.

The deadline for signing on is COB March 9th. To sign the letter, please fill out this formQuestions? Contact Katharine Nasielski in Rep. Meng’s office at Katharine.Nasielski@mail.house.gov or
Sara Matar in Rep. Zeldin’s office at Sara.Matar@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Grace Meng                                                                            Lee Zeldin
Member of Congress                                                              Member of Congress

 

Letter below:

Dear Chairman Visclosky and Ranking Member Calvert,

We greatly appreciate your efforts to advance U.S.-Israel defense cooperation – a critical investment that provides security and stability to the Middle East. Israel will require significant investment in Fiscal Year 2021 to defend herself against aerial
threats posed by a wide array of hostile adversaries. As you begin to work on the FY 2021 Defense Appropriations Bill, we respectfully request:

  • $73 million for the continued co-production and procurement of Iron Dome system components;
  • $127 million to continue development of block upgrades for David’s Sling, which includes extending the system’s range, improving its seeker capabilities and addressing cruise missile threats;
  • $50 million for the continued co-production and procurement of David’s Sling system components;
  • $77 million for the continued co-production and procurement of Arrow-3 system components; and
  • $173 million for the Arrow System Improvement Program (ASIP) to support completion of upgrades and related enhancements to ensure system survivability, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 launcher integration, and interoperability with U.S. systems.

In sum, we request $500 million, the amount requested in the President’s FY 2021 Missile Defense Administration Budget, and in keeping with the agreed upon ten-year Memorandum of Understanding, for U.S.-Israel missile defense programs.

As you know, these programs are essential to the safety and security of Israel. Prioritizing and ensuring robust funding for these programs is necessary to address the evolving threats posed by Israeli adversaries, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran –
all of which are developing more advanced short, medium, and long-range rocket and missile capabilities. Iran’s increasing presence in Syria reaffirms the need for these important defensive technologies. These programs also yield a tremendous return-on-investment
for the United States in the form of economic, technological, and military benefits.

The United States now benefits from utilizing U.S.-Israeli missile defense systems beyond the Middle East. Our forces face challenges from an emboldened, aggressive, and increasingly militarized Russia, North Korea, and other adversaries heightening our
immediate need for advanced missile defense systems to protect our forward-based forces and key fixed installations. The strength of the Iron Dome has been so significant that the U.S. Army procured the Iron Dome system to provide an important near-term capability
to U.S. forces.

As we see our enemies more emboldened and their capabilities growing, joint U.S.-Israel security cooperation is needed now more than ever. U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs are a win-win for the United States, as they save lives, prevent conflict
escalation and advance U.S. objectives by promoting regional stability and protecting a valuable ally.

During these challenging budgetary times we can and must prioritize federal funding for programs where federal involvement can have the greatest impact on the safety and security of the American people, our troops, and our allies. These highly advanced missile
defense systems have consistently been a key factor in Israel’s self-defense and further technological and operational advancements will be crucial moving forward. We want to thank the Committee for its past support and look forward to working with you to
sustain and advance the critical partnership between the U.S. and Israel.

Sincerely,

 

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