Kilmer, Bridenstine Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster U.S.-Israel Defense System
Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) introduced bipartisan legislation to keep the David’s Sling U.S.-Israel missile defense system moving forward. David’s Sling is a mid-range defense system designed to take down missiles from more than 180 miles away.
The bill would ensure continued support for the David’s Sling system, a joint project between the United States and Israel. Once operational, David’s Sling will be used to defend against medium and long range rockets and missiles. In Israel, the system would be used to supplement the existing Iron Dome system that protects against short range rocket attacks. The technology could also be used by the American military to keep our service members safe when deployed overseas. The joint project will further develop relationships between both nations, and has the potential to create new jobs in both countries.
“The first time I went to Israel I saw firsthand what it was like for little kids to live under threat,” said Kilmer. “As a parent of two girls I want to do everything we can to ensure that innocent civilians are protected from attacks. It’s important for us to bring this system online so we can help our ally in Israel and grow our economic partnership so we can better share innovative ideas and create 21st century jobs in both countries.”
“I am proud to support the David’s Sling Authorization Act, bipartisan legislation to authorize $286 million for David’s Sling procurement and R&D,” said Bridenstine. “Israel faces an immediate and growing missile threat. Hamas and Hezbollah and their supporters in Iran and Syria are developing more sophisticated and longer range missiles aimed squarely against our best ally in the Middle East. We recently witnessed the impressive performance of Iron Dome against short-range terrorist rockets. David’s Sling will provide additional protection by intercepting incoming missiles too far out of range for the Iron Dome. U.S.-Israeli co-development of David’s Sling demonstrates the unshakable American commitment to Israel’s security.”