This annual bill provides the legal authority to the Dept. of Defense to carry out its activities. It authorizes the secy. of defense to provide $205 m. to Israel for the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system. 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. See H.R. 5327 of 5/18/10 for more on the Iron Dome.
Authorizes construction of a testing facility to develop a land-based SM-3 (Aegis Ashore) missile defense system at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. The SM-3 is being developed only by U.S. companies but is intended for use by U.S. forces and as a backup missile defense system for Israel should its unproven Arrow-3 system fail.
See also: similar measures H.R. 5136 of 4/26/10, and both S. 3454 and S. 3455 of 6/4/10; and related measures H.R. 5327 of 5/18/10 and S. 3451 of 5/27/10, and H.R. 6523 of 12/15/10.
Became public law 111-383 (12/22/10 passed in Senate by unanimous consent; 12/17/10 passed in House 341-48).