Pentagon to request additional funds for Iron Dome

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER,
March 28, 2012 00:30

The Pentagon indicated Tuesday that it would be requesting additional funds for Israel's Iron Dome budget following conversations with Israeli officials.

Congress has unveiled legislation authorizing such a budget request and the Pentagon statement was welcomed by several members on Capitol Hill. In the past the US approved a $205 million infusion for Iron Dome systems, though it was not immediately clear whether that amount would be matched in the new budget cycle.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak welcomed the announcement, describing it "another expression if the depth of Israeli - American defense ties," and a "badge of honor for Israeli defense industries which developed Iron Dome."

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