WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, President and
Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA)
www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org discusses the relevance of the largest joint
U.S. - Israeli missile defense exercise held earlier this month in respect to
the volatility of the current and future situation in Iran and the rest of the
Middle East. His comments are below:
"During the early part of this month, 1,400 soldiers and personnel from the
U.S. European Combat Command and 1,400 Israeli soldiers from the Israel
Defense Force deployed in Israel with the most current missile defense weapon
platforms successfully exercised in a joint integrated forces mission to
defend Israel from the current and future threats of Lebanon, Syria, and Iran.
This was the largest missile defense force ever assembled between the two
countries to perform a missile defense exercise. The missile defense systems
and architecture deployed in this mission by the United States represented the
current missile defense architecture for Europe. The interoperability between
the Israel missile defense systems and those of the United States acting as
one cohesive unit both tactically and strategically was the main objective of
the mission. The firing solutions of these missile defense systems to
adequately protect and defend Israel present significant challenges as Israeli
soldiers cannot authorize the use and fire of U.S. systems and vice-versa.
These challenges along with operational readiness and war fighter proficiency
were successfully demonstrated, leaving Israel and the United States the most
confident they have ever been in their joint ability to protect and defend
Israel from a missile attack."
"As Iran demonstrated yesterday with their publicly announced war exercises
against Israel, this U.S./Israeli joint exercise comes at a pivotal time in
the Middle East when Iran has backed off President Obama and his
administration's request on exporting enrichment of uranium to the U.S. or
France and when Israeli Special forces recently intercepted the ship 'Francop'
suspected of carrying Russian missile parts for the Russian S-300s a
surface-to-air missile and air defense system. Iran has purchased the S-300s
from Russia for most likely air defense of their nuclear sites housing
centrifuges and missile fields from the Israeli Air Force."
"Having demonstrated confidence in a large interoperable missile defense force
that combines U.S. and Israeli intercept missiles, sensors, systems and
soldiers provide immense security and stability to the region and its
inhabitants to include the populations and deployed forces located there. This
allows the diplomatic inroads, international sanctions and pressures to
continue to bear on Iran without fear or credibility of a military missile
strike. This substantial missile defense demonstration also brings forth
considerable messages to Iran on investment into missile systems. However,
Israel can also look at this demonstration as giving the Israeli public more
confidence they can withstand a Iranian missile strike and may choose to be
the aggressor if U.S. diplomacy fails and before Iran has enrichment
capability and deployment of Russian S-300s are in place defending those
nuclear centrifuge sites or missile fields. "
"The U.S. Missile Defense Systems used in the mission included the a U.S.
Aegis Missile Defense capable ship in the port of Haifa, a THAAD Battery, a
AN/TPY-2 Forward-based X-Band Radar, two Patriot 3 batteries and the battle
management C2BMC out of EUCOM in Germany."
"The Israeli missile defense systems used in the mission included Israeli
purchased Patriot 2 batteries, the Israeli Arrow 2 block 4 missile defense
systems including the Green Pine and Super Green Pine radars with their fire
control systems and yet to be deployed Israel/US joint David Sling, a
ground-based air-to-air missile defense system for short-range missiles and
"The United States Government with Congressional and Presidential approval
continues to fund Israel missile defense requests as 2010 budget request will
provide around $200 million to Israel for missile defense. "
"Unlike anywhere else in the world Israel has and continues to be under
consistent rocket and missile attack, they have a duty to protect their
citizens and country. The United States has the responsibility to protect its
friends and allies from harm."
SOURCE Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance
Barbara Maxwell of MDAA, +1-703-299-0060