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Why More of Israel's Iron Dome Will Be Made in the U.S.

The Iron Dome air-defense system fires to intercept a rocket over the city of Ashdod on July 16 in Ashdod, Israel
The Iron Dome air-defense system fires to intercept a rocket over the city of Ashdod on July 16 in Ashdod, IsraelPhotograph by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

Most of the funding for Israel’s highly effective Iron Dome rocket-defense system has come from the U.S. In exchange for more funds, the Pentagon is now requiring Israel to buy more of the parts of the missile-defense system from American contractors, including Raytheon.

The Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee approved on Tuesday a draft 2015 defense spending bill that would double—to $350 million—current levels of U.S. funding of Iron Dome. The full appropriations panel will consider the bill on Thursday.