- NEW YORK -- Congress
is set to approve a plan to integrate the U.S. and Israeli missile defense
- The proposal, authored by U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.),
is part of the Defense Authorization Act passed late Wednesday by the U.S.
House of Representatives and due to be considered by the Senate before
Christmas break. Under the proposal, the secretary of defense must within
six months present a plan to Congress a plan "to improve the coordination,
interoperability, and integration of the U.S. National Ballistic Missile
Defense System with Israel's missile defense architecture," a statement
from Kirk's office said.
- Such a plan will help defend Israel against reported
plans by Iran to build missiles that can reach Israel, Kirk said. "Israel
will be the first and only country to fully integrate with the American
missile defense architecture," the statement said. "It is a symbol
of our shared values and a safer 21st century."