US air defense chief praises Iron Dome and close partnership with Israel
In a recent conversation with Foundation for Defense of Democracies Brad Bowman the director of US Air and Missile Defense Brig. Gen. Brian Gibson praised the Iron Dome system. He said that the system should be ready by the end of the year. The US currently has two batteries of Iron Dome which was developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. “You have US Army air defense soldiers on them as we speak. So, there’s a series of activities we need to complete enroute to the end of this year. When we give them the thumbs up, things that you can imagine, of training, testing, and integration of US communications, a few other things,” said Gibson.
Bowman is a former Army Blackhawk pilot and former national security advisor to US senators, and he moderated the March 15 session with Gibson. Bowman is senior director of FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power. The discussion, titled ‘the spirit to field the army force of the future,’ included Brig. Gen. John L. Rafferty, who heads Long Range Precision Fires for the US and also Willi Nelson, Director, Programs and Technology, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. Lt. General Ed Cardon also provided introductory remarks.
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