Ted Lieu Intros Bill to Develop Energy Defense Tech with Israel
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced legislation on Thursday that, if passed, would permit the Department of Defense (DoD) to cooperate with Israel on developing anti-missile directed energy weapons. The DoD issued a report to Congress in 2017 on the merits of U.S.-Israel cooperation on directed energy, concluding that, “[t]he United States should pursue joint collaboration with Israel on directed energy capabilities.” The bipartisan bill, introduced with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), follows that recommendation. The U.S.-Israel Directed Energy Cooperation Act authorizes the DoD to carry out bilateral cooperation with Israel to develop directed energy capabilities that address threats to both nations. “Directed energy technologies like high-powered lasers and microwaves will be game-changers for our national defense, drastically improving our ability to counter ballistic missiles and other major threats,” Lieu said. “The U.S. should be leveraging all available expertise to bring these tools to bear.” More here.