Iron Dome: Lessons for the United States?

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Date(s) - 10/22/20149:00 am - 10:30 am

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The recent conflict between the State of Israel and the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip will likely be seen as a harbinger of future warfare with the development and launch of thousands of ‘DIY’ missiles by Hamas against Israeli population centers defeated by Israel’s revolutionary Iron Dome missile defense system.

Despite repeated, outdated, and misplaced criticism Iron Dome successfully defended Israelis and confounded its critics, and this success represents a turning point in the history of missile defenses. Further, the Hamas missile offensive provides us with a glimpse of how the missile threat will endure in what many defense analysts, such as David Kilcullen, believe will be an age of urban warfare. With reasonably sophisticated weapon systems such as ballistic missiles now able to be manufactured in basements and garages and then launched from and into complex urban environments, what lessons can the United States draw from the Israeli experience with the Iron Dome missile defense system? What lessons can we draw for other missile defense capabilities and systems from the Iron Dome experience? Does Iron Dome settle once and for all the missile defense debate, or is it an isolated example?

All these and other issues related to Iron Dome were be examined and discussed by the following panel of distinguished analysts:

  • Thomas Karako, Visiting Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
  • Michaela Dodge, Policy Analyst, Defense and Strategic Policy, The Heritage Foundation.
  • Rebeccah L. Heinrichs, Fellow at the George C. Marshall Institute.

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