Paul Handley / AFP via Getty ImagesBenny Gantz, left, Israel’s Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister, presents US Defense Secretary Mark Esper with a model of the Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system as they pose with Israeli Lt. Tovah Winick, a US-born Iron Dome launch site commander, in front of an Iron Dome launcher in Tel Aviv on Oct. 29, 2020. (Paul Handley / AFP via Getty Images)
By Mike Boyd
Published January 10, 2021 at 2:00pm
What began as a whimsical, sometimes mocked military concept has evolved and developed into an efficient missile defense system.
The Iron Dome was such a success in Israel against incoming rockets — and the U.S. Army was so convinced of the system’s ability to protect U.S. military personnel and material — that the military acquired two of the advanced missile defense systems from the Israel Ministry of Defense.