A little-noticed provision in the Defense Authorization bill that cleared the House on May 22 ties funding for Israel missile defense to increased participation by American firms.

The $600 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) almost doubles next year’s funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense program, adding $175 million to the $176 million requested in President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal.

The Armed Services Committee report accompanying the bill, however, conditions the extra funding to assurances that American defense firms get a slice of the action and that the US government gets technical know-how from the program, which has cost American taxpayers $720 million since 2011. […]