11 May '13, 5pm

Israel Building Up Rocket Response, Early Warning

TEL AVIV — In just six months as commander of Israel’s Air Defense Forces, Shahar Shochat presided over the largest joint drill with the US, led Iron Dome defenders through eight days of high-intensity rocket attacks from Gaza and is poised on high alert to defend against possible retaliation from early May airstrikes against Syrian-based missiles destined for Lebanese-based Hezbollah. At the same time, Shochat is managing an unprecedented buildup of the fastest growing arm of the Israeli military. Within a year, he expects to deploy additional Iron Dome batteries and debut David’s Sling to strengthen Israeli defenses against tens of thousands of rockets and missiles threatening beyond Israel’s borders. An air defense professional of nearly 29 years, Shochat bears scars from Israel’s inability to defend against Iraqi Scud-class missiles during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, as...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130511/DEFREG04/3051...

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