Sunday, September 28, 2008

Message sent...

The September 17th blog entry, Of Interest, noted Israel's opening of a large new airbase in the Negev. Well now this should be of even more interest - the U.S. just deployed a AN/TPY-2 Transportable Radar Surveillance/Forward Based X-band Transportable radar to the Nevatim air base, along with all its components and approximately 120 associated personnel (including technicians, maintenance specialists, and troops/security forces to operate and defend the installation). This radar is designed to detect and track ballistic missiles (presumably Iranian!) soon after launch.

This marks the "first permanent U.S. military presence on Israeli soil." Presumably a future President Obama and Vice President Biden are comfortable with this decision! However, this remains a huge, potentially problematic development....

EuCom deploys radar, troops to Israel
Obama: Israel's security is sacrosanct
Candidate Biden: U.S., Israel Joined at the Hip