This morning I asked the question: Should the U.S. (DoD) buy from Israel?
I linked to a story by Sharon over at Danger Room about the Army's plans for Active Protection System and how NBC is reporting that story.
Then DTI freelance reporter, David Eshel, filed a story from Israel on the Trophy system that is being compared to the American Raytheon Quick Kill system.
Our number one reader, Peter, left this comment that I want to upgrade to part of this post:
Should U.S. buy Israeli?
I guess I would ask some questions first.
1) Is it a military capability we need?
2) Is the system effective and reliable?
3) Is it cost effective for the US taxpayer?
4) Is this a military industrial capability we need to keep in the US for security reasons ?
5) Is buying from that company or country not in the US national interest ?
The only question that concerns me is, Is it a military capability we need?
It is IEDs that are the problem in both Iraq and Afghanistan -- not RPGs. Why buy or develop any system at this time?
We do not need the military capability at this time. When we do need it, by all means buy from the Israelis, if it is the best system.
Short answer -- No.
Peter says 'no', in this case. He doesn't think we should buy APS at this time at all, but is open to buying Israeli if it's ultimately needed.
What do you think? Do we need APS now? If so, should we buy Israeli or American? Please give us your opinion in the comments.