Separate technology paths and differing threats are defining how Israel, China and the U.S. are tackling development of missile defenses, a must-have capability in an era of rapidly proliferating, precision-guided ballistic weaponry. Israel is developing specialized ground-based defenses, such as its Iron Dome system, that can deal with hundreds of short-range artillery rockets and ballistic missiles fired from just beyond its borders. China is building what may soon become the world’s ...

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