Two Nations to Share Military Logistics, Technology and Bases
Washington, DCDefense Minister Parrikar hosted Secretary Carteron board aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya stationed off Goa as a reciprocal gesture to Parrikar’s visit aboard USS Dwight D Eisenhower during his US visit last December.Secretary Ashton Carter is on a 3-day visit to India to discuss the US-India defense pact which will focus on co-production, co-development, technology sharing and foster a new defense strategic relationship in the Asia Pacific region. On Sunday,
India, the world’s biggest defense spender is keen on discussing production of fighter jets in India under the ‘Make in India’ program to replace its aging fleet as the French Rafael deal is yet to be clinched. The US is looking to sign key defense agreements that would streamline military interactions and strengthen rebalancing in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region in an effort to counter the growing power of China.
Secretary Carter, considered the architect of the US-India Defense Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) at the Pentagon is bullish about India saying, ‘We have a great partner in the form of India. India and our interests overlap in many ways. We are together to make the world safer.’
Before heading to New Delhi for DTTI talks Minister Parrikar said, ‘India will establish best defense ties with the USA. Many bilateral issues of importance will be discussed and finalized in New Delhi.’
The bilateral DTTI talks will seek to identify more military technologies for co-development and production including drones launched from ships for maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The US is keen that India sign three foundational agreements; the Logistic and Strategic Agreements (LSAs); the communication interoperability and security memorandum agreement (CISMOA) and the basic exchange and cooperation agreement for geo-spatial cooperation (BECA) which would allow the two militaries to use each other’s land, air and naval bases for resupplies, repair and rest. However, US troops can be in India only on the invitation by the Government of India and the agreements are not binding on either nation.
Mr. Vikram Chauhan, one of the co-founders of USINPAC said ‘Both Prime Minister Modi and President Obama are keen on advancing the new US-India defense strategic and logistical partnership. For the world to be a safer place we need closer and stronger US-India defense ties.’
In support of the US-India defense ties USINPAC announces the creation of Defense Technology India America Cooperation (DEFTIAC). Complementing the US-India Defense Trade & Technology Initiative (DTTI), DEFTIAC seeks to move the current one-off commercial sales trend, toward long-term participative defense and security business between small/medium enterprises in both countries.
The US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the voice of over 3.2 million Indian- Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal office and encourages political participation by the Indian- American community.