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US-India Defense Relationship - An Overview
In the aftermath of September 11, the US has looked at India in a whole new light. As 'natural allies" and democracies, joint training exercises, high-level visits and delegation exchanges have become familiar evidence of how US-India relations have changed significantly... the way both countries now view defence collaboration presages greater bilateral cooperation in the future.
A dramatic demonstration of the rapidly growing US-India defence relationship recently took place in the dense jungles of Mizoram (Eastern India). There, American Special Operations Forces engaged their Indian counterparts in joint combined training called Exercise Balance Iroquois 03-1/Vajra Prahar. This exercise taught some of the most elite units in the US how to employ combat teams in jungle terrain more effectively; detect the characteristics and modus operandi of terrorists operating within a jungle environment; and develop more effective tactics for tracking, patrolling, reconnaissance, surveillance, raids, and ambushes of terrorists operating in dense vegetation. Morale and camaraderie among the troops on both sides were outstanding, US and Indian units learning from one another about the challenges of combating terrorism in a jungle environment. Jokingly, it was reported that the US troops learned some hindi words to say to their Indian counterparts during exercise breaks.
This initiative is one of a string of “firsts” in the continuing transformation of US-India relations. US-India defense collaboration and cooperation has come a long way since the somewhat cold relations in the 80s and 90s. We have coordinated military exercises and exchanges, security and intelligence sharing and coordinated research and development. July 15-30 will see the first trip by the IAF to participate in multinational exercises in Alaska. During the week of June 23, 2004 a high level US Space delegation will mark a historic Space joint exploration conference in Bangalore. India plans to launch 40 satellites capable of collecting images of earth from space by 2008 and step up exports for rockets, satellites and other equipment. India also wants ISRO to be removed from a list of space agencies to which the US can export dual-use technology.
From virtually no interaction in January 2001, the United States and India today have completed seven major military exercises, including Geronimo Thrust in Alaska, yet another first-ever endeavour, which involved Indian forces and aircraft on American soil. Other significant milestones were the first USAF-IAF airlift inter-operability training operation, COPE INDIA 02, in Agra; and the first and largest peacekeeping command-post exercise ever held in South Asia, co-hosted by the Indian Army and US Army Pacific. It is expected that the 2 "natural allies" and democracies will further extend their defense and strategic partnership to offset global terrorism concerns.
The global defense industry is constantly shaping how borders are protected, wars are fought, terrorists are tracked and caught, and global security maintained. We aim to track news, policy, military exercises and strategic affairs between the world's largest democracies - India and the United States.
Given the vast interest and passion we have in this field, we decided to launch this blog to give visitors the ability to track these developments, exchange ideas and link to other sources of Information. Our primary sources and links can be found on the main page. Some of the pieces published herein our ours, otherwise it is reproduced from other sources (news, think-tanks or publications) to provide our readers the ability to interact and respond. The link to the original source can always be found under the article. Articles and op-ed pieces written by us include thoughts and opinions that are ours, not those of any government or political party. Last but not least, this blog is not-for-profit, nor is it financially supported by any corporation, entity or organization. It is purely to be used for informational purposes and not commercial and/or profit motives.
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This blog focuses on current issues concerning defense and national security for the world's largest democracy - India. It is updated regularly providing readers with in-depth information on technology transfer, acquisitions, counter-terrorism, security and military collaboration and strategic dialogue between India and the United States. The site includes links to top defense policy & research institutes, think-tanks, military sites and research organizations.
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