Coming Soon
It's been a while, but as they say, better late than never. We finally made some time to redesign our blog and soon we will have our own independent website. The blog helped us reach a huge audience and generate a lot of interest in this area. As a result, the format and (utility) of the blog seems overwhelmed, hence the transittion to the dedicated site. The URL for the new site and content will be disclosed soon. Till then, enjoy the blog and continue to contribute to our posts.
 
 
Analysts differ on US F-16 sales to India, Pakistan
A former State Department official has criticised the US decision to sell F-16s to Pakistan while another South Asia expert says Indians found Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice "ill informed" about their country.

"Regionally, I think it is not wise to fuel an arms race. All things considered I would not have approved a sale of F-16s to Pakistan," said Dennis Kux, author of several books on India and Pakistan and a former State Department official.

"It is understandable the administration did what it did. But I wouldn't have," he added.

According to Professor Ainslie Embree, who was advisor to former US ambassador to India Frank Wisner, the Bush administration was trying to satisfy both India and Pakistan.

This, he contended, was "an impossible ideal and I suspect that they don't really care as much about either as they pretend".

Embree, who was in India when Rice visited the region, said: "Despite the American reporting, Rice did not impress people I have talked to. They found her curiously ill-informed about India and remarkably patronising."

Professor Stephen Philip Cohen of the Brookings Institution, however, supported the decision to sell F-16s to Pakistan and to India. Officials in New Delhi have indicated they may not go for the American planes.

Cohen said the sale should be "on condition that we use the leverage to get good things done. Particularly with Pakistan, the sale should be based on excellent performance on nuclear and terrorism issues".

He added: "With India it is a long-term strategic relationship. Clearly this is a break from the past, not because of any problem in India but rather it was mainly a problem with bureaucracy.

"Now the administration has recognised India is a responsible nuclear country, so also Pakistan."

Kux went on to say that trying to sell the same fighter aircraft to both India and Pakistan was "walking both sides of the street at the same time".

"Indeed they are doing what they said - separating the two - a Pakistan policy - rewarding Pakistan for its help. And an India policy - to work to have a broader based relationship with a rising power."

He contended that in contrast to the time last year when Washington without warning declared Pakistan a "non-NATO ally" much to India's surprise and dismay, this time around the F-16 sales to Pakistan were discussed beforehand with New Delhi.

From the Indian perspective, Kux noted, the sale to Pakistan was offset with the US promise to open up military exchanges and technology with India.

Referring to media reports that Washington had indicated it would help India with civilian nuclear plants technology, he said: "I don't think that ... is accurate. I think there are legal limits to what the US can do. I think it was sloppy reporting.

"The administration really wants to broaden and continue relations with India quite apart from Pakistan," he said.



Posted by Jehangir Unwalla @ 11:19 AM

 

 
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.

Thank you, Nik Khanna & Jango Unwalla

 
Search
About The Blog
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.
Cooperative Cope Thunder
Nikhil and Jehangir wrote an exhaustive article about the Cooperative Cope Thunder joint event. Their article was publihed in Vayu magazine. Click on the link below to read the in-depth article with amazing pictures courtesy of mark Farmer at topcover.com
Guard members are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
If you're looking for a way to serve your community and country while maintaining your full-time civilian career, the National Guard is for you. Click below to learn more about the proud history of the Army National Guard.
Archives
Links
 
Copyright © USIndiadefense, 2006.
All Rights Reserved