Tribune press service
New Delhi, October 2
India and the United States discussed the growing military partnership, including through enhanced cooperation in new areas of defense such as space, cybersecurity and emerging technologies.
The Chief of the Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, during his first visit to the Pentagon, exchanged Friday on the priorities for advancing Indo-American relations with the United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin.
Secretary Austin underscored the United States’ commitment to support the transition of the Indian armed forces towards greater institutional integration and operational articulation. They also discussed possibilities of expanding multilateral cooperation with a regional partnership, according to a statement from the United States.
The two countries are working together with like-minded partners to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific, he added.
Meanwhile, in a separate development in India, it was announced that the two countries have decided to establish a Joint Defense Industrial Security Working Group which will develop a protocol for the exchange of classified information between industries of the defense of the two countries.
The group will meet regularly to align policies allowing defense industries to collaborate on critical defense technologies, it was announced Friday after a five-day meeting between the two sides. The Indian side was led by the Designated Security Authority Anurag Bajpai while David Paul Bagnati represented the United States.
The Industrial Security Agreement (ISA) was signed between the two countries in December 2019 to facilitate the exchange of classified information between the defense industries of the two countries. This was to create a roadmap for the implementation of the ISA. The DSA also visited Indian defense industries in preparation for a roadmap.
Rawat, Austin meet
- Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat speaks with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin
- The two countries aim to strengthen cooperation in the fields of space, cybersecurity and emerging technologies