India Gets NATO Ally-Like Status

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By jyoti July 8, 2019 15:25

The U.S. Senate has passed a legislative provision that brings India at par with America’s NATO allies and countries such as Israel and South Korea for increasing defense cooperation.

Details

  • The proposal was contained in the National Defense Authorisation Act, or NDAA, for the fiscal year 2020.
  • It is must-pass legislation that determines defense policies and budget.
  • The Bill would be signed into law after both the chambers of the U.S. Congress — the House of Representatives and the Senate — passes it.

What are its advantages to India?

  • India would be on par with America’s NATO allies like Japan, Australia, and South Korea.
  • It would enable the transfer of advanced defense technology to India and in implementation of a major defense partnership with the US.
  • The amendment provides for increased U.S.-India defense cooperation in the Indian Ocean in the areas of humanitarian assistance, counter-terrorism, counter-piracy, and maritime security.
  • In recognition of the shared democratic values and commitment to free navigation, another suggestion in the budget document is to increase engagement with India in multilateral frameworks “to promote regional security and defend shared values and common interests in the rules-based order”.
  • It said the quadrilateral dialogue among the US, India, Japan, and Australia should be enhanced.

India-US defense partnership

  • The US had recognized India as a “Major Defence Partner” in 2016, a designation that allows India to buy more advanced and sensitive technologies from America at par with that of the US’ closest allies and partners, and ensures enduring cooperation into the future.
  • India and the US had signed the COMCASA (Communications, Compatibility and Security Agreement) last year.

The two countries are also in advance discussion to sign another foundational agreement of the BECA (Basic Exchange Cooperation Agreement).

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