Friday, January 20, 2017

Outgoing US Ambassador to India Lists Defence Accomplishments As He Demits Office

Strategic, Defense and Security Ties  
 
Defense sales topped $15 billion  

Closed long pending deals on howitzers, attack and transport helicopters, and transport and surveillance aircraft  Intensified complexity and number of military exercises – India continues to do more military exercises with the United States than with any other nation 

Created seven new Defense Technology and Trade Working Groups, moved forward on several government to government pathfinder projects and exploring new and groundbreaking projects on developing advanced vertical lift helicopter and a future ground combat vehicle 

Signed the long-pending Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement to improve cooperation between our militaries  

Designated India a Major Defense Partner, an elevated status that treats India as a close ally for the purposes of technology transfer 

Agreed to a U.S.-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region to promoting peace, prosperity and stability in those region  Revived the U.S.-India-Afghanistan
Trilateral Dialogue  

Strongly supported India’s entry into the multilateral export control regimes  Signed a far-reaching intelligence sharing agreement (HSPD-6) to improve homeland defense

Jointly trained UN Peacekeepers, Afghan women entrepreneurs and African farmers in U.S./India efforts that are increasingly having a global reach and impact 

Signed a comprehensive new agreement on Cyber Security and renewed our cooperation on sharing cyber threats and working together to deal with cyber intrusions and protect critical infrastructure 

Deepened our space cooperation to include support for India's successful Mars mission, and launched new initiatives to study atmospheric hazards and global environmental change 

Resumed the critically important recovery missions for the missing WWII serviceman who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Northeast India -- several missions have taken place, remains have been recovered and more missions are scheduled to occur

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