Introduction :The article discuss about the new developments in Indo-US defence ties.
The defence relationship between the two countries are flourishing very fast. Some of the legacy issues finally nearing closure; others are new entrants in the bilateral agenda.
- LEMOA or Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement is another name for Logistics Support Agreement (LSA), an agreement the US has with many of its allies. But this has been especially tailored for India, following negotiations for over a decade.
- LEMOA allows each military to avail logistics support facilities — fuel, spare parts, mechanics,etc. — of the other while on joint training, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), and port calls.
- The agreement lays out the procedure for billing for these facilities as part of a larger accounting transaction, and details are contained in the clarifying protocols annexed to LEMOA.
- Under LEMOA, while Indian logistics support will be available to the US military, Indian armed forces will benefit from access to a large number of US military bases globally, particularly while undertaking HADR missions in a diaspora crisis.
- It will allow India to respond promptly to emerging situations or humanitarian crises, and will expand Indian military’s operational environment globally.
Major Defence partner
- The US has recognised India as a Major Defence Partner (MDP). This follows a long-standing Indian demand to provide predictability and transparency in the US system that approves transfer of military equipment and technology.
- MDP is not an established category, and this nomenclature has been especially created for India, because a legislative amendment to bring a change in India’s status would have been a longdrawn and difficult process.
- By recognising India as an MDP, the White House is signalling its system to expedite Indian defence licences.
- Coupled with India’s entry into the MTCR, this is going to help India get modern defence technology from the US by moving to the approved category of the Arms Control List.
- But as it is neither a Presidential Directive nor a legislative amendment, the robustness of the process will be brought out by the outcomes.
White Shipping Agreement
- The Statement welcomes the conclusion of a technical arrangement for sharing “White Shipping” information.
- The countries signed the White Shipping Agreement (WSA) last month, which enhances their maritime domain awareness and fits in with the Maritime Security Dialogue, the only 2+2 dialogue that India has with any country.
- The WSA establishes an information network protocol that allows the two navies to exchange information about ships in their waters.
- Ships are usually classified into white (commercial ships), grey (military vessels), and black (illegal vessels).
- After signing the WSA, the two sides will be able to exchange information about white ships,which may not be known to the other side.
Information Exchange Annex
- India is constructing an indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-1) at its shipyard in Cochin, and has plans for a second aircraft carrier (IAC-2) in the near future.
- For availing technologies available with the US, an agreement and protocol for sharing information — maintaining its confidentiality and integrity — was needed to be signed.
- The Information Exchange Annex is that protocol. Since then, a team of senior US Navy officials has visited the shipyard at Cochin last month to help with some issues in the IAC-1.
Question: Indo-US defence ties are reaching a new height in the dynamic global security environment. Comment on the recent initiatives taken by the two countries to tackle such security issues.
- Write about new threats coming up in the world.
- Recent defence agreements between India-US.
- Conclude with the need to work together to counter such threats.