U.S. Senate Approves Increased Military Cooperation with India

Posted June 16, 2016 at 12:20pm

The Hindu Business Line reports that “the US Senate has unanimously approved a move to enhance military co-operation with India for developing threat analysis, military doctrine, force planning, logistical support and intelligence collection and analysis.”  

“An amendment titled ‘to authorise military-to-military exchanges with India’ was agreed in the Senate by a voice vote as part of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA)-2017, which the Senate passed early this week by an overwhelming bipartisan support of 85-13 votes. Moved by Senator John Sullivan, the amendment was co-sponsored by Senator John Corny and Mark Warner — the two co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus — along with Senator Mark Kirk.”  

“The Senate Bill, as passed, asks the Secretary of Defence to ensure that the India-US co-operation is at a level appropriate to enhance engagement between the militaries of the two countries for developing threat analysis, military doctrine, force planning, logistical support, intelligence collection and analysis, tactics, techniques and procedures and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”