“congress strongly supports an enhanced defence relationship between the united states and india.” — James Mattis, us Defense secretary
What is your view of the current state of the US-India security relationship? India is the worlds largest democracy, and our relationship with it is of the utmost importance. In my view, and particularly on security and defence issues, the Us-India relationship has been strengthened in recent years. Cooperation on defence trade and technology has grown to the benefit of both countries under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative. I also believe that Indias act east-policy allows it to play a greater role in contributing to security in the Asia-Pacific region. What would be your strategy for bolstering the overall defence relationship between our two countries? Which areas would you focus on? If confirmed, what specific priorities would you establish for this relationship? Us policy should continue to pursue a long-term strategic relationship with India based on the convergence of our interests and our shared democratic values. I note that the United States and India recently cemented India’s status as a major defence partner. If confirmed, I would assess what particular areas in the bilateral security relationship I should focus on, and what steps can be taken to bolster the overall defence relationship.