U.S. Security Cooperation With India State Department Fact Sheet

India plays a vital role in the U.S. vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Working alongside interagency partners, the Political-Military Affairs (PM) Bureau advances the defense trade relationship and broader security partnership between the United States and India. In 2016, the United States designated India as a Major Defense Partner. Commensurate with this designation, India last year was granted Strategic Trade Authorization tier 1 status, which allows India to receive license-free access to a wide range of military and dual-use technologies that are regulated by the Department of Commerce. With a Communications, Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) and other enabling agreements now in place, U.S.-India defense trade cooperation continues to expand. The PM Bureau has supported the increase in total defense trade with India from near zero in 2008 to $15 billion this year. The PM Bureau is committed to further streamlining U.S. – India defense sales, which we facilitate through both the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) processes. These sales support thousands of jobs in both countries and help to ensure the health of both countries’ defense industrial bases..........................

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