As Prime Minister Modi took office in 2014, US-India ties were still reeling from growing animosity between both countries. Trade-related issues, the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York, India’s passage of a weak nuclear liability law, and American defense contractors losing out on India’s multi-role aircraft tender process had placed ties in a trough.
However, today, US-India defense ties have not only recovered from the period of frustration and dissatisfaction of 2013, but have become, as Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated, “the key driver of the bilateral relationship.” Defense ties between both countries are now closer than ever due to progress on two key aspects: crucial defense-related agreements and joint exercises.
Progress and Path Forward on Defense Agreements
Since 2014, the United States and India have signed several agreements that underscored the growing alignment on shared strategic interests. Read more