Following the signing of these “basic” military agreements, joint Indo-American exercises are now expected to lead to advanced and operational maneuvers from previous tactical exercises. Indian forces would be introduced and trained in new data-centric concepts of warfare under the cloud architecture. The academic who specializes in China and Southeast Asia says Beijing is already thinking strategically about whether India could move closer to the United States in security cooperation. India`s argument against COMCASA was that the military logistics agreement between India and the United States did not sufficiently serve the bilateral interest. U.S. security and strategy experts appear to have relied on their defense industry to convince India of the importance of an India-specific agreement, formerly known as Security Protocol Communication and Information (CISMOA). The issue expects us to explain to us that the main pillars of the defence partnership between India and the United States, in particular COMCASA. Subsequently, we must highlight the pros and cons of joining COMCASA and, finally, give a fair and balanced opinion on what India`s future approach could and should be. The article outlines the four main pillars of India`s defence partnership and presents a critical analysis of the signing of the COMCASA agreement. India recently signed the LEMOA agreement and COMCASA is the next issue. This article is therefore important from the GS2 perspective.
“With the signing of the foundation agreement, India will be inexorably involved in the sphere of influence of the United States,” the MP said. COMCASA is a strategic agreement between India and the United States that can give us a solid foundation if we play our cards right. The problems of interoperability would be no less. In 2010, General Martin Dempsey, Chief of Staff to the President of the United States, proposed that the U.S. Air Force now use a cycle of “decision-based data” instead of the traditional “shooting detector” cycle, which it does with its military allies via the Link 16 network. So what`s happening is the introduction of a tactical cloud architecture to replace Link-16. Since the 1970s, Link-16 has had limited bandwidth that can only do voice transmission, is complex to plan for any mission, has high latency and suffers from cyber and electronic vulnerabilities. The Allied military – all of whom have signed BECA and CISMOA (Communication, Interoperability and Security Memorandum Agreement, equivalent of the Indian COMCASA) – who use the tactical cloud are therefore linked to the fight against a common enemy.
“To refuel these core agreements, India and the United States really need to transfer technology and a whole range of these platforms. So at this point, it`s not enough. I doubt that the United States is ready to immediately share these high-tech technologies with India,” he said. The United States is the second largest exporter of defence equipment after Russia, after India. New Delhi, designated by Washington as a major defense partner, has signed more than $20 billion in arms sales since 2008.