U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper and Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visited India on October 26, just a week before the U.S. presidential election. The duo met with their Indian counterparts, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar. The two countries have signed a total of five agreements as part of the 2-2 ministerial dialogue. Bilateral agreements included the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA).
The pact, which will allow the two countries to exchange military information and strengthen their defence partnership, is likely to be signed in the third round of Tuesday`s 2-2 dialogue. 8. UPA Defense Minister A.K. Antony has consistently stoned every effort to sign one of the founding agreements with the U.S. military. These conversations facilitated the exchange of information between the security, security and intelligence services of the two countries, including the transmission of high-end satellite images, wiretaps and data on Chinese troops and weapons operations along the LAC. While LEMOA means that one partner trusts the other enough to reveal its valuable resources, COMCASA means it is confident that it can rely on encrypted systems to connect the two military. And the latest pact, the BECA, means that countries can share highly secret information in real time without fear of compromise. Ministers also discussed proposals such as capacity building and joint cooperation actions in third countries. They expect the proposals to move forward. The BECA agreement has been under negotiation between India and the United States for more than a decade, as the previous UPA government was concerned about its impact on India`s national security, as the bilateral agreement should also allow India to share similar data with the United States. The agreement is one of the few basic agreements the United States signs with its close partners.
The pact allows the United States to provide India with its encrypted communications equipment and systems so that Indian and American military commanders, as well as aircraft and ships of both countries, can communicate through secure networks in times of peace and war. Again, to take a simple example, it is like being able to exchange messages or communicate with a friend on WhatsApp, signal or telegram in real time and safely. While LEMOA is akin to exposing each other`s valuable assets, COMCASA draws attention to the two military`s dependence on the sharing of encrypted systems. The latest quartet – BECA – means that countries can share highly secret information in real time. The strengthening of cooperation mechanisms between the two militaries must be rewarded in the context of an increasingly aggressive China, which threatens a large number of countries in its vicinity and beyond, and which has challenged several established norms and aspects of international relations.