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US Senate passes law to give India NATO ally-like status

Date: 03 July 2019 Tags: India & World

United States Senate (Upper House) has passed National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2020 to give India North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally-like status.  The status will result in increased defence and maritime cooperation  between India and US.

The bill was introduced by Senate India Caucus Co-Chair Senator John Cornyn with support of Senate India Caucus Co-Chair Senator Mark Warner. This bill will be signed into law by US President Donald Trump after it is approved from both chambers of the US Congress, House of Representatives and Senate.

Provisions related to India in NDAA, 2020

  • It expresses support for enhancing the major defence partnership with India. It brings India at par with America's NATO allies and countries like Israel and South Korea for increasing defence cooperation.
  • It provides for increased US-India defence cooperation in Indian Ocean Region (IOR) in areas of counter-terrorism, counter-piracy, maritime security and humanitarian assistance.

Benefits for India

It provides for increased US-India defence cooperation. It will clear the way for US to provide state-of-the-art weapons and sensitive technology to India.  It will make India big associate partner of US in defence deals also it will increase India’s status.

National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA)

It is US federal law specifying budget and expenditures of Department of Defence. Every year’s NDAA also includes various provisions related to US defence. US Congress (House of Representatives and Senate) oversees defence budget of the country primarily through two yearly bills: NDAA and Defense appropriations bills.They are authorization bills that determine US agencies responsible for defence funding levels and sets defence policies under which money will be spent.

Note: NDAA-2017 had designated India as major defence partner of US. This designation had brought India at par with closest partners of US like South Korea, Japan and Israel in terms of defence trade and technology transfer.

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