As a fall out of the recent dialogue between the US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a major step forward in the defence cooperation between the two oldest and the largest democracies has been acheved by the passage of the Bill in the US House of Representatives amounting to USD 621.5 billion. An amendment in this regard, moved by Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, was adopted by a voice vote by the House as part of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA)-2018, beginning October 1 this year. NDAA-2018 was passed by the House 344-81.
Bera while expressing his gratitude for the passage of this Bill said that, ” he looked forward to the Defence Department’s strategy that addresses critical issues like common security challenges, the role of partners and allies, and areas for collaboration in science and technology,” he also remarked that the “Cooperation between the US and India enhances our own defence and our ability to meet the evolving security challenges of the 21st century,”.
As passed by the House, NDAA-2018 asks the State Department and the Pentagon to develop a strategy that addresses common security challenges, the role of American partners and allies in India-US defence relationship, and role of the defence technology and trade initiative.