U.S., India Sign Military Logistics Agreement

Posted August 30, 2016 at 9:22am

Reuters reports that “the United States and India signed an agreement on Monday governing the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defense ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China.”

“The agreement, a relatively mundane one concerning day-to-day military logistics, is nonetheless a milestone in the U.S.-India defense relationship because of the outsized political importance it had taken on in India, where it had touched on domestic sensitivities, experts said.”

“The signing of the agreement will ‘make the logistics of joint operations so much easier and so much more efficient,’ U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a news briefing with Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.”