What arms India also arms the United States

In an article published this week in Foreign Policy (bit.ly/3fqZubo), Jerad Harper and John Nagl of the US Army War College argue for a new strategy in how the US develops military partnerships. They state that in its most well-resourced overseas efforts, the United States “creates partner forces as appendages of its own military and intelligence services rather than as independent and capable structures capable of self-sufficiency. -selves”.

It’s akin to “helicopter parenting” – intervening in too many situations while leaving the partner’s strengths helpless. India does not provide “auxiliary support” from the United States. But a similar logic has been at play when it comes to its relationship as a major defense partner. That’s why the noises emanating from Foggy Bottom — from Joe Biden’s nominee for State Department Sanctions Policy Coordinator James O’Brien on Wednesday in particular — are reassuring. The decryption of Turkey and India, both buyers of S-400 missile systems from Russia, suggests that New Delhi is unlikely to be slapped with the Countering American Adversaries Act by the sanctions (Caatsa) than Ankara was in December. It would be the right thing to do for the United States.

While NATO partner Turkey broke legacy norms by buying Rosoboronexport products, India’s “historic ties” to Russia are no longer seen by the United States as a deal breaker. India wins more obviously if the Caatsa is not invoked against it. But the United States also has everything to gain. Russia and China may not be Afghanistan and Iraq, but for the United States to ensure that its partners are not just cosmetic appendages in a larger containment strategy, it is to the advantage of the United States if it serves India a distinct sauce for its well-measured defense measures. sauce, he serves less reliable partners.

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