As part of his first official trip to the Asia-Pacific region as Deputy Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton B. Carter visited India during July 22-25.
During this visit, he discussed with key Government of India officials and defense industry leaders how the United States and India can work more closely together to ensure security and prosperity in the 21st century.
Deputy Secretary Carter’s meetings followed through on Secretary Panetta’s visit to India last month when the Secretary made clear that we must work to deepen our security partnership – so that our relationship becomes more strategic, more practical, and more collaborative. One of Secretary Panetta’s initiatives that Deputy Secretary Carter discussed in New Delhi was further leading an effort, along with Indian counterparts in the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of External Affairs, to make our respective bureaucratic processes simpler, more responsive, and more effective to increase defense trade and cooperation.
The Deputy Secretary also met with Indian defense industry executives in Hyderabad to discuss practical next steps for streamlining bureaucratic barriers in both the U.S. and India. He toured several promising Indo-U.S. facilities co-producing transport plane and helicopter components.