India-US Strategic Partnership Paradigm – Global Village Space


In September 2018, the US foreign and defense secretaries signed the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) as part of the so-called “2+2 dialogue” with their Indian counterparts.

COMCASA allows Indian American-made military platforms such as C-130J Super Hercules special forces aircraft, Chinook helicopters and Boeing P-81 Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) aircraft to be equipped with the state-of-the-art American communication technology. equipment. Prior to COMCASA’s signing, these platforms were equipped with less secure, commercially available electronic equipment.

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What does COMCASA offer India?

This American electronic equipment, using state-of-the-art technology, is currently only available to NATO allies, South Korea and Israel. The ultra-secure wireless equipment that India now has access to will facilitate greater security for the Indian Armed Forces when operating in future wars against China and Pakistan.

Why does a bank offer credit card facilities to its customers? Supposedly to lend them credit for the satisfaction of their short and long-term physical needs, but in reality to bring them into the matrix of financial operations of the bank in order to make them more and more dependent on it . Remember how banks keep texting you to get credit for buying TVs, fridges, air conditioners and forget about finance for your trips abroad.

The Americans admit that the platforms provided by the United States, the C-130J, P-81 and Chinook helicopters are capable of accomplishing their assigned missions even without equipment controlled by COMCASA. Nevertheless, they claim that this equipment will give a tremendous boost to the Indian military as a powerful multiplier.

The United States aims to bring India into its strategic embrace primarily to contain China. With this in mind, US strategic planners have 1) Re-designated US Pacific Command as Indo-Pacific Command; 2) Launched a series of tri-service military exercises, the largest of any country, incorporating the United States, India, Japan and Australia under the so-called QUAD; 3) Provide India with COMCASA compatible equipment to enable the Indian Armed Forces by generating common images of land, air and sea battlefields to inform about the activities of the People’s Liberation Army, Army of the Air and Navy; 4) The secure electronic equipment will be invaluable during Indian surveillance of the Straits of Malacca choke point, a task the United States wants the Indian Navy and Air Force to operate under the Indo-Pacific Command.

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What happens in the South China Sea, especially in the Strait of Malacca, is closely linked to CPEC. China is developing CPEC to counter the US plan to blockade the Strait of Malacca in the event of a war between the US and China. The United States, pushed by India, plans to embark on a new series of chimerical adventures in the southern China region.

To facilitate this, the United States provides COMCASA-compatible equipment to India to spy on the Chinese Navy and Air Force. Apparently, the US wants India to monitor Chinese submarine traffic through the Strait of Malacca and, if possible, block it for Chinese shipping in a future war. Western think tanks say India can easily block Chinese shipping by parking a few ships at the mouth of the Strait of Malacca. It’s a crazy scheme. The Strait of Malacca, if blocked, will be blocked for all maritime traffic passing through it.

What price is India likely to pay for US largesse?

Although the hidden COMCASA clauses between India and the United States have not yet been made public, we can draw conclusions after examining a similar agreement between the United States and South Korea. These are:-

  1. Access of US Personnel to Korean Military Installations.
  2. US personnel have the right to install, maintain, and inspect COMCASA-controlled equipment.
  3. Ban the transfer of this equipment to any third country.
  4. Native bandit production
  5. Strict safeguards for securing, storing and accounting for equipment.
  6. South Korea must pay the full cost of configuring its communications system to be interoperable with the US military system.

Implications for Pakistan

The Indo-American strategic paradigm sees Pakistan as an important factor in Indo-American hostility towards China. During the conjectured conjectures of a hot engagement against China, Pakistani military and economic assets will be suppressed by India with the active participation and assistance of the United States. In this respect, the Arabian Ocean theater will be treated in conjunction with operations in the Indo-Pacific region. To be precise, the neutralization of the port of Gwadar and its connection with China via the CPEC will be the major Indo-American objective. This includes Indian Army and Air Force operations to interdict and obstruct the operation of the Karakoram Highway.

Pakistan should bring China and the US closer together by removing US apprehensions and misunderstandings regarding CPEC. For this to happen, US sensitivities and fears regarding Chinese activities in the India-Pacific region must be addressed. Short of providing bases for the United States, Pakistan should negotiate for the realization of its strategic objectives and interests. These can result in a win-win relationship between the two hitherto estranged allies.

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Saleem Akhtar Malik is a Pakistani military veteran who writes on national and international affairs, defence, military history, and military technology. He tweets at @saleemakhtar53. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.


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