U.S., India Sign Defense Logistics Agreement

India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar was in Washington on August 30 to sign the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA). This agreement provides for each country to use the other globally for supplies, spare parts, services and refueling.  Effectively, U.S. armed forces can operate out of Indian bases, and vice versa, on a simple basis. Other upcoming deals are the Communications and Information Security Memorandum Agreement (CISMOA), and the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Intelligence (BECA).

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Through LEMOA, as also through prior deals, U.S. contractors will get a much better launching pad from which to sell many billions of dollars of top-of-the-line armament to India.  On the other hand, India often requires a degree of co-production domestically, so LEMOA and other deals will help India grow as a  weapons dealer itself, selling to the rest of the world, reports Forbes.

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Gunjan Bagla
California-based management consultant Gunjan Bagla runs Amritt, a consulting firm helping American companies to succeed in India. Amritt is the trusted advisor for India market research, India business development, India market entry, Global Engineering, Global Technology Scouting, India R&D and Open Innovation. Gunjan is author of "Business in 21st Century India: How to Profit Today from Tomorrow’s Most Exciting Market" (Hachette Book Group, 2008), Amazon's top rated title on the subject. He has appeared as the India Expert on BBC Television, Bloomberg TV, Fox Cable Business and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter and Business Week for his expertise on India.

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