Issue Brief on “India-US Military Agreement: BECA and its Implications for the Region”

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The signing of Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) between India and United States marks the completion of the troika of “foundational pacts” for military cooperation between the two countries. BECA was signed on 27th October, 2020 after a decade long negotiation and discussion.

Previously, for enhanced logistic and military cooperation, US and India have signed Logistic Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016 and Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) in 2018. These three agreements now merge into the bigger umbrella of the US-India Global Strategic Partnership.[1] In 2002, US and India also signed General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) with similar aims.

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