By Sandeep Nagyaan · 09 Sep 2018
India and the US on Thursday held the first edition of the 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi, in which the major takeaways were the signing of the long- pending Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) and setting up of a hotline between External Affairs Minister and Defence Minister with their American counterparts. “Signing of Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) will enable India to access advanced technologies from the US,”
What is COMCASA :- COMCASA- (Communication Compatibility and Security Arrangements). It is one of the three foundational defence pacts that is required to be signed by a country willing to acquire high tech military hardware from USA. COMCASA is essentially a legal framework that facilitates transfer of encrypted communication system that enhances interoperability between the forces and millitary hardware of two countries.
Impact of this Dialogue:- (1) India access to encrypted American technologies, a pointed call to Pakistan to stop using terror proxies and further understanding on the contours of the Indo-Pacific strategy. (2) India and the US today have become natural allies and it given the meteoric rise of China and its hegemonic tactics, especially in the South China Sea, and the return of an assertive Russia. (3) Both the sides also agreed on working together towards entry of India in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). It could be a big step for India to enter in this group but China can be create some problems against India.
What Forward:- The relationship between India and US will depend on the Ideology and foreign policy of US President Donald Trump. But presently this Dialogue is a positive reform in India and US relation.