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Will U.S., India Pact Boost Defense Innovation?

September 1, 2023

Josh Luckenbaugh

National Defense Magazine

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By Josh Luckenbaugh, National Defense Magazine / September 1, 2023

Driven in part by the need to pull powerful countries from the orbit of its peer competitors, the United States has entered into a new strategic technology partnership with India, but regulatory hurdles could limit the near-term impact of the agreement.

Announced on June 21 during a visit to the United States by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem, or INDUS-X, is meant to “vitalize our defense industrial cooperation and unlock new innovations in technology and manufacturing … and help equip both countries’ armed forces with the capabilities they need to defend a free and open Indo-Pacific,” according to a Defense Department release.

An INDUS-X collaboration agenda released the same day outlined several “prospective actions” for stakeholders in the initiative to pursue, including mentor-protégé partnerships and an accelerator program for start-ups; joint challenges “that leverage common dual-use cases for both countries” and an Indo-U.S. Joint Innovation Fund that will seek private investment for defense tech.

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