US should facilitate better coordination with Indian military

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    US should facilitate better coordination with Indian military - The Economic Times
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    WASHINGTON: India should be invited to establish a liaison officer at the NATO's Afghan mission in Kabul and in the US to facilitate better coordinationand collaboration with the US military, an eminent American think-tank today said.
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    The report 'US-India Military Engagement' released by Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), also recommends India to establish a liaison officer at Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii and Central Command headquarters in Florida for better co-ordination with the US military.
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    The 20-page report authored by Amer Latif and forwarded by former top American diplomat Karl F Inderfurth, makes a series of recommendations for both the countries but underscores the point that India is ready for giant leap towards defence relationship between the two nations; which needs to be respected and honored by the US.
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    "Refrain from pressuring India about defence agreements such as the Logistics Support Agreement and a communications security agreement.
    "Continue to refrain from overpublicising military engagement with India; maintain defence engagement more in the background than the foreground of the overall relationship," the think-tank said in its set of recommendations for the Obama Administration.
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    "Increase the numbers of US military officers at Indian think tanks to enhance people-to-people engagement and exchange of views on strategic issues.
    "Invite India to establish a liaison officer at NATO's International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul to facilitate better coordination and collaboration," the report said.
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    Urging the US Government to maintain "modest expectations" and understand that India will not be a key provider of security in the IOR (Indian Ocean Region) for the short term to midterm; the report urged the US to encourage India to conduct (and lead) more multilateral and bilateral exercises throughout the Indo-Pacific region; do not be overly insistent on jointly conducting activities with India.
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    Recommending India to"establish a liaison officer at PACOM and Central Command tobetter coordinate with the US military," the report said that the Indian government should consider a policy decision in which it commits to consistently work with the US on disaster response where appropriate and needed in the IOR.
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    "Allow military leaders to engage in strategic dialogues with their US counterparts at the Military Cooperation Group and Executive Steering Groups.
    "Send civil servants and military officers working on US-India relations to attend executive level courses at theAsia-Pacific Center for Strategic Studies or the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the outset of their posting to enhance familiarity with the US system,"it said.
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