India, US to form joint working group on defence industrial security

New Delhi: India and the US have agreed to set up a joint working group on industrial security in the defence sector. The decision was taken at the Industrial Security Agreement (ISA) summit held in New Delhi from September 27 to October 1. 

The ISA summit was aimed at developing a protocol for the exchange of classified information between defence industries of both countries. Both the countries reached an in-principle agreement to establish the Indo-US Industrial Security Joint Working Group. The proposed group will meet regularly to align policies for defence industries to collaborate on critical defence technologies. 

The Summit was led by Designated Security Authorities (DSAs) namely Anurag Bajpai from the Indian side and David Paul Bagnati from the US. 

The ISA between India and the USA was signed in December 2019 to facilitate the exchange of classified information between the defence industries of both countries. The ISA summit was held to create a roadmap for the implementation of the ISA agreement. 

The DSAs also visited various Indian defence industries in preparation for the roadmap.  

This group will meet periodically to align the policies and procedures expeditiously that will allow the defence industries to collaborate on cutting edge defence technologies. 

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