India and the United States have signed Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) to facilitate Logistic Support, Supplies, and Services (LSSS) between the armed forces of India and the United States. It will also make the armed forces to carry out joint activities, such as training and exercises, as well as HADR missions. This agreement also replicates the shared intent of both sides and makes India-US defence partnership advancing.
The agreement was signed between defence minister Manohar Parrikar and US Defence Secretary, Dr Ashton Carter at the US Defence Headquarters in Pentagon. During his visit, Indian Defense Minister also met with the leadership of the Defence Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) and visited U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM).
The Agreement will considerably improve the operational capacity of the Indian armed forces, including their response to humanitarian crisis or disaster relief. As per the agreement, the Logistics support will be provided on basis of mutual consent of the Parties, consistent with their respective laws and regulations and policies. Importantly, this is the agreement which the US has signed with several of its allies.
India and the US have also decided to further enhance their engagement on Maritime Domain Awareness and also continue their cooperation on counter-terrorism.