USISCouncil is proud to share with you an historically high landmark achievement in the US-India relations. We have achieved that USA has, for the first time, recognized in US law that “India is a major Defense Partner.”
It took USISCouncil more than two years of diligent research, hard work and expenses to accomplish this endeavor which is financed by Indian Americans.
USISCouncil Board Members met in person India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, next the India’s National Security Advisor Mr. Ajit Doval, and finally with India’s Prime Minister Modi. We received their input and tacit approval that they liked our idea of improving and enhancing US-India Defense relationship. Even though the bureaucracies of India and USA were skeptical, we initiated our campaign in full fledge.
We hired Washington’s most powerful lobbyists. Mr. McCarthy of Akin Gump researched and drafted the first document that has become the foundation of the language and now the law in the NDAA 2017. Next, with the help of K&L Gates we have approached every Congressman and Senator and/or their senior staff members of US Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees and presented National Security and Trade interests of the United States and convinced them of the importance and benefits of enhancing US-India Defense and Trade relationship.
In essence, these leaders believed in our idea and pushed us to continue:
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,
- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid,
- Sen. John McCain, Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee
- Senator Jack Reed, Ranking Member, Armed Services Committee
- Congressman Mac Thornberry, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee
- Congressman Adam Smith, Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee
- Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee
Senator McCain strongly believed in our ideas and the importance of elevated Defense partnership between USA and India. He took it upon himself to become the leader and pushed the bill forward and he laid out a plan how he wanted to achieve and he actually did accomplish what he promised. Our many thanks to Sen. John McCain. We all need to thank him personally for his successful leadership.