“The timing (of the two-and-a-half dialogue between India and the United States) is important because it is the last one before the U.S. presidential elections. This importance will be manifested in a series of signed defence agreements, particularly at BECA,” said Dhruva Jaishankar, director of the U.S. initiative at the Observer Research Foundation. Read also – Unjustified and ill-informed: MEA Reacts to Justin Trudeau`s Remarks on Farmers Protest in India This article is based on “The Delhi-DC strategic dance,” published on 27.10.2020 in the Hindustan Times. It discusses the impact of the signing of the basic agreement on trade and cooperation between India and the United States on the signing of the Exchange and Cooperation Agreement in the context of geographic data research (BASIC). India and the United States signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), signed with the two agreements previously signed LAMOA and comcasa. The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) for Geographic Cooperation is primarily a proposed communication agreement between the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Defense of the Union. Most of the information exchanged is not classified and transmitted in digital or print form. The BECA agreement also includes the provision of classified information with appropriate safeguards to ensure that it is not disclosed to third parties. The signing of BECA will enable India and the United States to act together and put themselves in a better position to shape the regional and global environment for peace and stability. But the two countries must not make this signature glamorous, because these agreements are not an end in themselves, but a means to achieve a broader goal – the security and prosperity of their citizens.
The BECA agreement has been under negotiation between India and the United States for more than a decade, as the previous UPA government was concerned about its impact on India`s national security, as the bilateral agreement should also allow India to share similar data with the United States. The agreement is one of the few basic agreements the United States signs with its close partners. The new bilateral agreement would have access to better cooperation between India and the United States between India and the United States on the part of the Air Force. The facility will enable combat aircraft to achieve their objectives effectively and efficiently. In short, BECA will provide Indian military systems with a high-quality GPS to navigate with real-time intelligence to precisely attack the enemy. In addition to ship navigation, aircraft flight, war battle and target position, geo-intelligence is also essential to respond to natural disasters. After more than a decade, India and the United States will sign the latest basic agreement, basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation (BECA). Beca is the latest of four basic defence agreements between the two countries, which allow for a much higher level of military cooperation in the areas of technology, interoperability and armament manufacturing.