Sunday, July 17, 2011

U.S offers anti-terror technologies

Posted by Neelam Mathews
July 17, 2011

Following a series of blasts in Mumbai just days prior to the arrival in India of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC)  says there is an urgency to share technology, intelligence, as well as to mobilize resolve to track down and defeat a common enemy: terror.  

The USIBC is organizing briefings on Tuesday, July 19, by U.S. companies for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's delegation, comprised of senior U.S. government officials, led by Under Secretary of State Robert Hormats. American companies will feature in their discussions, U.S. technologies, innovations, and counter-terrorism measures developed since the 9/11 terror strikes on American soil. 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected during the July 19 U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi to discuss a wide range of strategic issues affecting areas of common interest. U.S. efforts to assist India's entry into important multilateral regimes to control the spread of weapons of mass destruction as embodied in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, The Wassenar Arrangement, The Australia Group, and the Missile Control Treaty Regime are expected to figure in the upcoming talks. 

Cyber security is also likely to be discussed, especially considering the rise of intercepts and hacking in the IT space - essential infrastructure now under threat, and which is so important to both economies. Defense and security coordination will likely figure most prominently in the upcoming talks.

"Technology intervention, especially by those innovations that have grown out of the experiences garnered from 9/11 in the United States can provide a shared platform to fight this common enemy," said Ron Somers, President of the U.S.-India Business Council.

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