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Japan’s Arms Merchants Are Off To A Rocky Start

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government redrew Japan’s self-imposed arms export restrictions in 2014, it hoped to spark a revolution in a domestic defense industry that had been isolated for almost 40 years. In part, it succeeded. In June, Japanese companies such as Fuji and Kawasaki Heavy Industries displayed military helicopters and warplanes at the Maritime Air Systems and Technologies Asia exhibition in Tokyo – still a rare event for the pacifist nation…

Read Here – The Cipher Brief

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Why India’s Narendra Modi Can Afford To Ignore The Palestinians

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his arrival in Tel Aviv on July 04, 2017. Photo/PIB

Israel has long complained that India treats it like a mistress: glad to partake of its defense and technology charms, but a little embarrassed about the whole thing and unwilling to make the relationship too public. With Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel – the first ever by a sitting Indian prime minister –  it will be like the two countries arriving hand in hand to opening night of the opera season, lit by a barrage of flashing cameras.

Read Here – Haaretz

Five Reasons Why Israel Matters To India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for a historic visit to Israel on July 4, the first ever by an Indian premier. Photo/PIB.

Defence, agriculture, trade, diplomacy and water management will dominate talks during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ongoing visit to Israel — the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the Jewish homeland. Apart from from his scheduled official engagements, Modi is also expected to meet Moshe Holtzberg, a survivor of the 2008 Mumbai 26/11 terrorist attack. Moshe was two years old when the attack happened.

Read Here – Times of India

Common Interests, And Chinese Ham-Handedness, Boost Indo-U.S. Ties.

As it turned out, Indian wonks needn’t have worried. Modi enveloped Donald Trump in a bear hug — something he tends to do — and whatever the American president may have thought of that, the bilateral relationship has clearly benefited from growing U.S. disillusionment with Asia’s other giant, China. The question for Modi isn’t whether he can get along with Trump, but whether he can manage the relationship better than Chinese leader Xi Jinping has.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Trump Meets Modi: America First Meets India First

Modi’s White House trip takes place under very different circumstances from his first visit as prime minister in 2014 after a contentious 10-year visa ban. Then, in the presence of many elected American officials, Modi put on a grand show of strength at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The pageantry of his official introduction to the world stage was likened to a rock concert. But this time, with the negative sentiment in the Trump regime around immigrants, visas and jobs, there is no context for showmanship.

Read Here – The Washington Post

The Problem Of Siloed Cyber Warriors

Cyber capabilities cannot be detached from other domains of warfare, such as electromagnetic, air, land, sea, and space. The future holds two potential battlefields that overlap: one fought between high-tech adversary militaries, and another, between highly specialised military units and insurgent forces in population-dense urban environments. In both situations, cyber capabilities must be integrated into all other domains of warfare.

Read Here – The Cipher Brief

Israel-India Alliance Based On Strategic Interests And Mutual Concerns

Israel and India probably do not have what amounts to a strategic alliance, but the two nations have many converging concerns and interests, since both are living in a dangerous environment. The economic relationship between the two countries is impressive when seen in isolation but disappointing by international comparison. Bilateral trade increased from virtually zero in 1992 to current levels at around $5 billion. Almost half of all trade is comprised of the diamond trade.

Read Here – The Cipher Brief

F-16s, Made In India

Lockheed Martin is offering to move its entire production line for the iconic fighter plane from Texas to India. That would be a second-best option for all involved. From a U.S. perspective, the optimal outcome would be to acquire India as an F-16 customer while continuing to produce the plane in Texas and keeping the associated jobs at home. From an Indian perspective, the best outcome would be the development of an indigenous fighter aircraft to avoid reliance on anyone else’s technology.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Modi Keen To Delink Relations With Israel And Palestine

In a significant move, South Block is “actively considering” to schedule a stand-alone bilateral visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s to Israel and not to Palestine on the same trip,

Read Here – The Indian Express

Why China Should Fear India’s Arms Sales To Vietnam (Think South China Sea)

India is poised to sell its sophisticated Akash missile defense system to Vietnam, the latest development in a broad strategic relationship that has grown rapidly in recent years and added a new twist to the spiralling power contest in the South China Sea.

Read Here – The National Interest

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