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On December 24, US President Barack Obama signed a $618 billion defence policy bill. In this policy, there are mentions to US-India security co-operation.
Here are 5 most important things you need to know about this bill.
- This bill, known as the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) was passed by the US House of Representatives and the Senate.
The bill talks about US security relations with Pakistan by saying that US will refocus” its security assistance with its cold war ally.
The bills says that it NDAA will “refocus security assistance to Pakistan on activities that directly support US national security interests and condition a significant portion of funding on a certification from the secretary of defence that Pakistan is taking demonstrable steps against the Haqqani Network in Pakistan territory.”
- Guantanamo Bay Facility
Obama’s big target of closing the brutal Guantanamo Bay Facility will not be achieved as the NDAA bill lays restrictions on Guantanamo Bay facility detainees being transferred.
- Army and Marine Corps
The NDAA bill authorizes 4, 76,000 active duty soldiers, increase of 16000 from earlier authorisation. The bill also authorises 1, 85,000 Marines, again an increase of 3000 more.
- US-India security co-operation
NDAA also promises to enhance security ties with India. This was categorized under the bill in “Supporting Allies and Partner” section.
- Increase in Funding
The bill also increased the base funding by $3.2 billion. It also calls for $5.8 billion more in war money requested by the White House.