Defense Committee Meeting
AMCHAM’s Defense Committee met on July 19th in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Micahel Koch, Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Vice President – India, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and co-chaired by Mr. Nik Khanna, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Managing Director, India, BAE Systems and Mr. Gaurav Mehndiratta, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Partner and Head –North India, Corporate & International Tax, KPMG. From the U.S. Embassy, Capt. Daniel Fillion, Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation, attended the meeting.
AMCHAM welcomed members and kicked off discussions by giving a brief overview of the highly successful annual AMCHAM door knock. Members were updated of the perception of the defense officials at the Department of Defense, Capitol Hill lawmakers and other government agencies in the U.S. The team prioritized the agenda for meetings with the Ministry of Defence officials in the next quarter. CAATSA and its implications were also discussed at length under Chatham House rules. The upcoming DefExpo 2020 was discussed and potential industry engagements. A detailed analysis of upcoming G2G dialogues between the two countries was also conducted.