India, US Share Common Interest in Homeland Security

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Matters related to “Homeland security” have dominated the second round of US-India strategic consultations. In the wake of the 2008 Mumbai terror assault and subsequent attacks, including last week’s explosions in that city, India is swiftly upgrading its security system, creating greater demand for homeland security technology and expertise. That has US diplomats and companies salivating over the possibility of billions in deals and an opportunity to enhance relations with the emerging economic power.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is accompanied with a complete retinue of American intelligence and security officials on her trip to India. However, according to officials mistrust between the two countries continue to plague the expansion of these security relations. Presently, Israeli companies dominate the defense and security sector in India.

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