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Topic - K. Alan Kronstadt
A U.S. commitment to provide India with top-of-the-line technology as India modernizes its armed forces and builds its own defense industry is likely to cause unease in Pakistan, which also wants U.S. equipment to prosecute its war against terrorists.
"In comparison with Pakistan, defense cooperation between the United States and India is still in the relatively early stages of development," Mr. Kronstadt said. "Yet we have seen rapid and unprecedented progress in this realm, and defense trade is emerging as a central aspect of the U.S.-India partnership in the new century."
"While Pakistan has in the past received American defense hardware in significant amounts, sometimes causing much trepidation in India, it's likely that India's broader security interests and greater resources will result in ever more major defense procurement from abroad, and U.S. suppliers seem well-poised to provide the kind of capabilities and technologies that Indian security planners seek," said K. Alan Kronstadt, a specialist in South Asian affairs at the Congressional Research Service.