The Council's Aerospace and Defense Executive Committee promotes linkages among business, government, and thought leaders in order to expand U.S.-India cooperation in Aerospace, Defense, Homeland and Cyber Security, and Civil Aviation.
As a prominent platform and unique conduit for information and analysis, the committee offers a clear and informed voice on defense trade policy issues such as technology release and transfer, acquisition and procurement, offsets and industrial partnership, co-production and co-development opportunities. We promote streamlined FMS/DCS/Hybrid sales and acquisitions procedures, assist our members in navigating through these processes, and match American and Indian private sector entities to promote new business partnerships. Our Civil Aviation Working Group (CAWG) fosters commercial opportunities in airport modernization, maintenance repair and over haul (MRO), air carrier investments, India’s Air traffic control & air traffic management, and in General Aviation.
Value to USIBC Members
- Business Intelligence: The council keep track of political, economic and regulatory factors that affect business development opportunities for our members such as changes in India’s defense procurement procedures, new agreements between the U.S. and Indian governments, and strategic engagements by industry and government leaders.
- Advocacy: The council provides customized advocacy on issues such as licensing, single vendor situations, technology release, interaction with state officials and government ministries, partnering with Defense Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU), and various U.S. legislation. We consistently encourage Indian Defense Procurement Policy reform on issues such as FDI caps, indigenization requirements, offsets flexibility and retroactivity, and other issues that affect the viability of defense trade such as policy changes in manufacturing and information security.
- Networking: The council leads executive missions that connect our member companies with decision makers in the Indian and U.S. defense communities. These include missions to DefEx and AeroIndia along with tailored trips to New Delhi and Indian state capitals.
- Branding: Companies take advantage of the council’s activities to showcase their company’s products and services at high profile events.
The Council provides customized advocacy on issues such as licensing, single vendor situations, interaction with state officials and government ministries, partnering with Defense Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU), and various U.S. legislation.
Influencing India’s Defense Procurement Policy reform on issues such as FDI caps, indigenization requirements, offsets flexibility and retroactivity, and other issues that affect the viability of defense trade.
Promoting policy changes in manufacturing and information security, end use monitoring and enabling increased technology release and co-production and co-development of defense systems.
Enabling the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) by informing the Joint Technical Group (JTG), Defense Procurement Production Group (DPPG), and Defense Policy Group (DPG) with industry’s perspective.
Tax reform for aviation turbine fuel, MRO imported-components, and airport tariffs.
Promoting greater clarity in India’s Civil Aviation policies and the adoption of global standards for issues such as ground handling, “under the wing” operations, landing clearance timelines, crew-member and pilot visas for Part 91 and 121 aircraft, and Flexible Use of Airspace.
USIBC encourages the abolition of the “5 year, 20 aircraft rule” so as to allow LCC’s and newly formed alliances to take flight and enhance regional competitiveness.
Invited to review and provide consultation on India Defense Procurement Procedure reforms, including revised offset policy.
Advised implementing arms of the U.S-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI).
Advocated for greater Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) allowance in India’s defense sector.
Participated in the U.S.-India Aviation Summits and increased engagement with key participants in Ministry of Civil Aviation and U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program.
Led annual Executive Missions to Aero India and Def-Expo, increased engagement with Ministry of Defense and Armed Services leadership, including acquisition & offset bureaucracy.
The Aerospace and Defense Commitee of the U.S.-India Business Council is led by Benjamin Schwartz. In this role, he leads the Council’s defense and civilian aerospace portfolio. There is extraordinary growth potential in this sector, but deeper collaboration between industry leaders and government policymakers will be necessary for this potential to be fully realized. Mr. Schwartz will facilitate this type of communication and advocate for policies that enable increased bilateral trade in this field.
Mr. Schwartz served in a range of positions within the U.S. national security community, including at the Departments of State, Energy, and Defense. As an India Country Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he directly supported the U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative, helped initiate the U.S.-India aircraft carrier and jet engine technology cooperation and secured Prime Minister Modi and President Obama’s commitment to new DTTI “pathfinder projects”.