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.

Customized Advocacy
  • 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.
Defense
  • 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.
Civil Aviation
  • 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

For more information or to join USIBC’s Aerospace & Defense Executive Committee, please contact Benjamin Schwartz