AMCHAM’s Defense Committee met on June 27th in New Delhi. Ms. Udaya Arun, Director, AMCHAM welcomed the new committee leadership for 2023-2024: Mr. Alain Garcia, Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Vice President, Global Business Development – India, Boeing Defense, Space and Security, The Boeing Company Mr. William L. Blair, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Vice President and Regional Executive Asia & India Lockheed Martin, Mr. Samit Ray, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Regional Director Government Affairs & Public Policy, Raytheon Technologies Corporation and Mr. Gaurav Mehndiratta, Co-Chairman – Defense Committee, AMCHAM and Partner and Head – Aerospace & Defence, KPMG India. Ms. Arun briefly summarized an update on the recently concluded AMCHAM annual door knock to Washington DC. The delegation met with 18 offices and 8 Senators and Representatives (or their staff) just prior to the state visit of PM Modi to the U.S. The group deliberated on the positives and expected challenges from the recently concluded state visit of PM Modi. Discussions covered status of the Industrial Security Annex (ISA) in India, how to take forward the points on exchange rate variables, updates on deliverables under iCET and the creation of a capability deck on aerospace and defense for U.S companies in India. The next committee meeting was planned for end July.
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