Honorary USG Chairman: CAPT Daniel Fillion

Chief Office of Defense Co-operation (ODC)

U.S. Embassy


Industry Chairman: Mr. William Blair

Vice President and Chief Executive

Lockheed Martin India Pvt. Ltd.


Industry Co-Chairman: Mr. Nikhil Khanna

Managing Director – India

BAE Systems India Services (Pvt.) Ltd.


Industry Co-Chairman: Mr. Michael Koch

Vice President

Boeing Defense, Space and Security


Industry Co-Chairman: Mr. Gaurav Mehndiratta

Partner – International Tax & Regulatory

KPMG in India


Secretariat: Ms. Udaya Arun
Director – Aerospace & Defense


Sector Overview


Defense has become a key sector with tremendous growth in India. India and the U.S. have made considerable progress to push forth the bilateral defence cooperation and this continues to have a favourable future outlook. As a major supplier of aerospace and defense products to India, the U.S. is keen to look for a way forward in meeting India’s needs and aspirations of achieving self-reliance. This presents significant collaboration opportunities in strategic and technical expertise across defense infrastructure, defense systems and the electronics equipment segment.


The Defense Committee is a forum for discussion on topics related to government-to-government (G2G) and private sector involvement in the growing U.S.-India defense relationship. The committee holds meetings on a regular basis such as networking functions, seminars and conferences to address topics of U.S. defense engagement in India and suggests policy recommendations to the government for reform of the defence sector.