Indo-US joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ to be held in Seattle

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Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional & global groupings & agreements involving India &/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Vajra Prahar exercise

Mains level: Indo-US defence cooperation


News

Increasing military cooperation between India and the US

  1. Another edition of the joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Seattle
  2. The exercise will mainly focus on special operations in urban areas

About the exercise

  1. ‘Vajra Prahar’ is an Indo-US Special Forces joint training exercise conducted alternately in India and the US
  2. Though the exercise began in 2010, there was a gap of three years between 2012 and 2015
  3. The last edition was held in Jodhpur in March 2017

Aim of the exercise

  1. The aim of the exercise is to promote military relations between the two countries by enhancing interoperability and mutual exchange of tactics between Special Forces
  2. The objectives of the joint training is to share the best practices between the two armies and to develop joint strategies by sharing expertise of conducting operations in a counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism environment
Foreign Policy Watch: India-United States
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