Antony, the UPA government's former defence minister from 2006 to 2014, ultimately came to oppose the CISMOA and BECA, as well as the LSA, because signing the agreements would grant the US military unencumbered access to Indian military installations and compromise sensitive data.
However, US officials have told their Indian counterparts that if India has not agreed to the terms of the CISMOA and BECA it will at a certain point prove an obstacle to expanding the co-manufacture and development of high technology weapons systems.
If it is serious about its emergence as a regional security provider, New Delhi will have to rethink its opposition to the LSA, CISMOA
, and BECA, in order to enhance its practical cooperation with the U.S.
In short, the CISMOA and BECA agreements allow the transfer of advanced U.S.
The relatively high visibility of the CISMOA and BECA issue diminished following the delivery of the first C130-J Hercules in early 2011, and American officials have since that time refrained from raising the issue in bilateral meetings.
Even if India signs CISMOA and BECA in addition to EUM agreements, New Delhi will not be guaranteed license approval for items the U.S.
June 23, 2011; "CISMOA
, LSA Not on Table of Indo-US Strategic Dialogue," Press Trust of India, July 15, 2011.
The US wants India to ink the Logistics Support Agreement ( LSA), the Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement ( CISMoA
) and the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement ( BECA) for geo- spatial cooperation.
The US has been insisting that India should enter into pacts such as the Logistics Support Agreement (LSA), Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum Agreement (CISMOA
) and Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation.
It is called CISMOA -- short for communications inter- operability and security memorandum of agreement.
Strangely, even though the IAF had specifically asked for the high- technology items mentioned above, the C- 130J contract suggests that there is a chance the equipment won't be made available even if India signs the CISMOA. Referring to the stripped items, the contract says: " These items may be added when CISMOA is signed between" the US and India.
An extreme view is that fitting advanced communications gear on Indian aircraft, and having them governed by an agreement like CISMOA, would allow the US remote power over the equipment through satellite- relayed " kill switches" that could render equipment unusable, not to mention leaving doors open to electronic espionage.