JUNE 21, 2023
Today, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) launched the IndiaU.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) to expand the strategic technology partnership and defense industrial cooperation between our governments, businesses, and academic institutions. This initiative builds on a commitment by the U.S. and Indian National Security Advisors in January 2023 to launch an “Innovation Bridge” to connect U.S. and Indian defense start-ups as part of the U.S.-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET). India’s Innovations for Defense Excellence (iDEX) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) are leading INDUS-X activities for MoD and DoD, respectively.
With support from our governments, closer cooperation between our private sectors and research institutions will catalyze innovation within our defense industrial bases. Through INDUS-X, we will strengthen ties between our defense industrial ecosystems to make them more innovative, accessible, and resilient.
At the two-day catalyst event, hosted by the U.S.-India Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, defense innovation stakeholders from across our governments, academic and research organizations, investors, defense firms, technology incubators, industry associations, and other start-up enablers came together to develop ambitious initiatives to drive INDUS-X forward.
The below collaboration agenda outlines prospective actions for INDUS-X stakeholders to advance defense innovation between the United States and India. The agenda provides timelines and metrics to measure progress in implementing collaboration initiatives envisioned under INDUS-X. INDUS-X stakeholders intend to advance
this collaboration agenda through the following efforts: