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News | Oct. 14, 2021

Dickinson meets with India MOD Defence Secretary

U.S. Space Command

U.S. Army Gen. James Dickinson, U.S. Space Command commander, met with Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary, India Ministry of Defence, on Oct. 9 to discuss advancing U.S.-India space cooperation in critical topics such as space situational awareness and responsible behavior in space.

Kumar received briefings on a variety of topics whilst at Peterson-Schriever Garrison, including current threats to the space domain by Brig. Gen. Gregory Gagnon, USSPACECOM intelligence director, and how the U.S. partners with nations globally to develop a common understanding of the space domain and develop a space warfighting culture by Master Gunnery Sgt. Scott Stalker, USSPACECOM command senior enlisted advisor.

Kumar's visit was the second recently by an Indian official. Gen. Bipin Rawat, India's Chief of Defence Staff, met with Lt. Gen. John Shaw, USSPACECOM deputy commander, on Sept. 30.

The U.S. is at a critical moment in its partnership with India. Efforts U.S. and India make to advance and operationalize bilateral defense cooperation will ensure the partnership achieves its full potential in the coming decades. The U.S.-India cooperation is not just confined to the Indo-Pacific region — the future of our cooperation will reach into space as a force for stability, prosperity and security for the world.