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India becomes largest purchaser of US weapons

February 26, 2014

This story is big on two counts:  first, it shows that India and the US are becoming ever more closely tied together on defense issues and, second, it shows that India is being pulled from Russia’s orbit.

Arms sales have always had a geopolitical component, but in the era of network-centric warfare, where weapons and weapon platforms are interlinked and dependent on a host of sophisticated systems and support to work to their full functionality, it is even more so.  The number of nations in the Indo-Pacific region who are increasingly reliant on US weapons systems is a clearer indication of an informal alliance system aimed at containing China than are any amount of treaties,memoranda of understanding and public announcements.

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