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The Army and US-India Alignment

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Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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In the last decade, alignment between the United States and India is closer and more meaningful than at any point in history. Currently described as a strategic partnership, this relationship is coming to the forefront of planning for the United States strategic vision for the long-term future. Formerly known as the US Pacific Command, the combatant command was renamed US Indo-Pacific Command on May 30, 2018. This specific shift in military naming convention foretells the dramatic importance that India and the Indo-pacific region play in shaping US foreign policy. This research focuses on this contemporary shift and specifically what role the US Army plays in the relationship. A foundation in examining what alignment is and how the field of study lacks a proper taxonomy illuminates the excess of terms used to define the US-India relationship. This research recommends a strengthened US-India alignment, from the perspective of the US Armys role, through a clear strategy utilizing vertically integrated alignment activity, a new term coined in this research, which seeks long-term commitment while converging with Indian strategic culture.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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