Stringent immigration norms and the recent killing of an Indian techie in Kansas have got India anxious about US President Donald Trump's inward-looking policy.
However, on the security front, India and the US are working towards strengthening bilateral ties. Working closely with India on anti-terrorism assistance, the US will be introducing two new courses for police officers this year. These new courses will be on cyber security and maritime security.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INDIA-US COOPERATION ON INTERNAL SECURITY:
- Officers are already enlisted for six courses under the anti-terrorism assistance (ATA). These courses have been an integral part of the bilateral cooperation on internal security between the two countries. Over the years, more courses have been added to the ATA list.
- A delegation of US Embassy officials met officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs in North Block on Wednesday. Christopher J Gillis, Senior Regional Security Officer at US Department of State and Stephen P Goldip, coordinator, met officials at the MHA to streamline the processes for the upcoming courses and discuss the new ones.
- India is a strategic partner of the United States in its war against global jihad and terror. With terror groups like ISIS using Internet to reach out to potential recruits in India, the ATA courses are seen as extremely relevant.
- This year's ATA course includes subjects like 'Investigating the Dark Web (IDW)', Hostage Negotiation Training, and Terrorist Crime Scene Investigation, among others.
- The Ministry of Home Affairs is also contemplating on sending a team of National Security Guard's (NSG) anti-terror and anti- hijack officers for a similar ATA course to be held in Jordan this year.
- In the wake of increasing threats from fidayeen and lone-wolf attacks, the US had conductd a 'Suicide Bomber Prevention Course' at Andhra Pradesh Police Academy in Hyderabad.
- A senior official at MHA told India Today that in a year around 120-150 police officers are trained in several courses under the ATA. With the introduction of two new courses this time, the number is expected to go up to 200.