The agreement will allow the United States to exchange sensitive data on satellites and sensors that would help India reach military targets with precise accuracy. Most of the information exchanged is not classified and transmitted in digital or print form. The BECA agreement also includes the provision of classified information with appropriate safeguards to ensure that it is not disclosed to third parties. Beca is considered one of the few basic agreements that the United States signs with its close partners. The agreement concerns the exchange of geo-intelligence information for defence and other purposes by governments. The BECA agreement will provide military personnel from both nations with access to highly accurate geographic data, high-quality military technology and classified satellite data on defence issues. The BECA agreement will also help to reduce India`s military divide with China in the wake of tensions between India and China. India and China have been in border conflict since April-May, following the intrusion of the Chinese People`s Liberation Army into several parts of Indian territory. Under the BECA agreement, U.S. forces will provide advanced navigational and avionics assistance and share geographic data with India, which will help increase the accuracy of the Indian military`s automated hardware systems and weapons, such as drones, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) for Geographic Cooperation is primarily a proposed communication agreement between the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency of the U.S.
Department of Defense and the Department of Defense of the Union. As part of the agreement, the United States would exchange technical and procedural information with India on standardizing methods, specifications and formats for collecting, processing and producing geo-intelligence information. India and the United States on Tuesday (October 27th) signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), which, together with the two agreements previously signed – the Logistics Exchange Agreement (LEMOA) and the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) – a troika of “founding pacts” for deep military cooperation between the two countries. U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper and Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visited India on October 26, just a week before the U.S. presidential election. The duo met with their Indian counterparts, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S.
Jaishankar. The two countries have signed a total of five agreements as part of the 2-2 ministerial dialogue. Bilateral agreements included the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA). India and the United States have already signed three important basic agreements: the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) in 2002, the Logistics Exchange Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016 and the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) in 2018. These included areas of security and military information, compatibility, security and logistics exchanges, and communications.