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Critical and Emerging Technologies Dialogue

  • 01 Feb 2023
  • 3 min read

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India’s National Security Advisor hold talks with the US counterpart on the first dialogue on Initiative for Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET) in the US.

What is the iCET Initiative?

  • About:
    • The iCET initiative was launched by India and the US in May 2022, and is being run by the National Security Councils of both countries.
    • Under iCET, the both countries have identified six areas of cooperation which would include co-development and co-production, that would gradually be expanded to QUAD, then to NATO, followed by Europe and the rest of the world.
    • Under iCET, India is ready to share its core technologies with the US and expects Washington to do the same.
  • Six Areas of Cooperation:
    • The six areas for cooperation are scientific research and development; quantum and artificial intelligence, defense innovation, space, advanced telecom which would include things like 6G and semiconductors.
  • Significance:
    • iCET would forge closer linkages between government, academia and industry of the two countries.
    • The objective is to provide cutting edge technologies to the rest of the world which are affordable.
    • The launch of the ambitious iCET dialogue is seen as “an alignment of strategic, commercial and scientific approaches” in the field of technology.
    • This is eventually likely to be mirrored in the progress made in Quad – the informal grouping of four countries, Australia, Japan, India and the United States.

Who is a National Security Advisor (NSA) in India?

  • The NSA is the primary advisor to the Prime Minister of India. He also presides over the National Security Council (NSC).
    • The current NSA is Ajit Doval.
  • The NSC of India is a three-tiered organisation that oversees political, economic, energy and security issues of strategic concern.
    • It was formed in 1998, where all aspects of national security are deliberated upon.
    • NSC operates within the executive office of the PM, liaising between the government’s executive branch and the intelligence services.

Source: HT

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