Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Martin Meiners issued the following statement:
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Dr. Ely Ratner will depart for a trip to India and Vietnam this week to deepen U.S. cooperation with each of these key military partners. ‘Indo-Pacific.
In New Delhi, Assistant Secretary Ratner will co-chair the Sixth Intersessional 2+2 Dialogue between the United States and India as well as the Maritime Security Dialogue alongside the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu. He will also be joined on the defense side by Mr. Terry Emmert, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Mission Capabilities, Research and Engineering; Mr. Michael Vaccaro, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy, Acquisition and Sustainment of the Industrial Base; Rear Admiral Tom Moninger of the Office of Naval Operations; and representatives of the United States Indo-Pacific Command.
Through these dialogues, the United States and India will advance an ambitious set of initiatives under our defense partnership ahead of next year’s 2+2 Ministerial Meeting, including information sharing. , high-end navy logistics, technology and cooperation.
From there, Assistant Secretary Ratner will travel to Hanoi to lead the U.S.-Vietnam defense policy dialogue as the United States takes important steps to broaden and deepen its comprehensive partnership with Vietnam.
Assistant Secretary Ratner’s trip reaffirms the department’s deep commitment to working closely with like-minded partners to advance our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific.