In May 2011, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano traveled to India and participated in the first US-India Homeland Security Dialogue. At the Dialogue, the countries committed to:
- Strengthen agency-to-agency engagement in areas including intelligence exchanges, infrastructure security, information sharing, and transportation.
- Foster capacity building in areas including infrastructure security, coastal security, and transportation.
- DHS and the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs intend to meet periodically, at both senior and staff levels, to advance these goals.
- India has allocated $10.2 billion for homeland security spending in fiscal year 2011, up from $8.8 billion in fiscal year 2010. According to an Indian government official, “There is no limit to the homeland security budget. Whatever is asked for, it is given.” The spending supports homeland security products and services for border protection, passenger and cargo screening, surveillance, intelligence, marine security, cybersecurity, and other critical security infrastructure needs.
- Over the next decade, India is expected to emerge as one of the largest national investors in the homeland security market worldwide.