However, such international exercises ideally help exchanges ideas, challenge doctrinal assumptions, and improve familiarity with the capabilities of foreign hardware and doctrine. By that measure, and despite bruised national egos, the exercises succeeded in giving both the U.S. and Indian Air Forces a lot to think about.
Sébastien Roblin holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring .