The Quad, Potential for Industrial Partnership

Building on Strategic Relationships in Space and Defense

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, also known as the Quad, is an informal security construct between Australia, India, Japan, and the United States.

Prime Minister Abe initiated the discussion in 2007, which has evolved into summit meetings, information exchanges and military drills between  member states. Results to date include three trilateral and six bilateral strategic dialogues in addition  to a number of working groups and military engagements. 

The security imperative is driving a new generation of trade and commercial agreements, from rare  earths to supply chain resilience. Digital technologies exchanges are especially active, including AI,  big data analytics, robotics, and internet of things (IoT). Cyber and quantum computing are key  priorities in these developing relationships. The recent founding of the Quad Tech Network (QTN) by  the Australian Government is designed to promote regional research and public dialogue on cyber  and critical technology issues.

Emerging technologies, space and defense equipment are pillars of collaboration. Continuous  innovation and flexible business arrangements are key to sustaining a shared worldview of a free,  open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. Joint development, interoperability, maintenance and resupply are  essential ingredients in the economics of mutual security, the strengthening of national sovereignty  and a collective industrial base. 

Emphasis now is to formalize a structure for the Quad and to invite observer nations from the Indo-Pacific region. For the first time ever, the four heads of state met to discuss next steps in a virtual summit – US President Joe Biden, Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australia Prime Minister Scott  Morrison, and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

This video conference examines commercial opportunities in research and development, science and  technology cooperation, supply chain resilience, strategic materials and logistics, manufacturing and  management, industry and trade cooperation.

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March 31, 2021

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