"India plays a very important role, and we're looking to deepen our relationship with the government of India, including the Deputy Secretary of Defence (Ashton) Carter's efforts to look at streamlining sales between the two countries. So India, the bottom line, is a key player in the region, and we look forward to continuing to build an even stronger defence relationship," Little said.
During his trip to India early this year, Panetta had entrusted Carter with the task of working with Indians to reduce bureaucratic hurdles in defence trade between India and the US.
"He (Carter) has been very active and engaged on this issue. I'm not aware of a specific report per se, but let me assure you that he is working on this matter very hard," the Pentagon spokesperson said.