Challenges Before Theatre Commands

Challenges Before Theatre Commands

Will the year 2021 see the realisation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat’s proposed road¬map for the restructuring of the Indian Armed Forces into five distinct ‘Theatre commands’? This is, indeed, a radical reform-proposal pertaining to our armed forces. And as has been the case with every...

Fast-tracking of Indo-Pacific Partnership

Fast-tracking of Indo-Pacific Partnership

The Eurasian Times of 17 January reported de-classification of a US highly confidential ten-page report prepared by Assistant Secretary Robert C O’ Brian which, among other things, highlights the importance of India in the US’ Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific as the Trump Administration’s overarching...

Miniaturization of Warfare

Miniaturization of Warfare

The last eight decades saw warfare being transformed from large battleships to small drones. The nineties decade and beyond saw the miniaturization of phones and computers. RMA is poised to take place whereby weapons systems will become smaller and smaller. Small and efficient and precise are the hallmarks of the 21st...

Fast-tracking of Indo-Pacific Partnership

Fast-tracking of Indo-Pacific Partnership

The Eurasian Times of 17 January reported de-classification of a US highly confidential ten-page report prepared by Assistant Secretary Robert C O’ Brian which, among other things, highlights the importance of India in the US’ Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific as the Trump Administration’s overarching...

Miniaturization of Warfare

Miniaturization of Warfare

The last eight decades saw warfare being transformed from large battleships to small drones. The nineties decade and beyond saw the miniaturization of phones and computers. RMA is poised to take place whereby weapons systems will become smaller and smaller. Small and efficient and precise are the hallmarks of the 21st...

Kashmir: New Pakistan Sponsored Terror “Kids on the Block”

Kashmir: New Pakistan Sponsored Terror “Kids on the Block”

Pakistan has excelled in “Keeping the pot boiling” so far as perpetration of terror, dissension and disruption in Kashmir is concerned. No amount of pressure, domestic or international, has lowered the determination of those in the country who are vested with this responsibility. They are unmindful of the...

Challenges Before Theatre Commands

Challenges Before Theatre Commands

Will the year 2021 see the realisation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat’s proposed road¬map for the restructuring of the Indian Armed Forces into five distinct ‘Theatre commands’? This is, indeed, a radical reform-proposal pertaining to our armed forces. And as has been the case with every...

Equipment Capability Gaps: Its Impact on Mission Outcomes

Equipment Capability Gaps: Its Impact on Mission Outcomes

“In the 21st century, leaders who lack sufficient technical know – how, function at a marked disadvantage. An officer or a soldier who feels insecure about even a small portion of his weapon, will not be able to meet with the rapidly changing conditions of modern day combat. An Army that feels it possesses the...

Impact of 1965 War on Pakistan

Impact of 1965 War on Pakistan

Pakistan Army realised the vulnerability of East Pakistan, with its 4100 Km border with India and defended by a weak division with only two effective brigades – even though it was never attacked by India. At hindsight, the Indian decision not to activate the eastern front paid dividends in the 1971 War. Had India...

Kashmiri Pandits offered three choices by Radical Islamists

Kashmiri Pandits offered three choices by Radical Islamists

On Jan, 04, 1990, a local Urdu newspaper, Aftab, published a press release issued by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, asking all Pandits to leave the Valley immediately. Al Safa, another local daily repeated the warning.These warnings were followed by Kalashnikov-wielding masked Jehadis carrying out military-type marches openly....

Indo-Pacific: An Emerging Outlook for the 21st Century

Indo-Pacific: An Emerging Outlook for the 21st Century

Strategically located in the Indian Ocean, India was a flourishing economic and cultural centre from the dawn of civilisation. As historian KM Panikkar in his seminal work ‘India and the Indian Ocean’, brought out, “Millenniums before Columbus sailed the Atlantic and Magellan crossed the Pacific, the Indian Ocean...

Harnessing Youth Power in Jammu & Kashmir

Harnessing Youth Power in Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir has suffered tremendously in the shadow of the gun for the last almost three decades. Violence hit the youth of the region most of all. Their education and development suffered since families were engrossed in the day to day challenge of survival. As a result, they lost out on employment opportunities...

FDI in Defence Manufacturing-26-49-100 Percent

FDI in Defence Manufacturing-26-49-100 Percent

There are times when a nation is blessed with decisive leadership, which can take bold policy initiatives that would benefit future generations. In the budget of 2014, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in defence production was increased from the then 26 percent to 49 percent. There was noticeable excitement amongst the...

Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces awards Rosoboronexport with Certificate of Honor

Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces awards Rosoboronexport with Certificate of Honor

In line with Order No. 1 of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin dated October 15, 2020, Rosoboronexport JSC (part of Rostec State Corporation) has been awarded the Certificate of Honor “For merit in strengthening the country’s defense capacity and developing...

Complexification and Public-Private Positioning in the Land Forces Armament Sector

Complexification and Public-Private Positioning in the Land Forces Armament Sector

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, restructuring has pervaded the land forces defense industry. Without the needs demanded by such a threat, a transformation precipitated in the Western industrial apparatus. Land defense systems have become increasingly complex, while economic conditions have altered the industry...

Interviews / Spotlight

Kashmiri Pandits: The Longest Night

Kashmiri Pandits: The Longest Night

Here is an eye witness account of that night by Capt S.K. Tikoo (Retd), who along with his family experienced the...

Decline of a Superpower – Trump brings down the US to the Bihar-Bengal-UP...

Decline of a Superpower – Trump brings down the US to the Bihar-Bengal-UP...

We do not have to be admirers or students of Edward Gibbon when we look at the events across the Atlantic in the...

India Beefs up Air force with Indigenous Fighter Jets: Dawn of a New Era in Military Self-Reliance

India Beefs up Air force with Indigenous Fighter Jets: Dawn of a New Era in Military Self-Reliance

 “Quantity has a quality, all its own,” is a phrase attributed to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. He was referring to Russia’s numerical preponderance in men and machines, which had brought the technologically-superior German Wehrmacht to a grinding halt during World War II. While this aphorism may not be quite apt in the context of India’s fourth-generation Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)...

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Book Excerpts - 1962 War: Reflections of the Past

Introduction If one event has deeply marked the Indian psyche since Independence, it is certainly the short Sino-Indian conflict in October/November 1962. The publication of a new book (in this particular case, a compilation) on this subject is therefore always welcome, as it helps to understand what went wrong, as well as the positive sides. For the Indian nation, the 1962 conflict with China was indeed most traumatic, particularly for the...

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Occasion of Army Day 2021

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund...

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Occasion of Vijay Diwas

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh releasing a logo at the National War Memorial, on the...

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Combined Graduation Parade of Autumn

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh witnessing the Combined Graduation Parade of Autumn term, at...

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Shastra Puja at Sukna War Memorial, in Darjeeling

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh performs Shastra Puja at Sukna War Memorial, in Darjeeling,...

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Atal Tunnel, Rohtang

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh along with the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram...

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