Countering UAS/UAV: Recent Developments

Countering UAS/UAV: Recent Developments

On 03 January 2020, a US drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump on Baghdad airport killed a top Iranian commander, General Qasem Soleimani who headed the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force. Early on that day, the Iranian commander, stepped off a plane from Syria or Lebanon at Baghdad...

Military Veterans -  A Superb National Resource being Underutilised

Military Veterans -  A Superb National Resource being Underutilised

While reading Sir John Bagot Glubb’s study on ‘The Fate of Empires’, I was struck by his findings, some of which resonate with my life experience and observations of the state of the Indian nation. He examined the rise and fall of 11 empires over 3000 years and found that most of these had an average lifespan of...

75th Anniversary of World War II end – The Forgotten “Burma War”    

75th Anniversary of World War II end – The Forgotten “Burma War”    

Taking cues from fragments of memories still with many families, whose elders fought in different theatres of war, were forced into long retreats or became prisoners of war – this article, is an attempt to touch on a few salient episodes, on the momentous occasion of 75th anniversary of World War II’s end. Their...

Ladakh Standoff: Brinkmanship Gone Wrong

Ladakh Standoff: Brinkmanship Gone Wrong

Ever since the border standoff between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC for short) in Ladakh in May 2020, strategic analysts have been struggling to decipher the Chinese motives. Irrespective of nationality or ideological preferences, most agree that it was China that initiated the crisis. Some...

Pakistan Democratic Movement and the Military Proclivity

Pakistan Democratic Movement and the Military Proclivity

Although India continues to be the eternal enemy of Pakistan, the people of Pakistan no longer blindly yield to the establishment’s narrative – a narrative inventively built by showcasing some illusory Indian threat. Islam, too, continues to be a national unifier for Pakistan to some extent. But Islamabad’s Islam...

Checking Cross LoC Infiltration by Pakistan

Checking Cross LoC Infiltration by Pakistan

One of the easiest ways by which an adversary/ enemy can access those areas which necessarily have to be protected from the former is through an underground passageway facilitated through a tunnel. This method, has over the decades, been perfected to such an extent that illegal immigrants wishing to settle down in the...

Countering UAS/UAV: Recent Developments

Countering UAS/UAV: Recent Developments

On 03 January 2020, a US drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump on Baghdad airport killed a top Iranian commander, General Qasem Soleimani who headed the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force. Early on that day, the Iranian commander, stepped off a plane from Syria or Lebanon at Baghdad...

Military Veterans -  A Superb National Resource being Underutilised

Military Veterans -  A Superb National Resource being Underutilised

While reading Sir John Bagot Glubb’s study on ‘The Fate of Empires’, I was struck by his findings, some of which resonate with my life experience and observations of the state of the Indian nation. He examined the rise and fall of 11 empires over 3000 years and found that most of these had an average lifespan of...

75th Anniversary of World War II end – The Forgotten “Burma War”    

75th Anniversary of World War II end – The Forgotten “Burma War”    

Taking cues from fragments of memories still with many families, whose elders fought in different theatres of war, were forced into long retreats or became prisoners of war – this article, is an attempt to touch on a few salient episodes, on the momentous occasion of 75th anniversary of World War II’s end. Their...

Nagrota Encounter: A Critical Appraisal of Pakistan’s intent and our Response

Nagrota Encounter: A Critical Appraisal of Pakistan’s intent and our Response

The successful encounter at Nagrota, near Jammu on NH 44, in which four heavily armed Pakistani terrorists were eliminated by the alert and diligent Indian security forces, has once again exposed the fact that the ‘Deep State’ in Pakistan continues to rule the roost with a singular agenda of ‘bleeding India with a...

Fake Army of Assam

Fake Army of Assam

Incidents of terrorists wearing Army uniforms to attack army bases in Jammu and Kashmir have been happening over past years. Donning Army uniforms naturally would help terrorists close in to entrance of a unit base even by daylight, duping  sentries posing as regular Army soldiers, open surprise fire to kill them and...

Kashmir: Self appointed, self serving leadership is now in self preservation mode

Kashmir: Self appointed, self serving leadership is now in self preservation mode

In the wake of the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and abrogation of Article 370, the political structures in Kashmir that were aligned with separatism and soft separatism have been left without viable agendas. Articulation on the subject can draw a lead from the “Gupkar Declaration” of 4 August, 2019....

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

The Dragon in the Room

The Dragon in the Room

The recent signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by 15 nations, which India rejected,...

Operations of 1971 War

Operations of 1971 War

By January 1967, I had retired. I continued, however, to follow military events very closely and like every Indian....

Indo-Pak 1971 War: Remembering India's Great Victory

Indo-Pak 1971 War: Remembering India's Great Victory

On the evening of 3 December, 1971, at about 5.40 PM, fighter aircraft of the Pakistan Air force (PAF) carried out a coordinated, pre-emptive air strike on Indian Air Force bases in Amritsar, Pathankot, Srinagar, Avantipur, Utterlai, Jodhpur, Ambala and Agra. The air strikes were supported by heavy Artillery shelling all along the border and a massive attack in the strategically important...

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Colombo-Delhi-Male Dialogue: Looking beyond Maritime Security

Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval’s visit to Colombo to attend the 4th National Security Adviser-level Trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation among India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives provided an important forum for another round of Colombo-New Delhi high-level briefing on bilateral, regional, and international developments. The issues discussed with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa included Indo-Lanka security cooperation,...

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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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Rafale aircraft's Formal Induction Ceremony

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh along with the Minister of Armed Forces of the French...

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The Naval Commanders’ Conference

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh with the Naval Commanders, at the Naval Commanders’...

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The First Rafale Aircraft

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief...

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