US- Iran Stand Off: Implications of Geography

US- Iran Stand Off: Implications of Geography

Escalating Tensions In May this year US terminated its waiver for all nations importing Iranian oil. This has dwindled Iranian oil exports from 2.5 billion barrel per day (bpd) in 2018 May to 400,000 bpd per day this May. In early May this year, citing confirmed intelligence reports of Iran’s threat to its interests...

Pushing the Red Line: Analysing India’s Response Post Pulwama

Pushing the Red Line: Analysing India’s Response Post Pulwama

Balakot as a target was diligently selected after confirmed intelligence reports of presence of terror camps. Words were carefully chosen to justify the strikes and garner the needed international support. “Non-military” meant that the strikes were not carried on any military targets but on selected terror hubs....

Space Warfare – India Finds Focus

Space Warfare – India Finds Focus

Preparations for space warfare and developing weaponry for it commenced globally decades ago. Its scope included ground-to-space warfare like attacking satellites from the earth – anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, space-to-space warfare like satellites attacking satellites, as well as space-to-ground warfare for attacking...

US- Iran Stand Off: Implications of Geography

US- Iran Stand Off: Implications of Geography

Escalating Tensions In May this year US terminated its waiver for all nations importing Iranian oil. This has dwindled Iranian oil exports from 2.5 billion barrel per day (bpd) in 2018 May to 400,000 bpd per day this May. In early May this year, citing confirmed intelligence reports of Iran’s threat to its interests...

Understanding the Riddle of Indian Defence Dependency

Understanding the Riddle of Indian Defence Dependency

Part-1 As the first IDSA military history research fellow, I was engaged in studying the Anglo-Maratha wars of 18th and early 19th century. During my research I came across a very interesting episode. In 1780s while the English were fighting Marathas on one hand and yet on the other hand they also supplied gunpowder to...

Securing India’s Rightful Place in the Comity of Nations

Securing India’s Rightful Place in the Comity of Nations

By end-May, a new government will be in power in India. Evidently it will be a NDA government with reinforced mandate in power for the 17th Lok Sabha. However, the wounded opposition is likely to be more aggressive. While in Opposition, the UPA has set a precedent of disruptions in the running of the Parliament during...

Space Warfare – India Finds Focus

Space Warfare – India Finds Focus

Preparations for space warfare and developing weaponry for it commenced globally decades ago. Its scope included ground-to-space warfare like attacking satellites from the earth – anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, space-to-space warfare like satellites attacking satellites, as well as space-to-ground warfare for attacking...

Balakot Imbroglio: Do tell us what happened at Balakot

Balakot Imbroglio: Do tell us what happened at Balakot

Did India over play the “surgical strike” of September 2016 in an effort to draw maximum political millage from that? Pakistan’s reaction had resulted in, increase in cross border firing and more deaths of Indian soldiers and civilians on one part and on the other, an increase in infiltration of terrorists across...

A Road Map for the New Defence Minister

A Road Map for the New Defence Minister

Like Mr. Modi’s googly in the general election, the shifting of Rajnath Singh to the South Block is nothing short of a Chinaman. And the country he has to checkmate in the coming years in terms of strategy and defence preparedness has to be China. Mr. George Fernandes was candid enough to term China as Enemy No 1....

Pushing the Red Line: Analysing India’s Response Post Pulwama

Pushing the Red Line: Analysing India’s Response Post Pulwama

Balakot as a target was diligently selected after confirmed intelligence reports of presence of terror camps. Words were carefully chosen to justify the strikes and garner the needed international support. “Non-military” meant that the strikes were not carried on any military targets but on selected terror hubs....

National Security Challenges

National Security Challenges

The hype created about uncertainty of the outcome of election 2019 has ended with the nation re-imposing its faith in the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and expressing satisfaction with the performance of the government led by him. The new government has been sworn in, is firmly in saddle and has begun its work from...

Pulwama to Garhchiroli – training and accountability need focus

Pulwama to Garhchiroli – training and accountability need focus

BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi and the four security personnel were killed as Maoists targeted his convoy of three vehicles, including the MLA’s bullet-proof one, in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh on April 9, 2019. The incident occurred at Shyamagiri hills when the MLA’s convoy was heading towards Kuwakonda from Bacheli...

India’s 5G Network

India’s 5G Network

As the 5G networks begin taking shape world over, medical researchers are raising fears of health hazards from 5G. These include overall adverse effects on health and the DNA, leading to cancer, tissue deterioration and disruption of cell metabolism and the like. But then, medicos also warn of radiation effects because...

Eric Beranger appointed as CEO of MBDA

Eric Beranger appointed as CEO of MBDA

Eric Beranger is to be MBDA’s new Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 1 June 2019, replacing Antoine Bouvier. Over the past 20 years Eric has worked in a number of senior positions in Airbus Defence and Space, and most lately led Global Communications Company OneWeb. Speaking of the news, Eric Beranger said:...

INS Vela: The Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine

INS Vela: The Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine

Vela, the fourth Scorpene class submarine being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched on 06 May 2019, by Mrs Veena Ajay Kumar, wife of Dr Ajay Kumar, IAS, Secretary Defence Production, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Vice Admiral AK Saxena, CWP&A was also present...

Interviews / Spotlight

A Terrorist State Clamouring for Peace

A Terrorist State Clamouring for Peace

Hours before leaving for the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meet, Prime...

Flight Refuellers for the IAF: Lessons from Gagan Shakti 2018

Flight Refuellers for the IAF: Lessons from Gagan Shakti 2018

Nine months of planning for Exercise Gagan Shakti brought forth immaculate execution during the period from April 08...

Lt. Saurabh Kalia: The Patrol Leader

Lt. Saurabh Kalia: The Patrol Leader

This is the story of a young officer, all of 23 years and his five brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us. They did not get martyrdom in a best thinkable way, that is, fighting the enemy but by being tortured slowly for 22-23 days and were finally shot dead. I wrote about these 6 valiant soldiers in 2009 on 10th anniversary of Kargil war and again I am feeling compelled to remind...

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A Kargil War Hero Nobody Ever Wrote About

First Published on: http://akkarbakkar.com/ It was a tough decision to write this but I have nothing to hide. The more I stare at his name plate stuck neatly on to my notice board, the more angry I get for how easily you have forgotten him. The letters in white engraved onto the black plate say — C B DWIVEDI in capital letters — in English and in Hindi. Every year I come across multiple articles on the ‘Heroes of the Kargil war’...

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The CAS visits AF STN Bhisiana and Sarsawa

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa and the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western...

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Passing Out Parade - Spring Term 2019 Held at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat with the passing out trainees from friendly foreign nations,...

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Induction ceremony of CH-4F (I) Chinook heavy lift Helicopters

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa handing over a symbolic key to Group Captain...

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Guard of Honour

The Chief of the Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Air Marshal Gavin Neil Davies inspecting the Guard...

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Tri-Services troops of Andaman & Nicobar Islands Command

The Union Minister for Defence Nirmala Sitharaman with the Tri-Services troops of Andaman & Nicobar...

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