Budgeting For Defence

Budgeting For Defence

On the last day of February this year, the stylized presentation of the Union Budget was much awaited for the substance of its content, it being the first full Budget of the present Government. Equally awaited by the defence and strategic community were the details of the Defence Budget. It was followed by the annual...

Af-Pak - Strategic Conflict Coalescing

Af-Pak - Strategic Conflict Coalescing

It is interesting to observe the myriad colours of geopolitical power play being enacted in the Af-Pak region.  Closer home, in Pakistan, the anti-Shia sectarian violence has already claimed 170 lives this year, the increase attributed to the rise of ISIS influence in Pakistan, with terror groups like the TTP,...

Nathu La to Kailash: Trip down the memory lane

Nathu La to Kailash: Trip down the memory lane

Once upon a time, not far from Nathu-la, the pass situated at 4,310 metres above sea level between Sikkim and Tibet, India had a stunning Trade Agency in Yatung in Tibet. This came back to mind when I saw some photos of the launch of the second pilgrims’ route to Mount Kailash. When Chinese President Xi Jinping...

Af-Pak - Strategic Conflict Coalescing

Af-Pak - Strategic Conflict Coalescing

It is interesting to observe the myriad colours of geopolitical power play being enacted in the Af-Pak region.  Closer home, in Pakistan, the anti-Shia sectarian violence has already claimed 170 lives this year, the increase attributed to the rise of ISIS influence in Pakistan, with terror groups like the TTP,...

Nathu La to Kailash: Trip down the memory lane

Nathu La to Kailash: Trip down the memory lane

Once upon a time, not far from Nathu-la, the pass situated at 4,310 metres above sea level between Sikkim and Tibet, India had a stunning Trade Agency in Yatung in Tibet. This came back to mind when I saw some photos of the launch of the second pilgrims’ route to Mount Kailash. When Chinese President Xi Jinping...

Can Air Power Defeat the ISIS?

Can Air Power Defeat the ISIS?

The USA decided to lead a coalition of countries to stem the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi-led ISIS expansion. The ISIS has around 70,000 fighters including 8,000 in Libya and 10,000 in Nigeria. It is also estimated to have at least one attack helicopter, three MiG-21 and five drones. A large number of regional players who felt...

Western Air Command Senior Medical Officers Conference 2015: Curtain Raiser

Western Air Command Senior Medical Officers Conference 2015: Curtain Raiser

SMOs’ (Senior Medical Officers) Annual Conference is being conducted at Headquarters Western Air Command (WAC), New Delhi on 03 and 04 Jul 2015. About 50 Medical Officers; all heads of Field Hospitals and Medicare centres of AF Stations under WAC will arrive in the National capital to review and plan the operational...

HAL Spearheads AASSC Mandated to Bridge Skill Gaps in Aerospace Sector

HAL Spearheads AASSC Mandated to Bridge Skill Gaps in Aerospace Sector

The newly constituted Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skill Council (AASSC) has drawn a plan to certify around 5,20,000 trainees and groom 6,000 trainers over a period of 10 years in the aerospace sector. “We have signed the term sheet with NSDC covering project objectives, segments, target training trades and broad...

Commodore Alok Bhatnagar, NM takes over as Naval officer-in-charge (Tamilnadu & Puducherry)

Commodore Alok Bhatnagar, NM takes over as Naval officer-in-charge (Tamilnadu & Puducherry)

Commodore Alok Bhatnagar, NM has taken over as the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Tamilnadu & Puducherry) on 30 Jun 2015 from Commodore Amar K Mahadevan, VSM on his superannuation, at a ceremonial parade conducted at INS Adyar, Navy Office, Chennai. The Commodore, prior to his appointment was serving as Principal Director...

INS Teg Reaches Seychelles: To carry out EEZ Surveillance and Represent India during National Day celebrations

INS Teg Reaches Seychelles: To carry out EEZ Surveillance and Represent India during National Day celebrations

India has a strong and longstanding relationship with Seychelles of which defence cooperation is a very significant component. The defence cooperation between the two nations includes cooperation in the field of Training, Hydrography and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). India has also provided a Fast Attack Craft and...

Kidnap for Ransom and Linkages to Terrorism Finance in India

Kidnap for Ransom and Linkages to Terrorism Finance in India

India’s tryst with contemporary terrorism started with the birth of the Khalistani movement in Punjab, which was followed by insurgency in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. On the other hand, Maoist insurgency with a pan-Indian presence and insurgency in India’s north-east has been one of the teething issues...

Indian Navy and Coast Guard Rescues: 20 Crew Members of MV Jindal Kamakshi

Indian Navy and Coast Guard Rescues: 20 Crew Members of MV Jindal Kamakshi

At about 11:00 PM on 21 June 15 an Indian flagged, container vessel “Jindal Kamakshi” sent out a distress alert. The vessel was on passage from Mundra to Kochi with 20 crew members onboard. The merchant vessel was about 100 km from the Mumbai harbour and reported that it was tilting to one side by 20 degrees. Bad...

Budgeting For Defence

Budgeting For Defence

On the last day of February this year, the stylized presentation of the Union Budget was much awaited for the substance of its content, it being the first full Budget of the present Government. Equally awaited by the defence and strategic community were the details of the Defence Budget. It was followed by the annual...

Airbus Group appoints Pierre de Bausset as President

Airbus Group appoints Pierre de Bausset as President

Airbus Group has consolidated its Divisions in India under Airbus Group India Private Limited. Taking responsibility of the new company as President is Pierre de Bausset, a 25-year veteran of Airbus Group and its former Corporate Secretary. India is the first international market where local operations have been brought...

Boeing, Embraer to Collaborate on ecoDemonstrator Technology Tests

Boeing, Embraer to Collaborate on ecoDemonstrator Technology Tests

Boeing and Embraer S.A. announced that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to improve aviation’s environmental performance. This expands ongoing cooperation between two of the world’s largest airplane manufacturers. Frederico Curado,...

Interviews / Spotlight

1971: Manekshaw Prepares for War

1971: Manekshaw Prepares for War

As in other Eastern countries, the Indian public is easily swayed by sentiment. Important issues are taken to the streets instead of being debated calmly. Slogan-shouting crowds are used by political leaders to build-up public opinion on issues of the moment. Even the news media lend a hand with subjective reporting and...

China’s move on Lakhvi not about terrorism, but about sending India and...

China’s move on Lakhvi not about terrorism, but about sending India and...

The Chinese bailout of Pakistan on the Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi case in the United Nations on...

 
1965: Assessment of Chief of the Army Staff

1965: Assessment of Chief of the Army Staff

I feel an assessment of the then Chief of the Army Staff, General Chowdhary, is called for. I...

 
Crass politicization of terrorism in India

Crass politicization of terrorism in India

Ever since India began to be subjected to unremitting terrorism from Pakistan, mostly in direct...

Role of R&AW during Emergency

Role of R&AW during Emergency

When Kao had come to Paris to introduce me to Alexandre de Marenches, he was in receipt of a top...

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Bernhard Gerwert, CEO, Airbus Defence and Space, calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi

They discussed various projects in India, in the aerospace, defence and civil aviation sectors. Mr....

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NCC Girls’ Expedition Flagged in after Scaling Mt Deo-Tibba

Officiating Director General NCC Maj Gen C Prakash flagged-in the NCC Girl Expedition team to Mount...

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Indian Army Recruitment Goes Online

Lt Gen Philip Campose, Vice Chief of Army Staff launched a new website, www.joinindianarmy.nic.in, of the...

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French Naval Ships Dixmude and Aconit Visit Visakhapatnam

French Naval Ships Dixmude (Landing Platform Dock) and Aconit (Frigate) are on a visit to Visakhapatnam...

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US Secretary of Defence Visits Eastern Naval Command

Dr. Ashton Carter, the US Secretary of Defence, accompanied by Mrs Stephanie Carter and a thirteen member...

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