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First CH-47F (I) Chinooks for the Indian Air Force arrive in Gujarat

First CH-47F (I) Chinooks for the Indian Air Force arrive in Gujarat

By: IDR News Network |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 February 2019

Boeing today announced the arrival of the first four CH-47F (I) Chinooks for the Indian Air Force at the Mundra Port in Gujarat. The CH-47F (I) Chinook will be ferried to Chandigarh, where it will...

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HAL and India's Race to the Bottom

HAL and India's Race to the Bottom

By: Gp Capt Murli Menon, (Retd) |Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 09 February 2019

The Mirage 2000 crash in Bengaluru and the tragic fatalities of the two test pilots must make Indian policy-makers recognise and take steps to urgently address the conditions in which the...

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Terrorism as a Cancer: Does this Metaphor Work for India?

Terrorism as a Cancer: Does this Metaphor Work for India?

By: Dr Krishna S Dhir, PhD |Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 09 February 2019

Though primarily a medical term, the word ‘cancer’ is increasingly being applied to ideas associated with ‘terrorism’. It is generally understood that cancer is triggered by conditions...

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Downsizing the Indian Army

Downsizing the Indian Army

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch |Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 08 February 2019

While the MoD may be swayed by 300,000-manpower reduction in the PLA, US concept of Integrated Brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan and the German concept of three rifle company battalions, all this...

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Trumps Himalayan blunder in Afghanistan and India’s options

Trumps Himalayan blunder in Afghanistan and India’s options

By: Col Jaibans Singh |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 February 2019

Among the many disasters that have marked the presidency of Donald Trump, his Afghanistan policy will stand out in history as the most catastrophic. Trump has, right from his campaign for the...

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Maritime Crime and Terrorism

Maritime Crime and Terrorism

By: Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan |Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 07 February 2019

The diverse nature of maritime crimes and threats is blurring the distinction between traditional defence against other nation states, to ensuring broader maritime security from non-traditional...

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The Veil behind the Proxy War

The Veil behind the Proxy War

By: RSN Singh |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 February 2019

Recently, the Maharashtra ATS arrested nine suspects allegedly owing allegiance to Islamic State. They were planning to carry out chemical attacks in large public gatherings including the Kumbh....

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Myanmar: A civil war developing in Rakhine State

Myanmar: A civil war developing in Rakhine State

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan |Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 06 February 2019

The conflict in Rakhine State is slowly developing into a civil war that will have repercussions not only in Rakhine State but may also spread into Chin Area and thereby getting close to the...

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Defence Budget 2019-20 Not Based on Threat Perception

Defence Budget 2019-20 Not Based on Threat Perception

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 February 2019

Surprisingly, not considering the threat perception the defence budget for the fiscal 2019-2020 has been merely increased by 6.87 per cent to Rs. 3,18,93 crore against last year’s allocation of...

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American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will be calamitous for region

American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will be calamitous for region

By: Jai Kumar Verma |Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 05 February 2019

US President Donald Trump is desperate to recall troops from Afghanistan for domestic compulsions and, for this, he appointed Zalmay Khalilzad as special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation in...

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A Wake up Call: ‘Izzat’ at Stake

A Wake up Call: ‘Izzat’ at Stake

By: Brig Anil Gupta |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 February 2019

Jammu & Kashmir continues to hog media limelight for one reason or the other. A recent happening in Kashmir, though outrageous and barbaric has failed to sensitise the Lutyens media while the...

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Murder of Isharat Muneer exposes merciless, sadistic, brutal face of terrorists

Murder of Isharat Muneer exposes merciless, sadistic, brutal face of terrorists

By: Col Jaibans Singh |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 February 2019

“Fear” is the primary instrument for the sustenance of terror! Terrorists depend upon this element to further their multifarious unholy activities, be it wanton killing of innocents,...

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Defence Forces and National Budget

Defence Forces and National Budget

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 February 2019

The size of nation’s defence budget is related to a wide range of factors. With GDP as the base, the percentage of it, which should be allocated to defence depends on a number of issues. The...

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UAVs: A Potential Game Changer for Indian Coast Guard for SAR and Maritime...

UAVs: A Potential Game Changer for Indian Coast Guard for SAR and Maritime...

By: Nasima Khatoon |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 February 2019

In last forty years, responsibilities of Indian costal maritime security have been transferred to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) from Indian Navy. ICG have recently come up with the plan of adding...

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Defence of Srinagar 1947

Defence of Srinagar 1947

By: Col Bhaskar Sarkar |Issue: Book Excerpt: Outstanding Victories of the Indian Army | Date: 03 February 2019

Battle of Shalateng When the British left in 1947 after creating Pakistan and India, the Princely States were given the option of acceding to India or Pakistan or to remain independent. All the...

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Strangulating the Neelam Valley

Strangulating the Neelam Valley

By: K.N. Pandita |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 February 2019

Kashmir historian Kalhan Pandit (mid-12th century) has made a mention of river Krishnaganga several times in his chronicle Rajatarangini and has also given some useful hints about its geographical...

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Kargil War: Role Played by the Indian Air Force

Kargil War: Role Played by the Indian Air Force

By: Maj Gen Jagjit Singh |Issue: Book Excerpt: Artillery: The Battle-Winning Arm | Date: 02 February 2019

The bold decision taken by the Indian Government on May 25, 1999 to employ the air force in the Kargil War played an important role in the ultimate victory. Never before in military history had...

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Defence Budget 2019: A positive Increase

Defence Budget 2019: A positive Increase

By: Danvir Singh |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 February 2019

Acting Finance Minister of India, Mr Piyush Goyal presented an interim budget in this election year of 2019. Many experts had predicted a low key defence budget for the FY 19-20. There was seen a...

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Xi’s Disquieting Dream of National Rejuvenation

Xi’s Disquieting Dream of National Rejuvenation

By: Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar |Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 01 February 2019

In the run up to the First World War, Germany pursued a combination of overbearing diplomacy and brinkmanship to achieve policy goals, despite the risk of war. Demanding a review of the...

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The Super Power Buckles

The Super Power Buckles

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) |Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 31 January 2019

Eighteen years after the US launched the first global war on terrorism in Afghanistan, the end state desired at its commencement by the US and its Afghan supporters for this impoverished and...

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