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Defining Victory: The Dilemma in Anti-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency

Defining Victory: The Dilemma in Anti-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency

By: Col Harjeet Singh |Issue: Vol 24.3 Jul-Sep 2009 | Date: 12 January 2011

The usage of the term, ‘war’ when battling terrorism or insurgency raises several issues. An important one is the use of the term ‘victory’ to delineate the desired objective in this...

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Defence Procurements: Need for Accountability Audit

Defence Procurements: Need for Accountability Audit

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman |Issue: Vol 25.2 Apr-Jun 2010 | Date: 10 January 2011

Sluggish modernisation of the Indian armed forces has been a cause of serious concern to all who are concerned with national security. Whereas the process of modernisation is lagging behind by 10...

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India should suspend work visas for Chinese

India should suspend work visas for Chinese

By: B Raman |Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 10 January 2011

The Hindu has reported on October 1, 2009, that the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi has been issuing visas on a separate sheet of paper to Indian citizens born and resident in Jammu & Kashmir...

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China dictates development on Indian territory

China dictates development on Indian territory

By: Claude Arpi |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 January 2011

As reported several times on Claude Arpi blog, during the past months, the Chinese have been constructing mega infrastructure projects (roads, airports, five-star hotels) on their side of the...

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US should pay more attention to Balochistan

US should pay more attention to Balochistan

By: B Raman |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 January 2011

There is a need for the US to pay more attention to Balochistan as part of its Af-Pak strategy in order to pacify the Pashtun militancy encouraged by Al Qaeda and the Talibans operating in the...

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Focusing on a National Security Strategic Chain

Focusing on a National Security Strategic Chain

By: NNL/HEM |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 January 2011

PLA Daily published an article that Qiushi Journal later republished stating that China should focus on its national security strategic chain, which is composed of strategic resources, strategic...

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The Samjauta Express Explosion: The Follow-Up

The Samjauta Express Explosion: The Follow-Up

By: B Raman |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 January 2011

“According to American investigators, the LET (Lashkar-e-Toiba) and Al Qaeda  were responsible for the Samjauta Express blast and the HUJI( Harkatul-Jihad-Al-Islami) for the Mecca Masjid blast...

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LTTE'S Self-Destruction

LTTE'S Self-Destruction

By: Lt Gen SC Sardeshpande |Issue: Vol 24.2 Apr-Jun 2009 | Date: 07 January 2011

Insurgency-guerilla war as a combination in the struggle of the weak against the strong has established itself as a strong and successful method of waging an armed struggle. It is said that the...

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Pirates or Naval Al Qaeda or Both?

Pirates or Naval Al Qaeda or Both?

By: B Raman |Issue: Vol 24.2 Apr-Jun 2009 | Date: 07 January 2011

I have been in receipt of the following message on April 8, 2009, from ECOTERRA International, which disseminates a periodic “Somali Marine & Coastal Monitor”: “Danish owned and US-American...

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Public Sector: survival through circumventing competition

Public Sector: survival through circumventing competition

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman |Issue: Vol 24.2 Apr-Jun 2009 | Date: 07 January 2011

The current equipment profile of the Indian Armed Forces has been a matter of serious disquiet to all those who are concerned with national security issues. Many wonder if India possesses the...

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PLA's psywar against the US

PLA's psywar against the US

By: B Raman |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 January 2011

As Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary, gets ready to visit China from January 9 to 12 and as President Hu Jintao’s State visit to Washington DC on January 19 approaches, the People’s...

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The Dubious Deal with ULFA

The Dubious Deal with ULFA

By: Prakash Nanda |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 January 2011

The Assam government, fully backed by New Delhi, has cleared the passage for release of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leaders from jail. On the New Year’s Day, the so-called...

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Indo-French bilateral Naval Exercise 'VARUNA 10' gets underway with two...

Indo-French bilateral Naval Exercise 'VARUNA 10' gets underway with two...

By: IDR News Network |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 January 2011

‘VARUNA 10′ the bilateral naval exercise between the Indian Navy and the French Navy is scheduled to commence from 07 Jan 11 with aircraft carriers, destroyers/frigates, tankers and submarines...

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Spreading roots of extremism in Pakistan

Spreading roots of extremism in Pakistan

By: B Raman |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 January 2011

The roots of extremism are spreading in Pakistan. This is obvious from the assassination of Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, by a policeman belonging to the Elite Force of the Punjab Police...

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Army Chief willing to appear before the PAC

Army Chief willing to appear before the PAC

By: IDR News Network |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 January 2011

New Delhi, Jan 6 (PTI) With the PAC calling the three Services heads to question them in connection with the alleged irregularities in CSD, Army Chief General V K Singh today said he had “no...

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Iran-US Confrontation

Iran-US Confrontation

By: Vikram Sood |Issue: Vol 23.1 Jan-Mar 2008 | Date: 05 January 2011

The world has watched most of the last year and the one preceding, the Iran-US confrontation, at times with baited breath as the two seemed to be on hair trigger alert from time to time. The...

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Meeting Maoist Challenge

Meeting Maoist Challenge

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh |Issue: Vol 25.4 Oct-Dec 2010 | Date: 05 January 2011

While Maoists have been slowly but surely spreading their hold over district after district, scoring a total of over 200 districts, the Indian state slept through this phase spanning over couple...

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Offsets in US Military Sales

Offsets in US Military Sales

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman |Issue: Vol 23.1 Jan-Mar 2008 | Date: 05 January 2011

According to some estimates, India is likely to spend close to USD 100 billion on capital acquisitions during the current plan period of 2007-12. Presently, imports account for nearly 70 percent...

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Pakistan's Punjab Governor Taseer's Assassination

Pakistan's Punjab Governor Taseer's Assassination

By: B Raman |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 January 2011

The assassination of Salman Taseer, the liberal Governor of Punjab, by one of his police security guards at an Islamabad shopping centre on January 4 because of the Governor’s criticism of the...

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Maritime Security: an Indian scenario

Maritime Security: an Indian scenario

By: Commodore G Sharma |Issue: Vol 24.1 Jan-Mar 2009 | Date: 03 January 2011

In the late 1930s, a famous radio program in the USA called War of the Worlds — a story line that proposed an attack on the earth from Mars — created a sensation and instilled fear into the...

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