Articles By Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.)

Credible Deterrence must remain Leitmotif of India’s Security Policies

Credible Deterrence must remain Leitmotif of India’s Security Policies

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 06 Sep , 2019

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day announcement on August 15 about the institution of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has, justifiably, evoked hosannas from the armed forces...

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INS Arihant and India's nuclear triad: Lessons to be learnt

INS Arihant and India's nuclear triad: Lessons to be learnt

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 21 Dec , 2018

The surge of national pride at the recent completion of a ‘deterrent patrol’ by the Indian Navy’s (IN) first home-built, nuclear propelled, ballistic-missile armed submarine (termed SSBN),...

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Better Civil-Military Relations Needed for Improved Security of Indian State

Better Civil-Military Relations Needed for Improved Security of Indian State

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 22 Jul , 2018

Only a diehard optimist would expect that India’s elected representatives would find the time to reflect on national security. But, with Parliament in session, should the improbable come to pass,...

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India’s Aviation Industry: In need of a New Model and Leadership

India’s Aviation Industry: In need of a New Model and Leadership

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 09 Jul , 2018

India’s aviation industry traces its roots to December 1940, when industrialist Seth Walchand Hirachand (1882-1953) established Hindustan Aircraft Limited (HAL) in Bangalore, with American...

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India must not abandon its LCA project

India must not abandon its LCA project

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 12 May , 2018

In its pursuit of global maritime dominance, China has decided to create a force of three aircraft-carriers – one for each of its fleets. Like India, China first acquired an old Soviet-era...

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Heed the Refrain: India's 'Half-Empty Arsenal' Endangering National Security

Heed the Refrain: India's 'Half-Empty Arsenal' Endangering National Security

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 03 Apr , 2018

India’s political leadership, preferring to accord priority to electoral politics, has seemingly distanced itself from national security issues. At the same time, the armed forces have been...

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India, Australia must commit to cooperation in Indo-Pacific

India, Australia must commit to cooperation in Indo-Pacific

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Date: 30 Jan , 2018

Part of the same geographic hemisphere, India and Australia are key players in a shared strategic environment. Both countries also share the fraternity of the Commonwealth, speak the same...

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Doklam denouement: India needs long-term strategies to counter China

Doklam denouement: India needs long-term strategies to counter China

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Date: 03 Sep , 2017

Accustomed as we are to shrill hyperbole in India’s public discourse, the description of the tense Himalayan face-off as the “incident at Doklam” and its denouement as “expeditious disengagement...

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India needs urgent national security reforms

India needs urgent national security reforms

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Date: 30 Jul , 2017

A “security dilemma” in international relations represents a situation in which accretion of power — military and economic — by a state generates fear amongst its rivals, leading to tensions, a...

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Rise of the PLA Navy and its implications for India

Rise of the PLA Navy and its implications for India

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 06 Apr , 2017

“The traditional mentality that land outweighs sea must be abandoned,” says China’s 2015 Military Strategy, and goes on to add; “In line with the new strategic requirement of ‘offshore...

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Whither Navy's LCA?

Whither Navy's LCA?

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 07 Feb , 2017

The peremptory rejection of the shipborne variant of Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) by the Indian Navy (IN) seems to have surprised most navy-watching analysts. Their confusion has been...

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Made-in-India Jet Fighter: Big Step in Weapons Self-Reliance

Made-in-India Jet Fighter: Big Step in Weapons Self-Reliance

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Date: 04 Jul , 2016

On July 1, 2016, No.45 Squadron IAF became the proud recipient of India’s first indigenous 4th generation+ fighter; the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) dubbed Tejas. This marks, not just an...

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International Fleet Review 2016: Foreign Policy by other means?

International Fleet Review 2016: Foreign Policy by other means?

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 04 Feb , 2016

India’s first citizen, President Pranab Mukherjee, will be accorded a rare honor by the Indian Navy (IN), on Saturday, February 6.  Embarked  on the, white-painted, Presidential Yacht,...

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India's Civil-Military Dissonance: Playing with Nation’s Security

India's Civil-Military Dissonance: Playing with Nation’s Security

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Date: 29 Jan , 2016

India’s Republic Day on Tuesday (January 26) was celebrated with traditional pageantry and the citizen gets a panoramic view of the country’s military capability. Intelligence inputs warn that...

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Planning for Tomorrow's Navy

Planning for Tomorrow's Navy

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Book Excerpt: From the Crow\'s Nest | Date: 07 Aug , 2014

Our racial memory has, with good reason, always been obsessed by the perpetual threat of invasion from the Himalayan passes; the Pakistani marauders who came across Uri in 1947 and the Peoples...

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What the Armed Forces Expect from DRDO?

What the Armed Forces Expect from DRDO?

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Book Excerpt: From the Crow\'s Nest | Date: 02 Jul , 2014

At the outset, I would like to say that there is a need to unequivocally highlight the importance of the DRDO in the Navy’s scheme of things, and our sense of pride in your achievements. What...

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India's Quest for an Indigenous Aircraft Carrier

India's Quest for an Indigenous Aircraft Carrier

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Vol 21.3 Jul-Sep 2006 | Date: 12 Aug , 2013

It was indeed fortuitous for our navy that at the moment of India’s independence, those charged with planning for the nation’s embryonic maritime force included many men of vision. In 1948,...

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A Vision of Maritime India 2020

A Vision of Maritime India 2020

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 13 Oct , 2012

“What ship? Where bound?” is the traditional nautical query that goes out on the air when a warship encounters a stranger on the high seas. Recently an Indian Navy frigate on passage to the...

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Outsourcing of Defence Production

Outsourcing of Defence Production

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Book Excerpt: From the Crow\'s Nest | Date: 20 Jun , 2012

The Kelkar Committee report, as you know had focused on “strengthening self-reliance in defence preparedness”, and this has logically led them to recommend measures which will create synergies...

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Future of Aerospace Power

Future of Aerospace Power

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Vol 22.2 Apr-Jun 2007 | Date: 13 Feb , 2012

Let me start by being the devil’s advocate and making two points to this audience. One: that this seminar is about “Aerospace Power” and not “Air Force Power”. The army and the navy,...

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