Articles By Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa

‘Right Sizing’: Cold Start vs Cold Feet

‘Right Sizing’: Cold Start vs Cold Feet

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 May , 2016

The bugle call is sounded – ‘Right size’ the Army. Right size to fit what politico-military strategy? That is the begging question. War on one front? Or a two front war? Limited war or...

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Military Modernisation in the Absence of a National Security Doctrine

Military Modernisation in the Absence of a National Security Doctrine

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 03 Apr , 2016

“It has always been the law that the weaker should be subject to the stronger.”               — Thucydides It was a sad commentary for the nation when, in 1999, during the...

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South China Sea: Is China baring its fangs?

South China Sea: Is China baring its fangs?

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Mar , 2016

“The Indian Ocean is not India’s ocean”, so said Chinese Defence Minister Chi Haotian way back in 1994. However, China does not apply that same analogy to the East and South China Seas!!...

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A League in Denial – Will Any Strategy Work with Pak?

A League in Denial – Will Any Strategy Work with Pak?

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Jan , 2016

The three witches – “Macbeth”. PAK ARMY (FIRST WITCH) – When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain? ISI (SECOND WITCH) – When the hurly-burly’s done, When the...

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China Threat Theory — An Appraisal

China Threat Theory — An Appraisal

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Book Excerpt: Modernization of Chinese PLA | Date: 13 Dec , 2015

People are spreading the China Threat Theory and trying to split China, which not only hurts China, but also is not in the interest of world peace, stability and development. Those people who...

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Propping up Proxies: India’s Inimical Neighbourhood

Propping up Proxies: India’s Inimical Neighbourhood

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 30.4 Oct-Dec 2015 | Date: 09 Dec , 2015

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend” seems to be the quintessential truth with regard to India’s neighbourhood, despite the well-meaning olive branch extended under the initiative of...

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China Threat in Russia

China Threat in Russia

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Book Excerpt: Modernization of Chinese PLA | Date: 01 Dec , 2015

At the official level, Russia is actively working at developing cooperation with China in the economic and political arenas. At a meeting in the Kremlin with Russian diplomats in July 1995,...

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Chinese Military Strategy: War Zone Campaign Concept

Chinese Military Strategy: War Zone Campaign Concept

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Book Excerpt: Modernization of Chinese PLA | Date: 07 Nov , 2015

The end of the Cold War, denied the PLA the opportunity to fight a protracted, manpower-based total war with deep depth as prospects of foreign invasion on China had reduced. On the other hand,...

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Budgeting For Defence

Budgeting For Defence

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 02 Jul , 2015

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....

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Historically India’s Soft Power Comes a Cropper to Chinese Irredentist...

Historically India’s Soft Power Comes a Cropper to Chinese Irredentist...

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Jun , 2015

Chinese Irredentism Like a debutante in the global arena, China has been particular about its national image. After decades of revolutionary diplomacy that challenged the international system,...

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The New Gunpowder

The New Gunpowder

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Jun , 2015

‘“The crux of the Four Modernisation is the mastering of modern Science & Technology. Without the high-speed development of Science & Technology it is impossible to develop the national...

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Evolution of China’s Military Strategy

Evolution of China’s Military Strategy

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Book Excerpt: Modernization of Chinese PLA | Date: 31 Mar , 2015

Some of the major events of the recent past, that have influenced Chinese strategists in seeking a contemporary military strategy have been the Tiananmen incident of 1989; the weakening and then the...

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India’s Geopolitical Pirouette

India’s Geopolitical Pirouette

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 23 Mar , 2015

There is no doubt that India will have to change; literally pull itself up by its boot laces. A changed India would imply transformation in the way things function in this country. It will imply...

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India’s Foreign Policy Dilemma

India’s Foreign Policy Dilemma

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 06 Mar , 2015

India is today at a point of inflection. A cautious myopic vision will spell doom. The MEA needs to be confident enough to take onboard all instruments available in the country to consolidate...

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The Future of India’s Air Power

The Future of India’s Air Power

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 22 Feb , 2015

The humongous prolonged gestation period in designing and operationalising any weapon system by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and assembly line manufacturing by the...

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Non-state Actors versus Conventional Armies

Non-state Actors versus Conventional Armies

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 20 Jan , 2015

Planet Earth seems to be spinning faster on its axis, or is it that events with serious ramifications on global geo-political dynamics are emanating around the world with uncontrolled ferocity?...

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Modernization of the Chinese Army

Modernization of the Chinese Army

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Book Excerpt: Modernization of Chinese PLA | Date: 11 Jan , 2015

The gross structure of how the PLA elements are organized is fairly discernible. The Army is divided into main forces (including the Rapid Reaction Forces (RRF), independent formations and the...

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Modernization of the Chinese Air Force

Modernization of the Chinese Air Force

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Book Excerpt: Modernization of Chinese PLA | Date: 28 Dec , 2014

Of all the PLA, PLAAF has been the slowest to modernize. In many respects this is linked to its history. The air force’s close identification with Minister of Defense Lin Biao and leftist...

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Air Support for ITBP: MHA squandering tax-payers money

Air Support for ITBP: MHA squandering tax-payers money

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Dec , 2014

It was reported in the Times of India that – “Dedicate air support for ITBP gets govt nod”.  The Government’s decision to acquire helicopters for the ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police) is...

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The case of the ‘All Weather Friends’

The case of the ‘All Weather Friends’

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Oct , 2014

The Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations of the Pakistani military establishment, Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, visited China from 14-18 October 2014. A statement made by...

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