Articles By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

Iran-China Strategic Bonds

Iran-China Strategic Bonds

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Jul , 2020

According to US media, Iran’s desperation has pushed it into the arms of China, which has the technology and appetite for oil that Iran needs. But the other face of this insinuation is that it...

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Whither Army’s TacC3I System?

Whither Army’s TacC3I System?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Jul , 2020

Network Centric Warfare (NCW) aims near instantaneous distribution of large amount of data enabling different units and even individuals to share a common operational picture. Networking provides...

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Crimson Tide Sweeps Nepal

Crimson Tide Sweeps Nepal

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Jul , 2020

The recent turn in India-China relations and events in Nepal surprised many but not those who know that China plans 50 years ahead and kept track of developments – joining the dots as they...

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China’s INEW and the Sleepy Elephant

China’s INEW and the Sleepy Elephant

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Jul , 2020

Following the news of some 40,000 cyber attacks in a week by China, an interesting discussion on TV had a former additional secretary R&AW say that China became serious with cyber warfare when it...

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Deescalating Eastern Ladakh – China may not abide

Deescalating Eastern Ladakh – China may not abide

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Jun , 2020

It was heartening to know that after the marathon 12-hours India-China talks at Moldo on June 22, both sides have agreed to deescalate from the confrontation in Eastern Ladakh. The Indian...

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Don’t Ever Trust China

Don’t Ever Trust China

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Jun , 2020

The ‘Aman Ki Asha’ Brigade with their Pakistani counter parts are tad subdued in terms of cross-border visits and closeted guftgu (conversation) sessions due to COVID-19.  But chats on social...

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Hypersonic Weapons

Hypersonic Weapons

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jun , 2020

A headache for the US defence establishment is hypersonic weapons of Russia and China. Hypersonic missiles flying above Mach 5 can be cruise-type missiles, powered throughout flight or carried on...

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Corporatization versus Privatization

Corporatization versus Privatization

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Jun , 2020

On May 16, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) would be corporatized. It was emphasized this did not mean privatization and the corporatized OFB...

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The Space Frontier – Arena for Hybrid War

The Space Frontier – Arena for Hybrid War

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Jun , 2020

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of Rs 20 lakh crore economic package, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a press briefing on May 16 that future projects for...

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Ladakh Standoff – Keep the Powder Dry

Ladakh Standoff – Keep the Powder Dry

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Jun , 2020

China recently stated that situation at the border is overall stable and controllable.  China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said both China and India have proper mechanisms and communication...

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Dissecting Tour of Duty

Dissecting Tour of Duty

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 May , 2020

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is reportedly preparing a case for Tour of Duty (ToD) in the Army; one year training for youth followed by 3-year Army stint as Officers and Jawans, who thereafter...

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Is China Testing India’s Resolve?

Is China Testing India’s Resolve?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 May , 2020

China has gone overtly aggressive against India with PLA indulging in physical fights with Indian Army. One may say these are Border Divisions of China but these formations being directly under...

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That’s The Dragon in Nepal’s Shadow!!

That’s The Dragon in Nepal’s Shadow!!

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 May , 2020

On May 8, 2020 the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the road to Lipulekh Pass on the Himalayan Watershed (the ancient customary and traditional boundary between India and Tibet) to...

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Hiking FDI in Defence Aimed At Drawing in Active Foreign Participation

Hiking FDI in Defence Aimed At Drawing in Active Foreign Participation

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 May , 2020

Announcing the fourth tranche of the economic package, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman revealed three important government decisions related to defence. These include corporatization of the...

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Contact Tracing and the Data War

Contact Tracing and the Data War

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 May , 2020

The advent of COVID-19 has witnessed host of contact tracing apps worldwide. These are essential to monitor spread of COVID-19 but at the same time questions of privacy have arisen, more because...

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Zalmay Khalizad’s India Googly

Zalmay Khalizad’s India Googly

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 May , 2020

In a recent interview on May 7, Zalmay Khalizad, US Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Reconciliation, told the local media that India should talk directly with the Taliban, adding that he...

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Pakistan’s Mystery Submarine

Pakistan’s Mystery Submarine

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 May , 2020

An article that appeared last month in foreign media talked of a new mystery submarine in Pakistan which presumably meant for marines of the Special Services Group – SSG (N). Spotted on the...

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Dealing with China

Dealing with China

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 May , 2020

China’s guilt in releasing COVID-19 (by design or default)  ravaging the world has made the CPC launch an all out offensive to avoid culpability. On April 22, Germany’s Interior Ministry...

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Loitering Munitions – advantage plus

Loitering Munitions – advantage plus

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 May , 2020

Loitering munitions can provide a breakthrough against enemies well protected by their surroundings, like built up areas, as also top attacking tanks and armoured vehicles. These munitions are...

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Kissinger and Nixon’s China Hug

Kissinger and Nixon’s China Hug

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Apr , 2020

As the world battles China-Virus, debate over Henry Kissinger’s credentials as statesman-strategist has emerged perhaps because of America’s predicament under China’s biological attack...

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