Articles By Maj Gen S G Vombatkere

Defence Preparedness: Inconvenient truths

Defence Preparedness: Inconvenient truths

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Oct , 2018

Pakistan carries the “hurt” of its 1971 loss of East Pakistan, while China, with memory of its successful 1962 adventure, has its hegemonic aim of becoming the world’s dominant economic and...

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Cyber Security: Civil and Military Implications

Cyber Security: Civil and Military Implications

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Vol. 33.1 Jan-Mar 2018 | Date: 06 Apr , 2018

The capability of India’s matchless troops in on-the-ground, blood-and-guts fighting is legendary. But if operational logistics is compromised in advance by a hostile military, wars may be lost...

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Values in the Army

Values in the Army

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Apr , 2016

Wars, the product of forces in the international political stratosphere, are prosecuted by generals who are usually far from the battle-front. Battles are fought by middle-rank and junior...

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Security beyond the Pathankot Attack

Security beyond the Pathankot Attack

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Jan , 2016

The Pathankot IAF base is near the border with Pakistan. A Pakistani terrorist squad entered the air force base in the wee hours of 2016 New Year Day by crossing the security wall, and hid...

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Is the 'Babu' scared of veterans’ skills?

Is the 'Babu' scared of veterans’ skills?

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Date: 31 May , 2015

Under the banner of IESM (Indian Ex-Servicemen’s Movement), India’s armed forces veterans  propose a nation-wide movement, starting with a rally on December 1, 2012, at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi....

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Demilitarizing Siachen: Trading Strategic Advantage for Brownie Points

Demilitarizing Siachen: Trading Strategic Advantage for Brownie Points

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 May , 2014

The troubled India-Pakistan relationship has been punctuated by four military conflicts and decades-long military face-off across the IB and LOC, the most recent starting in 1984 on Siachen...

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India's Open Secrets: Effects on sovereignty and democracy

India's Open Secrets: Effects on sovereignty and democracy

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Sep , 2013

American spying challenges comprise three categories, namely, friends, enemies and problems. The top two challenges are Brazil and Egypt. That India is No.3 challenge to U.S intelligence1 is...

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Joining the Security Dots: Cyber Security, Surveillance and Democracy

Joining the Security Dots: Cyber Security, Surveillance and Democracy

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jul , 2013

Edward Snowden, in his courageous, principled expose, has brought out how USA’s National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on most nations in the world. This spying is clearly to establish or...

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Have Indian troops abandoned Indian territory?

Have Indian troops abandoned Indian territory?

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 May , 2013

The incursion by Chinese troops into the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector of Ladakh on 15 April 2013 by erecting and occupying tents was responded to on the ground by Indian troops erecting tents...

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AFSPA: Misconceptions and Ground Realities

AFSPA: Misconceptions and Ground Realities

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Mar , 2013

Sanjoy Hazarika1 and Walter Fernandes2 bring out the justifiable opposition to AFSPA felt by people from our northeastern states where it was first imposed in 1958. The provocation for both...

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India and Pakistan: Between Hawks and Peaceniks, is there a middle path?

India and Pakistan: Between Hawks and Peaceniks, is there a middle path?

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Date: 17 Jan , 2013

The beheading and mutilation of the bodies of L/Nk Hemraj and L/Nk Sudarshan Singh by Pakistani soldiers on January 8, 2013, is yet another barbaric act by Pakistan’s army, following several...

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AFSPA: Who wants the military for internal security?

AFSPA: Who wants the military for internal security?

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Dec , 2012

Parliament and Government Government can function in the interest of people only when there is peace and order in society, persons in power use people-oriented politics, and the rule of law is...

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Lessons from 1962: Is 50 years not enough?

Lessons from 1962: Is 50 years not enough?

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Nov , 2012

Institutions and nations rarely if ever learn from successes, but it is possible and necessary to learn from institutional or national failure. This is particularly true of military operations....

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Rational National Security

Rational National Security

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 05 Nov , 2012

Specifically, defence preparedness is the direct responsibility of the Prime Minister and the National Security Council (NSC), which need to receive accurate advice from the country’s military...

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The Siachen Imbroglio

The Siachen Imbroglio

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Jun , 2012

The title and contents of Mr.A.G.Noorani’s article “Settle the Siachen dispute now“1 strongly suggest peace-by-demilitarization of Siachen on an immediate basis. His quest for peace is...

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