Articles in Vol. 26.3

Why Mao attacked India in 1962

Why Mao attacked India in 1962

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 06 Dec , 2015

There is an angle of the 1962 Sino-Indian that conflict has been insufficiently studied. What were Beijing’s motivations to go to war? Who decided to inflict the worst possible humiliation on...

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Violence in Society and Impact on the Pscyhe of Soldiery

Violence in Society and Impact on the Pscyhe of Soldiery

By: Col Harjeet Singh | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 16 Aug , 2015

Man’s inhumanity to man has long been a subject for moralization. We are all touched directly or indirectly by violent acts. Violence is the exertion of physical force so as to injure or abuse....

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India's Special Operations Capability

India's Special Operations Capability

By: Air Marshal Narayan Menon | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 09 Feb , 2014

The relentless pursuit of Osama Bin Laden ever since 9/11 occurred and his elimination early May by US Special Forces in the spectacular ‘Operation Geronimo’ has been a landmark event in the...

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Operation Geronimo: Lessons for India

Operation Geronimo: Lessons for India

By: Air Commodore KB Menon | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 09 Feb , 2013

The Pakistani town of Abbottabad is named after a Major James Abbot who established the district of Hazara in 1853. Known for its salubrious weather, Abbottabad is a quiet army cantonment town 50...

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A Diplomatic View of the MMRCA Deal

A Diplomatic View of the MMRCA Deal

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 14 Jul , 2012

The Americans seemed to have proceeded on the assumption that with India placing orders for advanced US defence equipment such as 6 C-130J aircraft and 8 P-8I long range maritime patrol aircraft,...

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India's space endeavour

India's space endeavour

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 01 Feb , 2012

Space exploration has its moments of sheer ecstasy but it can be terribly unforgiving as well. Just 63 seconds into the launch of India’s most advanced rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite...

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Indian Air Force Airlift Capability

Indian Air Force Airlift Capability

By: Air Marshal BK Pandey | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 15 Jan , 2012

Since the nation gained independence on August 15, 1947, combat elements of the Indian Air Force (IAF) have been involved in three conflicts, two major and one minor – and all of them have been...

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The Darkness in Afghanistan

The Darkness in Afghanistan

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 18 Nov , 2011

Even as the US is withdrawing, its leaders insist that they are not going to abandon Afghanistan, that they will maintain their long term commitment to it and not allow any single country to...

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Protecting Public Sector Shipyards

Protecting Public Sector Shipyards

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 07 Nov , 2011

India wants to develop its warship building capacity at an exponential rate. It is well nigh impossible for DPSU shipyards to meet the complete requirement of the Navy and the Coast Guard in the...

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The communication gap in Defence Procurement

The communication gap in Defence Procurement

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 27 Oct , 2011

Despite repeated assertions of the Government that the huge potential of the private sector must be tapped to achieve self sufficiency in defence production, little progress has been achieved on...

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Impact of Offset Policy on India's Military Industrial Capability - I

Impact of Offset Policy on India's Military Industrial Capability - I

By: S.N. Misra | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 24 Oct , 2011

The Indian Ministry of Defence introduced offset provisions in its Defence Procurement Procedure 2005 (DPP-2005)1 for capital acquisition schemes exceeding an estimated cost of Rs. 300 crores...

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Indian Army: Demilitarisation and Civilianisation I

Indian Army: Demilitarisation and Civilianisation I

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 04 Oct , 2011

A Case of Sleep-walk? Recently, the ‘Ajay Vikram Singh Committee (AVSC) Report Part II’ was implemented in the armed forces amidst much satisfaction among the military hierarchy. Thus a large...

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The Arab Spring: opening a pandora's box?

The Arab Spring: opening a pandora's box?

By: Anand K Verma | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 02 Oct , 2011

The so called Arab spring represents a massive popular movement, not seen or predicted in the Arab world ever since the Suez sponsored Nasserite upheaval. It is as significant as the falling of...

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Unification of China?

Unification of China?

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 28 Sep , 2011

China’s economic growth, growing diplomatic leverage, and improvements in the PLA’s military capabilities, contrasted with Taiwan’s modest defence efforts, have the effect of shifting the...

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Pakistan: Testing of Tactical Nuclear Weapons

Pakistan: Testing of Tactical Nuclear Weapons

By: Cdr Abhijit Singh | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 12 Sep , 2011

Pakistan’s recent tests of its Tactical Nuclear Missiles suggest a lowering of the threshold for nuclear conflict. More portentous is the underlying assumption of Tactical Nuclear Missiles...

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Display of latest Defence Technologies at the Paris Air Show

Display of latest Defence Technologies at the Paris Air Show

By: Antonis Bosnakoudis | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 02 Sep , 2011

The 49th International Paris Air Show between 20 and 26 June 2011 in the Le Bourget area of Paris completed one century of service and in two years it will enter its second century. In the...

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Indian Army: Demilitarisation and Civilianisation - II

Indian Army: Demilitarisation and Civilianisation - II

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 11 Aug , 2011

Personnel Management: As discussed above, misplaced notions of ‘equivalency’ between the soldiery and the civilian establishment has led to the Army becoming top heavy and aged. Rather than...

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Defence Technologies Key to India's Security

Defence Technologies Key to India's Security

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 01 Dec , 2010

Primary key to India’s emergence as a successful global power lies on the ability to acquire and imbibe superior defence technologies in the knowledge-based society of the 21st century. The...

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