Articles in Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012

Finest Hour for the Indian Intelligence Agencies

Finest Hour for the Indian Intelligence Agencies

By: Anand K Verma | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 19 May , 2014

Many are of the opinion that the year 1971 was the most glorious year of the Republic with a focused government in operation, well-thought out plan, adjusting admirably to the unfolding of events...

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The IAF at 79: The Challenges Ahead

The IAF at 79: The Challenges Ahead

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 17 Jan , 2013

As the IAF strives to confront many challenges, it rightly means to transform itself into a capability-based force, rather than an adversary-centric one. In future, the service may have a critical...

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Are the Days of the Manned Combat Aircraft Numbered?

Are the Days of the Manned Combat Aircraft Numbered?

By: Air Marshal Raghu Rajan | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 07 Jan , 2013

UAVs are now making headlines as they are increasingly employed for missions that were hitherto the domain of manned aircraft. UAVs are perceived to offer two main advantages over manned aircraft...

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Developing Leadership in Arms

Developing Leadership in Arms

By: Cdr Douglas C Deans | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 08 Nov , 2012

Every nation aspiring to be a leader must go through the following four logical steps: Level 1… nations have just the ability to maintain and operate the weapons which are usually bought…; Level...

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Defending Indian Skies against the Chinese Air Force

Defending Indian Skies against the Chinese Air Force

By: Air Commodore Ramesh Phadke | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 08 Nov , 2012

As a rising power that detests competition, China might continue to test India’s resolve and patience through pinpricks on the border issue while progressively enhancing the level of...

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Indo-Afghan Strategic Partnership

Indo-Afghan Strategic Partnership

By: Air Marshal BK Pandey | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 10 Jul , 2012

The strategic partnership agreement between India and Afghanistan can be regarded as a game changer in the region and truly a landmark event. However, there are uncertainties and impediments that...

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China's Palace in the Skies

China's Palace in the Skies

By: Air Commodore KB Menon | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 14 May , 2012

On September 29, 2011, China launched the Tiangong-1 unmanned module from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in North-West China. The unmanned module was launched by a Long March 2FT1 carrier...

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Coastal Security Paradox

Coastal Security Paradox

By: Rear Adm AP Revi | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 19 Apr , 2012

A constabulary role and coordination between the civil agencies lie wholly outside the scope and capability of the Indian Navy. The IN should not even consider venturing into those domains as it...

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Preserving the Military Institution

Preserving the Military Institution

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 06 Apr , 2012

Military leaders at all levels have to girdle up to protect the exclusivity of the military establishment from attempts of misguided, even if unintentional, dilutions from within the fraternity...

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Insurgency, Counter-Insurgency and Peace - I

Insurgency, Counter-Insurgency and Peace - I

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 26 Mar , 2012

Counter-insurgency is a complex phenomenon demanding a complex solution. Any attempt at reductionism can be an invitation to disaster. Although it is very much a form of warfare fitting into the...

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Insurgency, Counter-Insurgency and Peace - II

Insurgency, Counter-Insurgency and Peace - II

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 25 Mar , 2012

Counter-insurgency is a complex phenomenon demanding a complex solution. Any attempt at reductionism can be an invitation to disaster. Although it is very much a form of warfare fitting into the...

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Taking Nuclear War-Fighting Seriously

Taking Nuclear War-Fighting Seriously

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 19 Mar , 2012

What are the implications of a nuclear battlefield? Since the early eighties, this question has been posed since Sundarji’s postal seminar on nuclear conflict while he was in command of the...

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Battling the Dragon

Battling the Dragon

By: MP Anil Kumar | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 06 Mar , 2012

“To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” —Sun Tzu, Art of War The Chinese maintain that the...

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Pakistan at War with Itself

Pakistan at War with Itself

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 02 Feb , 2012

In the coming years, Islamabad will remain pre-occupied with internal strife without respite due to multiple contradictions arising out of the use of terrorism primarily against New Delhi as a...

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