Articles in Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014

Is the IAF Equipped for a Two-Front War?

Is the IAF Equipped for a Two-Front War?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 09 Jan , 2016

During the past decade, India’s defence preparedness has steadily and inexorably deteriorated despite constant clamour by the defence forces for modernisation and upgradation to meet assigned...

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Artillery Modernisation

Artillery Modernisation

By: Special Correspondent | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 04 Jun , 2015

Artillery modernisation in India implies the largest modernisation of this arm and needs to be given as much, if not more, importance commensurate with the manoeuvre arms it supports. The...

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Taliban set to takeover Pakistan

Taliban set to takeover Pakistan

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 17 Dec , 2014

In the near future, Taliban and Taliban like groups will impose Afghanistan type Taliban regime on Pakistan. The civil war raging inside Pakistan in search of elusive ‘purity’ of philosophy...

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Tiered Border Defence against China

Tiered Border Defence against China

By: Special Correspondent | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 18 Sep , 2014

On balance, the prospects of Sino-Indian conflict remain. What appears certain is that China’s aggressive stance and the initiation of conflict will be aimed at undermining India’s status as...

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Internal Security: The Maoist Dimension

Internal Security: The Maoist Dimension

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 13 Aug , 2014

The Maoist rebellion is a phenomenon, an adverse one of course, in which bands of armed local inhabitants, led by firebrand ‘area commanders’, assume a role that should truly lie within the...

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Let Private Aerospace Manufacturing Flourish

Let Private Aerospace Manufacturing Flourish

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 10 Aug , 2014

Clearly the aerospace needs of India, civilian as well as defence, are growing. The public sector which has so far been tasked to meet these needs has failed to deliver. What’s more, as...

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Force Projection and Rapid Deployment Forces: Need for Reassessment

Force Projection and Rapid Deployment Forces: Need for Reassessment

By: Brig Deepak Sinha | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 03 Aug , 2014

As India’s regional and global aspirations grow with its increasing economic clout, it will be forced to build up its capacity to project power in its national interest to ensure that the...

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Employment of Helicopters in Counter Insurgency Roles

Employment of Helicopters in Counter Insurgency Roles

By: Gp Capt B Menon | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 29 Jul , 2014

Experts estimate that about 80 different insurgencies are active around the world. Malaya, French Indochina, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, South Africa, Algeria, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka,...

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Why not have ‘Technical Support Division’ at the Army Corps Level?

Why not have ‘Technical Support Division’ at the Army Corps Level?

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 18 Jul , 2014

The essence of successful conventional defensive battle is in maintaining elasticity and cohesion; thereafter debilitating the enemy’s combat power to the danger zone of exhaustion and...

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Lessons from the Henderson Brooks Report

Lessons from the Henderson Brooks Report

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 16 Jul , 2014

The Government’s ‘White Paper’ relating to India-China Boundary issue, published between 1951 and 1960, clearly indicated the adversarial bilateral relations between India and China. The...

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The Culture Baggage of Indian Military Philosophy

The Culture Baggage of Indian Military Philosophy

By: Lt Gen SC Sardeshpande | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 25 Jun , 2014

The Gandhian philosophy of ahimsa has affected the Indian attitude towards war and use of force. Nehruvian distrust of India’s armed forces and military leadership has coloured the dispensation...

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Employing Special Forces: A Response to Popular Fallacies

Employing Special Forces: A Response to Popular Fallacies

By: Saikat Datta | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 20 Jun , 2014

In his article on ‘Special Operations Forces: Understanding the Dynamics of Change’ (refer IDR Jan-Mar ’14 Vol. 29.1) Brigadier Deepak Sinha (Retd.) makes an excellent case for setting up a...

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