Articles in Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014

RMA in the Indian Context

RMA in the Indian Context

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 30 Sep , 2015

Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) can be defined as “A major change in the nature of warfare brought about by the innovative application of technologies, which combined with dramatic changes...

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Deficit or Direction?: Prudence in Defence Expenditure

Deficit or Direction?: Prudence in Defence Expenditure

By: S.N. Misra | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 12 Sep , 2015

Richard Musgrave, an acknowledged authority in public finance, had said that every Finance Minister must grapple with the three issues of Allocation, Distribution and Stabilisation. Arun Jaitley,...

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A Strategic Dilemma: Fast Depleting Submarine Force Levels

A Strategic Dilemma: Fast Depleting Submarine Force Levels

By: Rear Adm AP Revi | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 09 Sep , 2015

As far as submarine design expertise is concerned – India is at present at the initiation point of the learning curve. The submarine design capability curves of others like USA, Russia, UK and...

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Cyberspace: No Man’s Land

Cyberspace: No Man’s Land

By: Maj Gen AK Chadha | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 30 Mar , 2015

Cyberspace is a vast, complex and rapidly changing battle space. The key to prevailing in a hostile cyber space environment may lie in the ability to generate a comprehensive picture of that...

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North East Region: The Alaska of India

North East Region: The Alaska of India

By: Brig Narender Kumar (Retd.) | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 21 Mar , 2015

The North East Region offers all strategic imperatives to India that Alaska offers to the US. It is a land bridge joining the two ends of Asia, the East with the West and a gateway to ASEAN. It...

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Could the IAF be Confronted with Computer Stuffed Cockpits of PLAAF?

Could the IAF be Confronted with Computer Stuffed Cockpits of PLAAF?

By: Sqn Ldr Vijainder K Thakur | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 18 Mar , 2015

It is widely presumed that sixth generation fighters would be optionally manned. The decision to put a pilot in the cockpit would be determined by the nature of the mission. Many missions would...

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India’s Foreign Policy Dilemma

India’s Foreign Policy Dilemma

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 06 Mar , 2015

India is today at a point of inflection. A cautious myopic vision will spell doom. The MEA needs to be confident enough to take onboard all instruments available in the country to consolidate...

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Attaining Strategic India 2020: Lessons From Niccolo Machiavelli

Attaining Strategic India 2020: Lessons From Niccolo Machiavelli

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 27 Feb , 2015

Great individuals associated with the Renaissance such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Dante Aligheri and Galileo were Florentine citizens. The forces of debate, democracy, organised guilds,...

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India’s Defence Industrial Complex

India’s Defence Industrial Complex

By: Special Correspondent | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 19 Feb , 2015

For India the urgent reorganisation of the MoD needs to be undertaken; it is important – not only for optimising the defence-industrial complex but also to leverage the defence of the country. It...

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Flying High: The Bright Future of India’s Military UAVs

Flying High: The Bright Future of India’s Military UAVs

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 18 Feb , 2015

The pace of India’s UAV acquisitions is likely to quicken over the next five years or so and the size of the Indian market during the same period is estimated at over $2 billion. According to an...

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IAF’s Trainer Fleet: Need for Revamp!

IAF’s Trainer Fleet: Need for Revamp!

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 09 Feb , 2015

Up till mid-2009, for basic training, the IAF was using the HPT-32, a piston-engine aircraft produced indigenously by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This aircraft was in service with the...

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Integrated Air Defence for the Indian Airspace

Integrated Air Defence for the Indian Airspace

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 29 Jan , 2015

Events such as the Purulia arms drop, use of hijacked airliners as a lethal arm of terrorism, disappearance of a civil airliner from the radar screen and proliferation of tactical and intermediate...

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Aerial Weapons Systems for the Indian Air Force

Aerial Weapons Systems for the Indian Air Force

By: Gp Capt B Menon | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 24 Jan , 2015

In the foreseeable future extending up to the next 20 years or so, the IAF will have to prepare for the eventuality of a hostile adversary continuing a low intensity campaign using expendable...

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Non-state Actors versus Conventional Armies

Non-state Actors versus Conventional Armies

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 20 Jan , 2015

Planet Earth seems to be spinning faster on its axis, or is it that events with serious ramifications on global geo-political dynamics are emanating around the world with uncontrolled ferocity?...

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Pakistan’s Nuclear Choreography

Pakistan’s Nuclear Choreography

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 29 Dec , 2014

The vice-like grip of Pakistan’s nuclear choreography is so mesmerising that India seems to be unable, or unwilling, break free of the spell it has cast, and so be able to evaluate hard facts...

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FREMM: A Multi-Mission Frigate by DCNS

FREMM: A Multi-Mission Frigate by DCNS

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 11 Dec , 2014

The FREMM has already entered the world market. Morocco has also ordered one Aquitaine class FREMM Frigate. The vessel, to be named Mohammed VI, is set to become the flagship of the Royal Moroccan...

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India-Japan Strategic Cooperation - Expanding Engagement

India-Japan Strategic Cooperation - Expanding Engagement

By: Dr Srabani Roy Choudhury | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 30 Nov , 2014

The current joint statement signed by Japanese Prime Minister Abe and Indian Prime minister Modi titled “Japan- India Special Strategic and Global Partnership” emphasizes the strategic and...

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President Xi Jinping Comes Calling-On

President Xi Jinping Comes Calling-On

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 29 Nov , 2014

At the Indian Council of World Affairs, the Chinese President hoped that China and India would be the ‘express trains’ driving regional development as well as the ‘twin anchors’ of...

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Are the Good Days Coming...?

Are the Good Days Coming...?

By: Air Chief Marshal PV Naik | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 28 Nov , 2014

National interest is something India needs to learn from America. Regardless of the provocation, national interest must always dictate the actions of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)....

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