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Unmanned Trans-Atlantic Journey - A New Beginning

Unmanned Trans-Atlantic Journey - A New Beginning

By: Gp Capt Kishore Kumar Khera, VM | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 04 Jul , 2018

Crossing oceans is challenging, fascinating and satisfying. The westward voyage of the Christopher Columbus-led three-ship fleet from Europe in 1492 established the first link between America and...

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Keeping India-US Defence Ties on Even Keel despite CAATSA

Keeping India-US Defence Ties on Even Keel despite CAATSA

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 20 Jun , 2018

The Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), passed by the US Congress in August 2017 has placed India in a bind. The Act, which came into effect in January 2018,...

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Implications of CAATSA for India’s Defence Relations with Russia and America

Implications of CAATSA for India’s Defence Relations with Russia and America

By: Laxman K Behera and G Balachandran | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 14 May , 2018

Recent reports have highlighted that India’s planned defence procurement from Russia could potentially come under US sanctions under a newly enacted law, Countering America’s Adversaries...

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India and China – Time for a Dialogue on Nuclear Security?

India and China – Time for a Dialogue on Nuclear Security?

By: Rukmani Gupta | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 29 Apr , 2018

Discussions on nuclear security in South Asia generally focus on the India-Pakistan relationship. Given the volatile military equation and frequent sabre-rattling between these two neighbours,...

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Defence Investor Cell Needs Fleshing Out

Defence Investor Cell Needs Fleshing Out

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 27 Apr , 2018

The Department of Defence Production (DDP) has set up a Defence Investor Cell under the chairmanship of a Joint Secretary. The office order issued by DDP in February 2018 has assigned...

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Creation of Defence Planning Committee: A Step towards Credible Defence...

Creation of Defence Planning Committee: A Step towards Credible Defence...

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 21 Apr , 2018

In a significant defence policy reform notified on April 18, 2018, the government has revamped the existing defence planning system by establishing a Defence Planning Committee (DPC) under the...

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Defence Budget: Beyond the Numbers

Defence Budget: Beyond the Numbers

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 18 Apr , 2018

As reported by the Times of India on April 04, this year’s discussion on the general budget in parliament will go down in history as the shortest since 2000 with both houses collectively...

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Will North Korea Denuclearise?

Will North Korea Denuclearise?

By: Ashok Sajjanhar | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 14 Apr , 2018

The short and simple answer to the question ‘’Will North Korea Denuclearise?’’ is ‘’Unlikely.’’ This, notwithstanding the assertions that the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...

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DefExpo 2018: Making India a Defence Manufacturing Hub and an Exporter of Arms

DefExpo 2018: Making India a Defence Manufacturing Hub and an Exporter of Arms

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 11 Apr , 2018

As DefExpo 2018 gets underway at Thiruvidanthai near Chennai from April 11, all attention will be turned towards the defence minister’s press briefing on the first day and the prime minister’s...

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Promises Galore in the Draft Defence Production Policy 2018

Promises Galore in the Draft Defence Production Policy 2018

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 04 Apr , 2018

Following up on the announcement made by the finance minister in his budget speech on February 1, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently released the draft of a new defence production...

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Return the Favour with a Thousand Cuts: India’s Pakistan Policy

Return the Favour with a Thousand Cuts: India’s Pakistan Policy

By: Col Vivek Chadha (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 26 Mar , 2018

During the last couple of years, India has recalibrated its policy towards Pakistan by adopting a two-pronged approach. One prong consists of not holding formal talks until Pakistan stops using...

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Cabinet Decides to Redefine MSMEs – Defence Sector to Benefit

Cabinet Decides to Redefine MSMEs – Defence Sector to Benefit

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 16 Mar , 2018

A seminal decision taken by the Union Cabinet in early February 2018 to change the basis of classification of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) bodes well for this important segment...

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India-Jordan Relations: An Ascendant Partnership

India-Jordan Relations: An Ascendant Partnership

By: Ashok Sajjanhar | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 01 Mar , 2018

The three-day visit by King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan to India starting February 27, 2018 is testimony that India’s “Think West” policy, like its “Act East” initiative, is...

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India and Iran Resolve to Focus on Connectivity and Economic Cooperation

India and Iran Resolve to Focus on Connectivity and Economic Cooperation

By: Ashok Sajjanhar | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 21 Feb , 2018

The three-day visit of Hassan Rouhani to India, his first after becoming President in 2013, is testimony that India’s ”Think West” Policy, like its ”Act East” Policy, is thriving and blooming....

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Maldives Needs Help Now and India Alone Can Provide it

Maldives Needs Help Now and India Alone Can Provide it

By: Brig Rumel Dahiya, (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 09 Feb , 2018

Instability in Maldives is a matter of concern not only for that country but for the region as a whole. India has the highest stakes in maintaining stability in Maldives. The country’s...

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Defence Budget 2018-19: The Imperative of Controlling Manpower Cost

Defence Budget 2018-19: The Imperative of Controlling Manpower Cost

By: Laxman K Behera | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 04 Feb , 2018

Presenting the last full-fledged budget before the general elections of 2019, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated Rs 4,04,365 crore (US $62.8 billion) for the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Of...

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Agni 5 Tested: What Next?

Agni 5 Tested: What Next?

By: Gp Capt Kishore Kumar Khera, VM | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 26 Jan , 2018

On 18 January, 2018, the long-range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile, Agni-5, was successfully flight tested to its full range from Dr Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. This was the fifth test of...

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Pakistan’s Dam Despair

Pakistan’s Dam Despair

By: Dr Priyanka Singh | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 24 Jan , 2018

The Diamer Bhasha Dam (DBD) project to be built in Gilgit Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is showing signs of distress yet again with Pakistan’s November 2017 decision not to let the...

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Fighting Falcon: The End of an Era?

Fighting Falcon: The End of an Era?

By: Gp Capt Kishore Kumar Khera, VM | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 21 Jan , 2018

On November 14, 2017, four decades of continuous production of the Fighting Falcon (F16) ceased at Fort Worth, Texas.1 The facilities are being relocated to South Carolina and would take...

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The India-ASEAN Partnership at 25

The India-ASEAN Partnership at 25

By: Ashok Sajjanhar | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 07 Jan , 2018

India and the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) are currently celebrating 25 years of their rapidly expanding partnership. They are also marking 15 years of their Summit...

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