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Post Doklam, India needs to watch China’s bullish economics led cultural...

Post Doklam, India needs to watch China’s bullish economics led cultural...

By: Shruti Pandalai | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 04 Jan , 2018

The India China relationship in 2017 became defined by Doklam, now synonymous with the 73 day military standoff (between June and August 2017) in the tri-junction with Bhutan and defused through...

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Two standoffs and some nuclear lessons

Two standoffs and some nuclear lessons

By: A Vinod Kumar | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 02 Jan , 2018

The politics of nuclear weapons have always been complex and enigmatic. A testament to this reality came during the course of the current year, which not only saw a little over a quarter of UN...

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To make Chabahar a ‘Game Changer’ Central Asian states need to be roped in

To make Chabahar a ‘Game Changer’ Central Asian states need to be roped in

By: Ambassador P Stobdan | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 14 Dec , 2017

Once again there has been a lot of hype about Chabahar becoming a strategic ‘game changer’ for India. Media reports had earlier highlighted the shipment of 1.1 million tonnes of wheat to...

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Aerial Refuelling of Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft

Aerial Refuelling of Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft

By: Gp Capt Kishore Kumar Khera, VM | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 08 Dec , 2017

The combat power of a nation is greater than the total potential of all the combat elements it possesses. This is because some combat elements magnify the potential of others. Such boosters are...

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Weapons are the Combat Differentiators: The BrahMos Air Launched Cruise Missile

Weapons are the Combat Differentiators: The BrahMos Air Launched Cruise Missile

By: Gp Capt Kishore Kumar Khera, VM | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 05 Dec , 2017

“Weapons differentiate between Air Forces and Flying Clubs” is an often heard adage. Weapons capability is an integral part of an Air Power matrix. In the last three months, a number of...

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Blue Flag 2017 and Beyond

Blue Flag 2017 and Beyond

By: S Samuel C Rajiv | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 03 Dec , 2017

A 45 member Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent took part in the multilateral air exercise ‘Blue Flag 2017’ held at the Uvda Air Base in southern Israel from November 2-16, 2017. This was the...

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China's Belt and Road Initiative: Prospects and Pitfalls

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Prospects and Pitfalls

By: Ashok Sajjanhar | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 29 Nov , 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping initially mooted the idea of Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and 21st century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) during his visits to Kazakhstan and Indonesia in September and...

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Problems of Costing in Defence Procurements

Problems of Costing in Defence Procurements

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 22 Nov , 2017

The disputation over the price India will pay for the 36 medium multi-role combat aircraft, the contract for which was signed in 2016, brings into focus the vulnerability of the process of...

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What the Inclusion of BRI in the Chinese Constitution Implies

What the Inclusion of BRI in the Chinese Constitution Implies

By: Jagannath P Panda | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 10 Nov , 2017

The recently concluded 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) amended the Party’s Constitution to include the promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as one of the...

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The Indian Air Force’s Declining Squadron Strength – Options and Challenges

The Indian Air Force’s Declining Squadron Strength – Options and Challenges

By: Dr Sanjay Badri-Maharaj | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 03 Nov , 2017

At a meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Defence on 27 October 2017, senior officers of the Indian Air Force, including Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S.B. Deo, were...

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EMP Weapons and the New Equation of War

EMP Weapons and the New Equation of War

By: Gp Capt Atul Pant | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 16 Oct , 2017

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is an intense burst of electromagnetic (EM) energy that causes, or can be used to cause, damage. Though natural EMP is always noticed as disturbances on the radio...

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Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System: Issues and Challenges

Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System: Issues and Challenges

By: Dr Pushpita Das | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 05 Oct , 2017

On September 30, 2017, Border Security Force (BSF) personnel detected a cross-border tunnel in the forest area of Damala nullah in Jammu’s Arnia sub-sector. The tunnel, reportedly 14 feet long,...

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Acquisition of single-engine fighter aircraft – A few suggestions

Acquisition of single-engine fighter aircraft – A few suggestions

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 28 Sep , 2017

It may sound incredible but, according to official statistics, the number of fighter aircraft squadrons with the Indian Air Force (IAF) has gone up from 25 in 20141 to 33 in 2017.2 This has...

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Barcelona Attacks: India has Cause for Disquiet

Barcelona Attacks: India has Cause for Disquiet

By: Prabha Rao | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 16 Sep , 2017

Mohammad Adnani, the erstwhile spokesman of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Tunisian cleric Abu Muqatil, one of the main ISIS ideologues, were killed in 2014 and 2016 respectively....

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Defence Reforms: Why is it Critical to Bite the Proverbial Bullet?

Defence Reforms: Why is it Critical to Bite the Proverbial Bullet?

By: Col Vivek Chadha (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 15 Sep , 2017

On August 30, 2017, the then Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley announced a series of defence reforms which will result in the ‘redeployment and restructuring of approximately 57,000 posts of...

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Decoding Russia's 2017 Naval Doctrine

Decoding Russia's 2017 Naval Doctrine

By: Rajorshi Roy | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 28 Aug , 2017

On July 20, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved Russia’s new naval Doctrine.1 This is the third such pronouncement on naval activity, following the ones adopted in 2001 and 2012....

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New Hambantota Port Deal: China Consolidates its Stakes in Sri Lanka

New Hambantota Port Deal: China Consolidates its Stakes in Sri Lanka

By: Smruti S Pattanaik | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 18 Aug , 2017

Some Sri Lankan economists had privately told me in 2011 that their country will find it difficult to repay the massive loan of USD 8 billion at an interest rate of more than six per cent taken...

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Has the Time Come to Replace Manned Combat Aircraft With Armed Unmanned...

Has the Time Come to Replace Manned Combat Aircraft With Armed Unmanned...

By: Gp Capt Kishore Kumar Khera, VM | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 16 Aug , 2017

The F-35 should be, and almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly. – Ray Mabus, US Secretary of the Navy Aviation, which...

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The Doklam Standoff - Should India Project its Stand More Vigorously?

The Doklam Standoff - Should India Project its Stand More Vigorously?

By: Ashok Sajjanhar | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 13 Aug , 2017

Two months have elapsed since the eruption of the eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation on the cold, deserted plateau of Doklam on the India Bhutan China tri-junction in the Sikkim sector. The standoff...

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Transfer of Defence Technology: Moving beyond Self-Reliance towards...

Transfer of Defence Technology: Moving beyond Self-Reliance towards...

By: Kevin A Desouza | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 03 Aug , 2017

Transfers of technology (ToT) have been an important contributing factor to the building of capability in India’s defence industrial base. From as far back as the 1950s, numerous contracts with...

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