Articles in Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018

Combat Potential of the IAF for a Two-Front War

Combat Potential of the IAF for a Two-Front War

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 23 Feb , 2019

India is now the world’s fifth highest defence spender, but statistics can be disingenuously deceptive. In terms of percentage of GDP, it is the lowest since India was last subjected to an...

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Future of Air Dominance

Future of Air Dominance

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 21 Feb , 2019

The USAF and the US Navy are leading the evolution of next-generation platforms and technologies. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, USAF Research Labs, Boeing ‘Phantom Works’,...

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Maritime Crime and Terrorism

Maritime Crime and Terrorism

By: Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 07 Feb , 2019

The diverse nature of maritime crimes and threats is blurring the distinction between traditional defence against other nation states, to ensuring broader maritime security from non-traditional...

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India’s Defence Budget and Military Modernisation

India’s Defence Budget and Military Modernisation

By: Air Marshal M. Matheswaran, AVSM VM PhD, (Retd) | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 07 Jan , 2019

There are many, particularly in the so-called development fraternity, who view defence as a wasteful expenditure that uses up precious resources at the cost of development. This guns vs butter...

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Emperor Lalitaditya: One Among India’s Greatest Soldier-Statesmen

Emperor Lalitaditya: One Among India’s Greatest Soldier-Statesmen

By: Col (Dr) Tej Kumar Tikoo (Retd.) | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 18 Nov , 2018

With the ascendance of the Karkotta dynasty, the Hindu Kingdom of Kashmir reached great heights of power and prestige. Its influence and fame spread far and wide, in the process, attracting...

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Awakening to National Defence: Hope at Last?

Awakening to National Defence: Hope at Last?

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 17 Nov , 2018

Clausewitz had prophesized that it was mandatory for a nation’s political leadership to possess a fair understanding of the profession of arms. For the military institution to deliver...

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Towards a More Vigorous Make-In-India in Defence Manufacturing

Towards a More Vigorous Make-In-India in Defence Manufacturing

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra & Sanjaya Kumar Ghadai | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 16 Nov , 2018

The government of the day must take the country out of its asphyxiating bureaucratisation that seriously afflicts its defence production segment. The UK did it in the 1980s by privatising British...

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War as a Multi-Dimensional Whole: A Framework for India in a Repolarizing World

War as a Multi-Dimensional Whole: A Framework for India in a Repolarizing World

By: Navneet Bhushan | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 10 Nov , 2018

As India celebrates the 19th anniversary of Vijay Diwas on 26th July – to mark our victory in Kargil war of 1999, there are much larger questions on Indian security, defence preparedness and...

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Leadership and Management in the Indian Army

Leadership and Management in the Indian Army

By: Lt Gen Mohinder Puri | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 04 Nov , 2018

Command of a unit is the last stage wherein a commander is directly dealing with and handling human resources and material. As he climbs up the professional ladder, his responsibilities increase...

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India and the New Great Game in Central Asia

India and the New Great Game in Central Asia

By: Martand Jha | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 03 Nov , 2018

The New Great Game refers to the conceptualisation of modern geo-politics in Central Asia post-Soviet Union breakup. This is characterised by the competition between regional, extra-regional and...

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In Search of a Rifle: Ministry of Defence goes Globetrolling

In Search of a Rifle: Ministry of Defence goes Globetrolling

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 31 Oct , 2018

The Indian army realised the inadequacies of the existing 5.56 mm, INSAS rifle way back in 1999. Soon after the Kargil war, the Army’s quest to find a replacement for its standard issue INSAS,...

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Jammu & Kashmir: The Way Forward

Jammu & Kashmir: The Way Forward

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 21 Sep , 2018

“Kashmir is an integral part of India” is not a cliché, but a historical fact much before the happenings of 1947. Kashmir is the keystone of India’s heritage and fountainhead of its...

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Can the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation bring India and Pakistan closer?

Can the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation bring India and Pakistan closer?

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 18 Sep , 2018

With India and Pakistan as newly incorporated members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), China is likely to face an increasing amount of divisiveness within a regional economic and...

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Terror: Lessons from Paris and Beyond

Terror: Lessons from Paris and Beyond

By: Brig Pradeep Sharma | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 08 Sep , 2018

Apart from religious polarisation and the isolation of the human population on the basis of language, colour, religion or sect, a pattern that seems to emerge as the biggest threat is the...

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The Prime Minister at Shangri La: Reading between the Lines for a National...

The Prime Minister at Shangri La: Reading between the Lines for a National...

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 23 Aug , 2018

 “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.” — Book of Ecclesiastes (3: 1-2) The above quote is relevant as much to...

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India-Indonesia Ties: Chinese Elephant In The Room

India-Indonesia Ties: Chinese Elephant In The Room

By: Jabin T Jacob | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 20 Aug , 2018

Anti-China rhetoric that apes Chinese hyper-nationalism or chauvinism will do neither India nor Indonesia any good, but ‘tough’ policies if based on both pragmatism and principles, including...

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