Interviews

India's space endeavour

India's space endeavour

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 01 Feb , 2012

Space exploration has its moments of sheer ecstasy but it can be terribly unforgiving as well. Just 63 seconds into the launch of India’s most advanced rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite...

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Indian Air Force - Quo Vadis?

Indian Air Force - Quo Vadis?

By: Air Marshal BK Pandey | Issue: Vol 26.2 Apr-Jun 2011 | Date: 01 Feb , 2012

Even as the IAF prepares for the great leap into the next generation it must be realised that to erect an edifice there is the imperative of foundation. Visions of a powerful modern Air Force are...

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Indian Air Force: Looking into the future

Indian Air Force: Looking into the future

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 26.4 Oct-Dec 2011 | Date: 30 Jan , 2012

When everything arrives together it may easily result in wastage of time and money. There may be sophisticated equipment lying unpacked in a corner because no one knows how to use it. There could...

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Indian Air Force Airlift Capability

Indian Air Force Airlift Capability

By: Air Marshal BK Pandey | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 15 Jan , 2012

Since the nation gained independence on August 15, 1947, combat elements of the Indian Air Force (IAF) have been involved in three conflicts, two major and one minor – and all of them have been...

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The India factor in Afghanistan

The India factor in Afghanistan

By: VK Shashikumar | Issue: Vol 23.3 Jul-Sep 2008 | Date: 14 Jan , 2012

In 2001 US and its allies launch the war against terrorism after the world is stunned by the horrific terror on the WTC twin towers in New York. Seven years later Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar...

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Pakistan's export of fake currency via Nepal

Pakistan's export of fake currency via Nepal

By: VK Shashikumar | Issue: Vol. 23.4 Oct-Dec 2008 | Date: 13 Jan , 2012

At most places along the 751 km Bihar-Terai contiguous no-man’s land on the India-Nepal border are dirt tracks. Solitary signpost marks the international boundary here. On one side is Bihar, on...

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Game Plan for Return of Musharraf

Game Plan for Return of Musharraf

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Jan , 2012

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> There is a clear link between Musharraf’s announcements to fight elections in 2012 and lead his party, propping up of Imran Khan, and Pakistan Army and the ISI. In a pre-planned move Musharraf...

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Future of Asian Air Power-2030

Future of Asian Air Power-2030

By: Air Commodore Ramesh Phadke | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asia 2030 - The Unfolding Future | Date: 08 Jan , 2012

Air power has been with us for nearly a century. Within less than a decade of the historic first flight of a ‘heavier than air machine’ at Kitty Hawk in the US on 17 December 1903, the...

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Intelligence Reform

Intelligence Reform

By: Vikram Sood | Issue: Vol 24.1 Jan-Mar 2009 | Date: 17 Dec , 2011

‘Nothing should be as favourably regarded as intelligence; nothing should be as generously rewarded as intelligence; nothing should be as confidential as the work of intelligence.’ Sun Tzu, The...

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1971 War: The Navy in War-I

1971 War: The Navy in War-I

By: Maj Gen Sukhwant Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: India's War since Independence | Date: 01 Dec , 2011

In their heyday of empire building the British consolidated their possessions by the gun power of the Royal Navy. Being essentially a trading nation, they shipped raw materials from the colonies...

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1971 War: The Air Force in War-I

1971 War: The Air Force in War-I

By: Maj Gen Sukhwant Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: India's War since Independence | Date: 01 Dec , 2011

The public clamour for Indianisation of the armed forces in the early 1930s led to the establishment of the Indian Sandhurst Committee. Along with other recommendations the committee insisted...

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The Revolt in East Pakistan

The Revolt in East Pakistan

By: Maj Gen Sukhwant Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: India's War since Independence | Date: 23 Nov , 2011

When I reported on posting to Major General (later Lieutenant General) K.K. Singh, then Director of Military operations, on 12 March 1971, as his deputy, he said in his characteristic...

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India Lags Behind in Shipbuilding

India Lags Behind in Shipbuilding

By: Vice Adm Rajeshwer Nath | Issue: Vol 22.3 Jul-Sep 2007 | Date: 16 Nov , 2011

There has been consistent boom in shipbuilding since 1990s. The main reason for this has been the rise in the volume of International trade due to healthy long range economic and energy demands....

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China takes over Nepal

China takes over Nepal

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Nov , 2011

What is going on in Nepal? If one goes by the latest news, nothing good for India. Why did Mr. Shyam Saran, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy had to pay a quick visit to the former Himalayan...

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The communication gap in Defence Procurement

The communication gap in Defence Procurement

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 27 Oct , 2011

Despite repeated assertions of the Government that the huge potential of the private sector must be tapped to achieve self sufficiency in defence production, little progress has been achieved on...

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The Indian Army: The first challenge - I

The Indian Army: The first challenge - I

By: Major K.C. Praval | Issue: Book Excerpt: Indian Army After Independence | Date: 22 Oct , 2011

Field Marshal Wavell was no prophet. But he was unquestionably a great soldier who admired the Indian Army. Indian troops had fought under him while he was Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, during...

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Limited War : A Flawed Concept

Limited War : A Flawed Concept

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Oct , 2011

It is not clear as to when the idea or perhaps the concept of a limited war was first evolved and articulated in the Indian military. May be it was the fallout from the procrastination, dithering...

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Develop Cutting Edge Defense Industries

Develop Cutting Edge Defense Industries

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 24.2 Apr-Jun 2009 | Date: 18 Sep , 2011

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> To develop cutting edge defense industries, New Delhi must eschew the inherent divisive tendencies. Instead of consolidating Aero India 2009 as the foremost Asian aerospace show, we reduced its...

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Air Power & Irregular Warfare in the Indian context

Air Power & Irregular Warfare in the Indian context

By: Air Cmde Arjun Subramaniam | Issue: Vol 24.1 Jan-Mar 2009 | Date: 19 Aug , 2011

“This is another type of war, new in its intensity, ancient in its origin — war by guerrillas, subversives, insurgents, terrorists, war by ambush instead of by combat; by infiltration,...

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The New Fundamentalist Challenges

The New Fundamentalist Challenges

By: Maj Gen Afsir Karim | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 14 Aug , 2011

The vulnerability of the Indian coastal areas and islands of the Western Indian Ocean to the activities of al-Qaeda and Pakistan based terrorist groups became apparent following the terrorist...

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