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IAF’s Unmanned Capability: Prospects for Indigenisation

IAF’s Unmanned Capability: Prospects for Indigenisation

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 29 Nov , 2020

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have contributed to the application of air power for decades; in a sense, the German V1 flying bomb of the 1940s was a UAV. Current definitions however, discount...

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Pakistan Democratic Movement and the Military Proclivity

Pakistan Democratic Movement and the Military Proclivity

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 28 Nov , 2020

Although India continues to be the eternal enemy of Pakistan, the people of Pakistan no longer blindly yield to the establishment’s narrative - a narrative inventively built by showcasing some...

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Nagrota Encounter: A Critical Appraisal of Pakistan’s intent and our...

Nagrota Encounter: A Critical Appraisal of Pakistan’s intent and our...

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Nov , 2020

The successful encounter at Nagrota, near Jammu on NH 44, in which four heavily armed Pakistani terrorists were eliminated by the alert and diligent Indian security forces, has once again exposed...

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US Naval Fleet in Indian Ocean: Emerging Priority Theatre of Global Power...

US Naval Fleet in Indian Ocean: Emerging Priority Theatre of Global Power...

By: Lt Gen Rameshwar Yadav | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Nov , 2020

The reported US intention of creating a separate naval command for Indian Ocean apparently sounds to be good news for the India. The positive side is its timings in the current context, and more...

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Checking Cross LoC Infiltration by Pakistan

Checking Cross LoC Infiltration by Pakistan

By: VBN Ram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Nov , 2020

One of the easiest ways by which an adversary/ enemy can access those areas which necessarily have to be protected from the former is through an underground passageway facilitated through a...

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Fake Army of Assam

Fake Army of Assam

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Nov , 2020

Incidents of terrorists wearing Army uniforms to attack army bases in Jammu and Kashmir have been happening over past years. Donning Army uniforms naturally would help terrorists close in to...

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Capability Enhancement Programme: A Cost Effective Approach to Modernisation...

Capability Enhancement Programme: A Cost Effective Approach to Modernisation...

By: Lt Gen NB Singh | Issue: Vol. 34.3 Jul-Sep 2019 | Date: 23 Nov , 2020

Military capability denotes an integrated and agile combination of trained personnel, mission capable equipment, infrastructure, information systems, organisational structures and processes that...

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Imran Khan’s Visit to Afghanistan

Imran Khan’s Visit to Afghanistan

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Nov , 2020

  Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Afghanistan recently and met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on November 19.  Ghani called Imran’s visit historic though Afghanistan has been reeling...

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Surviving Stealth: Responding to Low Observable Combat Jet Threat

Surviving Stealth: Responding to Low Observable Combat Jet Threat

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 34.3 Jul-Sep 2019 | Date: 21 Nov , 2020

Since the radar was invented in the 1930s, it has been of major concern to aircraft engaged in offensive air operations. Radar was used extensively as a tool of warfare during the Second World...

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BRICS: The Story So Far

BRICS: The Story So Far

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Nov , 2020

The idea of BRICS group of nations as originally hypothesized was based on the future potential of its collective economic performance that may exceed that of G-7 nations (Jin O’Neill; 2001). It...

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Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation

Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 35.1 Jan-Mar 2020 | Date: 19 Nov , 2020

Much like the nuclear arms race of the 20th century, Artificial Intelligence (AI) arms race poses the new challenge in 21st century. Autonomous operations by aerial drones, robots and naval...

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Indo-Israel Defence: Cooperation and Future Prospects

Indo-Israel Defence: Cooperation and Future Prospects

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 18 Nov , 2020

The diligent researcher could trace back trade and cultural relations between present day India and Israel to the contacts between the Indus Valley Civilisation and the Babylonian culture. Indian...

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Effectiveness of India’s Strategic Culture

Effectiveness of India’s Strategic Culture

By: Gp Capt PK Mulay | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 17 Nov , 2020

The IAF strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp at Balakot to avenge the Pulwama terror attack has altered the narrative on India’s strategic thinking. In one stroke, India flexed its...

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Three Step Disengagement Plan: Is India making Right moves in Ladakh?

Three Step Disengagement Plan: Is India making Right moves in Ladakh?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Nov , 2020

Backdrop As the current China India standoff in Eastern Ladakh rolls over into harsher winters, under the shadow of multiple rounds talks at various levels. The proposed plan for a three-step...

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Equipment Sustainability: Key to Army’s Operational Readiness

Equipment Sustainability: Key to Army’s Operational Readiness

By: Lt Gen NB Singh | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 15 Nov , 2020

Keeping an army’s equipment in a combat-ready condition requires considerable personnel and financial resources. Roughly 8.5 percent of personnel in an Armoured Division and a shade less in...

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Sea and Space Power

Sea and Space Power

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Nov , 2020

Alfred Thayer Mahan, eventually an Admiral in the US Navy, is often quoted for saying in 1897, “Whoever controls the Indian Ocean will dominate Asia. This ocean will be the key to the seven...

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Defence Pensions – The Other Side of the Picture

Defence Pensions – The Other Side of the Picture

By: Air Marshal SY Savur, PVSM, AVSM (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Nov , 2020

    I tread with great trepidation on a subject that has drawn the attention of, and comments from two erudite, intellectual Generals and a civilian editor who writes often on Defence matters on...

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Joe Biden and Bharat

Joe Biden and Bharat

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Nov , 2020

On January 20, 2021 the White House would have a new occupant. President Trump will vacate the same to welcome President elect Democrat Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of...

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The Myth of China

The Myth of China

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 11 Nov , 2020

Myth attempts to capture in terms conceivable to humans some of the indeterminate qualities of the divine unknown. Hence myth is something that is understood as – “does not tell truths, but...

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The Self-Appointed ‘Guardians’ of Pakistan History

The Self-Appointed ‘Guardians’ of Pakistan History

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Nov , 2020

In a democracy, whenever the military jumps into a political squabble, it becomes ‘breaking news’; and the moment an army General suddenly appears on TV, diplomatic hotlines between foreign...

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