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Assessing China’s Strategic Behaviour During Republic Day and the...

Assessing China’s Strategic Behaviour During Republic Day and the...

By: Maj Gen Rajiv Narayanan, AVSM, VSM | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Jan , 2018

A ‘rising and revanchist’ China has finally discarded from its lexicon the terms ‘Peaceful Rise’ and ‘Harmonious Rise’, as witnessed both during Xi Jinping’s address to the 19th...

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The Tuting Saga – what we should learn

The Tuting Saga – what we should learn

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jan , 2018

Mao Zhedong said and Deng Xiaoping reiterated, “Tibet is the palm of China and Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and NEFA (now Arunachal Pradesh) are its fingers”. Xi Jinping was a secretary in...

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Indo-Israel Relations: Make With India

Indo-Israel Relations: Make With India

By: Tamir Eshel | Issue: Vol. 32.3 Jul-Sep 2017 | Date: 15 Jan , 2018

Both countries carved their national identity as a fragile balance of cultures, religions and minorities. Both have significant expatriate communities in foreign countries, giving significant...

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Electronic Warfare: Emerging Trends in Technology

Electronic Warfare: Emerging Trends in Technology

By: Subhasis Das | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 14 Jan , 2018

  The realm of Electronic Warfare (EW) has traditionally been kept in the classified domain, even within the security community. It was a domain handled by experts, in dedicated units equipped...

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2017: Was a tough Year for China-India Relations

2017: Was a tough Year for China-India Relations

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Jan , 2018

China–India relations refers to the bilateral relationship between the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of India. The modern relationship began in 1950 when India was among the...

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Logjam in Indigenous Aircraft Production

Logjam in Indigenous Aircraft Production

By: S.N. Misra | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 12 Jan , 2018

There is a swirling discomfiture that the ‘Make-in-India’ initiative, a signature tune of the NDA government, involving a large number of defence projects valued at more than $60 billion, is...

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Indian Military Doctrine: An Analysis

Indian Military Doctrine: An Analysis

By: Gp Capt Johnson Chacko | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 11 Jan , 2018

A doctrine is for the future, but is based on past experiences and takes into account the present conflicts/wars with available technology and anticipated technological advances. From doctrine,...

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Advances In Technology: Battlefield Helicopters

Advances In Technology: Battlefield Helicopters

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 32.3 Jul-Sep 2017 | Date: 10 Jan , 2018

Inarguably, the most ambitious programme to design future battlefield helicopters is the US FVL. However, the Dutch Air Chief, Lt. Gen. Alexander Schnitger reportedly questioned the programme...

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Directed Energy Weapons: Game Changer or a Damp Squib?

Directed Energy Weapons: Game Changer or a Damp Squib?

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 09 Jan , 2018

Many believe that laser DEWs herald the dawn of a new era in military affairs. According to an October 2016 report by Washington-based analysts MarketsandMarkets, the global market for DEWs is...

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Integrated Simulators for Training of Mechanised Forces: The Way Ahead

Integrated Simulators for Training of Mechanised Forces: The Way Ahead

By: Maj Gen Rajiv Narayanan, AVSM, VSM | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 08 Jan , 2018

As India improves its economic index, areas available for conduct of large scale exercises will become even more restricted. Furthermore, the need for modernisation, force sustenance, capability...

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The New Line-Up in China’s Defense Forces

The New Line-Up in China’s Defense Forces

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 07 Jan , 2018

Xi Jinping the Winner At the end of the 19th Congress, Xi Jinping appears to emerge the winner on most fronts. First and foremost, the 19th Congress approved an amendment to the Party...

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Armed Forces Suicides, Welfare and Morale

Armed Forces Suicides, Welfare and Morale

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jan , 2018

A recent editorial in a national daily titled ‘An Unhappy Army’ states that unflattering information on the internal “atmosphere” in the armed services is seldom made public: the...

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Trump–Pakistan Jihad Love

Trump–Pakistan Jihad Love

By: K.N. Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Jan , 2018

The news has come that Pakistan has imposed a ban on Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation from collecting donations. Pakistani media have given wide publicity to this...

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Finally: A US President shows Pakistan the Mirror

Finally: A US President shows Pakistan the Mirror

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Jan , 2018

No US President has ever been as direct as President Donald Trump, in publicly showing the mirror to Pakistan. In the past, when Hillary Clinton threatened Pakistan to join GWOT or face...

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Circa 2017: A lot achieved but miles to go in Jammu and Kashmir

Circa 2017: A lot achieved but miles to go in Jammu and Kashmir

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Jan , 2018

2017 offered a mixed bag for Jammu and Kashmir in both the political and security domain. The state witnessed a modicum of peace and virtual destruction of the terror machinery, due to relentless...

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Netanyahu is Coming!

Netanyahu is Coming!

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Jan , 2018

When PM Narendra Modi made his maiden visit to Israel last year, Israeli newspapers had headlined that the world’s most important Prime Minister is coming to Israel. Now Israeli Prime Minister...

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Triad vs Quad – Indian Geopolitical Options as a Twin vertex

Triad vs Quad – Indian Geopolitical Options as a Twin vertex

By: Navneet Bhushan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Dec , 2017

In the year 2017, India suddenly found itself as a peculiar cog in the emerging superpower rivalry between rising and aggressive China’s deep designs as reflected in BRI (Belt and Road...

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Innovations to Prevent Bomb Blasts: Trust Based Security

Innovations to Prevent Bomb Blasts: Trust Based Security

By: Brig Pradeep Sharma | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Dec , 2017

As reflected by the repeated bomb blasts in Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and elsewhere, India has proved itself to be vulnerable and unable to prevent bomb blasts.  Bomb disposal teams came into play...

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North Korea and Pakistan: Judged by Different Yardsticks

North Korea and Pakistan: Judged by Different Yardsticks

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Dec , 2017

Are North Korea’s nuclear tipped missiles a threat to the World or the United States of America? Is United States of America the World??!! US began to look at North Korea in a different light....

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Indian Military Muscle Degradation

Indian Military Muscle Degradation

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Dec , 2017

Approaching the end of the year, it is time to make a report card for the Indian Military muscle power. The calendar year 2017 began with many promising statements and happenings at the...

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