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Politics and the Military

Politics and the Military

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Sep , 2019

History bears witness that a strong, sovereign and independent state has always been backed by a strong army, in today’s context military, yet paradoxically, the military is a threat in being...

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Creating the CDS – Not the What but the How

Creating the CDS – Not the What but the How

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Sep , 2019

Two recent announcements by the government – creation of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) for the armed forces and merger of public sector banks – though diametrically opposite in context, have...

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Indian Air Force inducts eight Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters

Indian Air Force inducts eight Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Sep , 2019

Boeing formally handed over eight of 22 AH-64E Apache helicopters to the Indian Air Force at the Air Force Station, Pathankhot. Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Chief of Air Staff, officers from...

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Drone Swarms: The Emerging Air Threat

Drone Swarms: The Emerging Air Threat

By: Col Mandeep Singh | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 01 Sep , 2019

The threat posed by drones has been acknowledged from the time the first drone took to the air. Efforts have been made ever since to counter the slow, low flying objects, if not to shoot them...

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Uniformity in Uniform

Uniformity in Uniform

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 Aug , 2019

Recent media reports indicate that the Army has decided to do away with differences in the attires of officers above the rank of Colonel. The move is being hailed to usher in uniformity in...

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CDS – A Long Way to Tipperary

CDS – A Long Way to Tipperary

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Aug , 2019

Irish soldiers marching off to the Western Front in World War I sang It’s a long way to Tipperary, it's a long, long way to go; a longing for home but underlying the near certainty of death or...

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Future Military Helicopters — Design & Development

Future Military Helicopters — Design & Development

By: Lt Gen BS Pawar | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 11 Aug , 2019

Military Aviation today is looking at the next generation of military helicopters and the strategy to modernise vertical lift capability with improved avionics, electronics, range, speed,...

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An Indian Philosophy of A Soldier

An Indian Philosophy of A Soldier

By: Dr Krishna S Dhir, PhD | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Aug , 2019

Members of the Indian Armed Forces swear to observe and obey all the commands, not only of their Supreme Commander, the President of India, but of any officer set above them. Significantly, when...

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Military Integration – Much Rhetoric, Zero Will

Military Integration – Much Rhetoric, Zero Will

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Aug , 2019

Speaking during the Kargil Diwas celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 27 called upon the Army, Navy and Air Force to better integrate themselves as they modernize their...

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Modi 2.0: Road Ahead for Defence

Modi 2.0: Road Ahead for Defence

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra & Sanjaya Kumar Ghadai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Aug , 2019

The report card of Modi 2.0 government’s 50 days that has been issued echo the optimism of the General Budget of 7th July. It plans to transform India into a 5 trillion dollar economy by 2024...

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Two Decades after Kargil

Two Decades after Kargil

By: Martand Jha | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Aug , 2019

History is better viewed in a rear view mirror. This saying becomes ever more relevant when one looks back into the history of Indo-Pak rivalry. This month marks the 20th anniversary of Kargil...

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Impending Demise of INF Treaty on 02 Aug 2019: Implications and Opportunities

Impending Demise of INF Treaty on 02 Aug 2019: Implications and Opportunities

By: Col RN Ghosh Dastidar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 Jul , 2019

On 02 August 2019, the Intermediate Range Nuclear Force (INF)   Treaty between USA and erstwhile USSR is set to terminate. INF Treaty bans land based missiles with a range between 500 km and...

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Military and Politics

Military and Politics

By: Brig Deepak Sinha | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Jul , 2019

If a student of military history were to focus on the Sino-Indian Conflict of 1962, he would be hard pressed to avoid concluding that the result of the confrontation was actually decided in less...

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Pakistani Kargil Planners – How could they be so naïve !!!

Pakistani Kargil Planners – How could they be so naïve !!!

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Jul , 2019

“Sir based on the wisdom and experience of my entire professional career, I could guarantee the success of the operation“. This is what Gen Musharraf said to his PM Nawaz Sharif in a meeting...

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Indian Navy Commissions Dornier Squadron INAS 313 at Chennai

Indian Navy Commissions Dornier Squadron INAS 313 at Chennai

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Jul , 2019

Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 313, the fifth Dornier aircraft squadron was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff at an...

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Making the Indian Army Self-Sufficient

Making the Indian Army Self-Sufficient

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Jul , 2019

Editors Comment: As a first the Ordinance Factory manufacturing the AK-203 Assault Rifle with Russian design and technology is the first truly Make in India project. This Factory is headed by a...

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Ushering in a green army!

Ushering in a green army!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jul , 2019

In 1992, a remark by the then Army Chief, General SF Rodrigues that ‘good governance was as much the business of army!’ was deliberately picked up by a journalist to defame him. The late...

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Remembering the undefeated Sarvatra (Lt Gen) Sagat Singh

Remembering the undefeated Sarvatra (Lt Gen) Sagat Singh

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Jul , 2019

  6th Dec 1971 Afternoon, 10 Bihar had just finished a hard fought battle of Akhaura and were taking care of their wounded and silently mourning their dead brothers-in-arm. They had not slept of...

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OROP – another wild goose chase?

OROP – another wild goose chase?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Jul , 2019

In infancy days of the National Security Guard (NSG), the then Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Home Minister LK Advani arrived to review their annual day parade. As he alighted from the car, he was...

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India’s Defence Budget for 2019-20: The Disturbing Trends

India’s Defence Budget for 2019-20: The Disturbing Trends

By: S.N. Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Jul , 2019

The General Budget for 2019-20 can be pigeonholed as a ‘wish list’ for infrastructure to propel India to a $5 trillion economy by 2024. The new Finance Minister has sought to change the...

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