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Impact of 1965 War on Pakistan

Impact of 1965 War on Pakistan

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Military Factor in Pakistan | Date: 17 Jan , 2021

  Pakistan Army realised the vulnerability of East Pakistan, with its 4100 Km border with India and defended by a weak division with only two effective brigades – even though it was never...

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Indo-Pacific: An Emerging Outlook for the 21st Century

Indo-Pacific: An Emerging Outlook for the 21st Century

By: Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 16 Jan , 2021

Strategically located in the Indian Ocean, India was a flourishing economic and cultural centre from the dawn of civilisation. As historian KM Panikkar in his seminal work ‘India and the Indian...

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Nuclear Submarine Ahoy: Whither Bound?

Nuclear Submarine Ahoy: Whither Bound?

By: Rear Adm AP Revi | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 15 Jan , 2021

The idea of nuclear propulsion for ships and aircraft for India was first mooted by Dr Homi Bhabha in 1954. In 1965, he sought assistance from US Atomic Energy Commission for developing nuclear...

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Evolving Trends in Aerial Combat

Evolving Trends in Aerial Combat

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 14 Jan , 2021

The air combat engagement between the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) during the PAF riposte after Balakot air strike in February 2019 is being discussed among air forces...

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Trump was a Strategic Boon for India

Trump was a Strategic Boon for India

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Jan , 2021

Today habitual and professional Trump detractors are breast beating about the violence in the US Capitol Hill.  President designate Joe Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi have not spared any...

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Chief of Defence Staff – Game Changer or Damp Squib?

Chief of Defence Staff – Game Changer or Damp Squib?

By: Brig V Jai Kumar (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Jan , 2021

It has been a year since the much-awaited post of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was created to provide single point military advice to the national leadership. Almost two decades after a Group...

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Indian Model of Theatre Commands: The Road Ahead!

Indian Model of Theatre Commands: The Road Ahead!

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 11 Jan , 2021

  In the history of restructuring of the Indian Armed Forces, the year 2020 started with hopes and anxiety with the long-awaited appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the creation of...

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Bay of Bengal: The Emerging Undersea Battlefield and the Concomitant ASW...

Bay of Bengal: The Emerging Undersea Battlefield and the Concomitant ASW...

By: Cmde CP Srivastava | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 10 Jan , 2021

Bay of Bengal, a 2,600,000 sq km water body, NE of Indian Ocean, is the largest water body called a “bay” in the world. It has seven basin countries, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Indonesia,...

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Harnessing Youth Power in Jammu & Kashmir

Harnessing Youth Power in Jammu & Kashmir

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Jan , 2021

Jammu and Kashmir has suffered tremendously in the shadow of the gun for the last almost three decades. Violence hit the youth of the region most of all. Their education and development suffered...

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India’s S-400 Deal with Russia: Biden Administration and CAATSA

India’s S-400 Deal with Russia: Biden Administration and CAATSA

By: Gp Capt TP Srivastava | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Jan , 2021

Indo-Russian S-400 deal is yet again in focus. Many military experts and diplomats of India believed that the brouhaha created in 2018 has been forgotten/buried under the carpet by US...

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The IAF in a Two-Front War

The IAF in a Two-Front War

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 07 Jan , 2021

In April 2018, the Indian Air Force (IAF) practiced two-front war scenarios in its mega exercise ‘Ex Gagan Shakti’. “A two-front war is a real scenario; we are not a war-mongering nation...

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Pakistan Army needs protection from its own people!!

Pakistan Army needs protection from its own people!!

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jan , 2021

With Pakistan’s Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid’s announcing that “cases will be registered against people using foul language against the armed forces within 72 hours,”two things are...

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Xi Jinping and the Future of CCP

Xi Jinping and the Future of CCP

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Jan , 2021

In an unprecedented move effective from the New Year’s Day, China has removed the military from the government control and expanded the powers of its Central Military Commission (CMC), headed...

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Need for a Defence Industrial Ecosystem for Atmanirbharta in Defence

Need for a Defence Industrial Ecosystem for Atmanirbharta in Defence

By: Maj Gen Rambir Singh Mann, VSM | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 04 Jan , 2021

The rapidly evolving global politico-strategic environment and the manner in which security challenges are now crystalising before our nation necessitate urgent transformational reforms in our...

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The China-Pakistan-Turkey Axis

The China-Pakistan-Turkey Axis

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Jan , 2021

When Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited China in February 2019 he did not criticize China for human rights violations against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang where a million...

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Air Defence Artillery in India-Pakistan War of 1971

Air Defence Artillery in India-Pakistan War of 1971

By: Col Mandeep Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Jan , 2021

On 3 December 1971, No 26 Squadron, PAF initiated the pre-emptive strikes against Indian air bases with strikes at Srinagar, with a Time Over Target (TOT) of 1739 hrs. Each strike package...

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Positive changes in Kashmir raise hopes for early statehood

Positive changes in Kashmir raise hopes for early statehood

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 Dec , 2020

The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a paradigm shift in its socio-political environment in recent times. Of great importance is the successful and incident free conduct of the...

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Ultracold Quantum Technology and Thief and Spy – China

Ultracold Quantum Technology and Thief and Spy – China

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Dec , 2020

Quantum communication is a field of applied quantum physics closely related to quantum information processing and quantum teleportation whose most interesting application is protecting...

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1971-War:  Evolution of India’s Decision for the War

1971-War:  Evolution of India’s Decision for the War

By: Lt Gen JS Cheema | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Dec , 2020

"The fool has done exactly what one had expected," remarked Mr. DP Dhar, member of the Prime-Minister's (PM) core group when Pakistani launched air-strikes on Indian airfields in the Western...

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Airspace Control: Challenges and Way Ahead

Airspace Control: Challenges and Way Ahead

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 28 Dec , 2020

In the framework of international law, ‘sovereignty’ signifies the full right and power of a State to govern itself and its territory without any external interference. This legal right to...

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