IDR Updates

Challenges Before Theatre Commands

Challenges Before Theatre Commands

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 23 Jan , 2021

Will the year 2021 see the realisation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat’s proposed road¬map for the restructuring of the Indian Armed Forces into five distinct...

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Fast-tracking of Indo-Pacific Partnership

Fast-tracking of Indo-Pacific Partnership

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Jan , 2021

The Eurasian Times of 17 January reported de-classification of a US highly confidential ten-page report prepared by Assistant Secretary Robert C O’ Brian which, among other things, highlights...

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Miniaturization of Warfare

Miniaturization of Warfare

By: Mangesh Sawant | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Jan , 2021

The last eight decades saw warfare being transformed from large battleships to small drones. The nineties decade and beyond saw the miniaturization of phones and computers. RMA is poised to take...

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Kashmir: New Pakistan Sponsored Terror “Kids on the Block”

Kashmir: New Pakistan Sponsored Terror “Kids on the Block”

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Jan , 2021

Pakistan has excelled in “Keeping the pot boiling” so far as perpetration of terror, dissension and disruption in Kashmir is concerned. No amount of pressure, domestic or international, has...

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Kashmiri Pandits offered three choices by Radical Islamists

Kashmiri Pandits offered three choices by Radical Islamists

By: Col (Dr) Tej Kumar Tikoo (Retd.) | Issue: Book Excerpt: Kashmir: Its Aborigines and their Exodus | Date: 19 Jan , 2021

On Jan, 04, 1990, a local Urdu newspaper, Aftab, published a press release issued by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, asking all Pandits to leave the Valley immediately. Al Safa, another local daily repeated...

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Equipment Capability Gaps: Its Impact on Mission Outcomes

Equipment Capability Gaps: Its Impact on Mission Outcomes

By: Lt Gen NB Singh | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 18 Jan , 2021

“In the 21st century, leaders who lack sufficient technical know – how, function at a marked disadvantage. An officer or a soldier who feels insecure about even a small portion of his weapon,...

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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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