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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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Theological War that Tears India

Theological War that Tears India

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Dec , 2020

For India, the Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands serve as an aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean. Strategically, India has been investing in the Islands in enhancing its defence potential and as...

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Pakistan: The ‘King’ and his ‘Trumpeter-in-Chief’

Pakistan: The ‘King’ and his ‘Trumpeter-in-Chief’

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Dec , 2020

It may be extremely difficult to ascertain whether Prime Minister Imran Khan has been elected by the people, [or as opposition parties contend], ‘selected’ by the army. However one thing is...

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A new chapter in India-Saudi relations

A new chapter in India-Saudi relations

By: KN Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Dec , 2020

In his six-day-long (9 - 14 December 2020) visit to the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Army Chief, General MM Naravane was given a red carpet reception by the hosts as it was the first...

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Strengthening India’s Ability: To Prevent Future Wars

Strengthening India’s Ability: To Prevent Future Wars

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 35.1 Jan-Mar 2020 | Date: 21 Dec , 2020

 “You may not be interested in War; but War is interested in You!” — Leon Trotsky Strong countries prosper by avoiding wars. Sweden has not fought any war since the beginning of the...

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Israel’s Peace Agreement with UAE and Bahrain: Compulsions and Implications

Israel’s Peace Agreement with UAE and Bahrain: Compulsions and Implications

By: Maj Gen Nitin P Gadkari | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 20 Dec , 2020

On Sep 15, 2020, a historic accord, now named as the ‘Abraham Accord’, was signed between the governments of Israel and the Arab states of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, at the White...

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Naya Jammu and Kashmir: Winds of Change

Naya Jammu and Kashmir: Winds of Change

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Dec , 2020

Year 2019 ended in J&K with mixed feelings. Towards the end of the year a major transformation had taken place with the erstwhile state being divided into two Union Territories (UTs) namely Jammu...

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An Indian in Space: ISRO’s Human Spaceflight Programme

An Indian in Space: ISRO’s Human Spaceflight Programme

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 18 Dec , 2020

  A year and a half from now, India will attempt the historic feat of launching one of its citizens into space. More than 35 years have elapsed since April 02, 1984, when Wing Commander Rakesh...

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Changing the Demography of the Border

Changing the Demography of the Border

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 17 Dec , 2020

The Sixth Tibet Work Forum (TWF), held in Beijing on August 24 and 25, 2015, was a turning point for the Tibetan plateau. Tibet Work Forums are large meetings called every five to ten years to...

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14-16th Dec 1971 – Inside Enemy Camp

14-16th Dec 1971 – Inside Enemy Camp

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Dec , 2020

Late night 14th December 1971, Peshawar, West Pakistan. General Yahya Khan, then President of Pakistan was giving a party in his newly constructed house. There were a few selected guests and a...

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Rising Jihadist Recidivism in Tamil Nadu: A Red Flag

Rising Jihadist Recidivism in Tamil Nadu: A Red Flag

By: Dr V Balasubramaniyan | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 15 Dec , 2020

On 08 January 2020, two alleged terrorists inspired by the Islamic State1, Abdul Shameem and Y Thowfeek, shot and killed Wilson, a Special Sub Inspector of Tamil Nadu Police at Kaliyakavalai,...

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Animal Transport Remains Crucial for Future Warfare in Mountains

Animal Transport Remains Crucial for Future Warfare in Mountains

By: Maj Gen PS Narwal, VSM (Retd.) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Dec , 2020

The bulk of Indian Army remains deployed in Himalayan range facing possibility of war on two fronts, with collusion of adversaries in north and west. This range, has nine of the world's ten...

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Artificial Intelligence in the Realm of Warfare 

Artificial Intelligence in the Realm of Warfare 

By: Col RN Ghosh Dastidar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Dec , 2020

Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated on 27th November 2020. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRG) claimed that a satellite-controlled machine gun...

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Emerging Technologies for Sixth-Generation Combat Aircraft

Emerging Technologies for Sixth-Generation Combat Aircraft

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.3 Jul-Sep 2019 | Date: 12 Dec , 2020

The air strike against Balakot by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the air combat that followed in response to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) riposte on February 27, 2019, rekindled interest in...

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The United States and India: Active Partnership in Defense and Commercial...

The United States and India: Active Partnership in Defense and Commercial...

By: Peter Marko Tase | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 11 Dec , 2020

In one of his academic papers, Turkish retired admiral Cem Gürdeniz emphasized that: “the collapse and the demise of the Soviet Union created huge geopolitical and economic tsunamis as well as...

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