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Fake Army of Assam

Fake Army of Assam

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Nov , 2020

Incidents of terrorists wearing Army uniforms to attack army bases in Jammu and Kashmir have been happening over past years. Donning Army uniforms naturally would help terrorists close in to...

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Capability Enhancement Programme: A Cost Effective Approach to Modernisation...

Capability Enhancement Programme: A Cost Effective Approach to Modernisation...

By: Lt Gen NB Singh | Issue: Vol. 34.3 Jul-Sep 2019 | Date: 23 Nov , 2020

Military capability denotes an integrated and agile combination of trained personnel, mission capable equipment, infrastructure, information systems, organisational structures and processes that...

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Imran Khan’s Visit to Afghanistan

Imran Khan’s Visit to Afghanistan

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Nov , 2020

  Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Afghanistan recently and met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on November 19.  Ghani called Imran’s visit historic though Afghanistan has been reeling...

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Surviving Stealth: Responding to Low Observable Combat Jet Threat

Surviving Stealth: Responding to Low Observable Combat Jet Threat

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 34.3 Jul-Sep 2019 | Date: 21 Nov , 2020

Since the radar was invented in the 1930s, it has been of major concern to aircraft engaged in offensive air operations. Radar was used extensively as a tool of warfare during the Second World...

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BRICS: The Story So Far

BRICS: The Story So Far

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Nov , 2020

The idea of BRICS group of nations as originally hypothesized was based on the future potential of its collective economic performance that may exceed that of G-7 nations (Jin O’Neill; 2001). It...

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Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation

Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 35.1 Jan-Mar 2020 | Date: 19 Nov , 2020

Much like the nuclear arms race of the 20th century, Artificial Intelligence (AI) arms race poses the new challenge in 21st century. Autonomous operations by aerial drones, robots and naval...

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Indo-Israel Defence: Cooperation and Future Prospects

Indo-Israel Defence: Cooperation and Future Prospects

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 18 Nov , 2020

The diligent researcher could trace back trade and cultural relations between present day India and Israel to the contacts between the Indus Valley Civilisation and the Babylonian culture. Indian...

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Effectiveness of India’s Strategic Culture

Effectiveness of India’s Strategic Culture

By: Gp Capt PK Mulay | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 17 Nov , 2020

The IAF strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp at Balakot to avenge the Pulwama terror attack has altered the narrative on India’s strategic thinking. In one stroke, India flexed its...

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Three Step Disengagement Plan: Is India making Right moves in Ladakh?

Three Step Disengagement Plan: Is India making Right moves in Ladakh?

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Nov , 2020

Backdrop As the current China India standoff in Eastern Ladakh rolls over into harsher winters, under the shadow of multiple rounds talks at various levels. The proposed plan for a three-step...

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Equipment Sustainability: Key to Army’s Operational Readiness

Equipment Sustainability: Key to Army’s Operational Readiness

By: Lt Gen NB Singh | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 15 Nov , 2020

Keeping an army’s equipment in a combat-ready condition requires considerable personnel and financial resources. Roughly 8.5 percent of personnel in an Armoured Division and a shade less in...

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Sea and Space Power

Sea and Space Power

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Nov , 2020

Alfred Thayer Mahan, eventually an Admiral in the US Navy, is often quoted for saying in 1897, “Whoever controls the Indian Ocean will dominate Asia. This ocean will be the key to the seven...

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Defence Pensions – The Other Side of the Picture

Defence Pensions – The Other Side of the Picture

By: Air Marshal SY Savur, PVSM, AVSM (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Nov , 2020

    I tread with great trepidation on a subject that has drawn the attention of, and comments from two erudite, intellectual Generals and a civilian editor who writes often on Defence matters on...

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Joe Biden and Bharat

Joe Biden and Bharat

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Nov , 2020

On January 20, 2021 the White House would have a new occupant. President Trump will vacate the same to welcome President elect Democrat Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of...

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The Myth of China

The Myth of China

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 11 Nov , 2020

Myth attempts to capture in terms conceivable to humans some of the indeterminate qualities of the divine unknown. Hence myth is something that is understood as – “does not tell truths, but...

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The Self-Appointed ‘Guardians’ of Pakistan History

The Self-Appointed ‘Guardians’ of Pakistan History

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Nov , 2020

In a democracy, whenever the military jumps into a political squabble, it becomes ‘breaking news’; and the moment an army General suddenly appears on TV, diplomatic hotlines between foreign...

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Terrestrial Electronic Warfare: The IAF’s Unexplored Option?

Terrestrial Electronic Warfare: The IAF’s Unexplored Option?

By: Sqn Ldr Vijainder K Thakur | Issue: Vol. 34.4 Oct-Dec 2019 | Date: 09 Nov , 2020

The use of terrestrial Electronic Warfare (EW) in aerial combat is neither well understood, nor frequently discussed perhaps because Western powers such as the US, UK and France have shown little...

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CCP’s 5th Plenary endorses Xi’s 2035 Plan

CCP’s 5th Plenary endorses Xi’s 2035 Plan

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Nov , 2020

The 5th plenary of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held from October 26 to October 29 ran on expected lines. Attended by 198 members of the CPC Central Committee...

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Aksai Chin Conundrum: Options Matrix: Possibilities Through Pragmatism

Aksai Chin Conundrum: Options Matrix: Possibilities Through Pragmatism

By: Lt Gen Rameshwar Yadav | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Nov , 2020

It is a saga of political intrigue of more than 70 years of three new nations which emerged on the cusp of mid twentieth century. The British left the subcontinent, albeit leaving ambiguously...

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FDI in Defence Manufacturing-26-49-100 Percent

FDI in Defence Manufacturing-26-49-100 Percent

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 06 Nov , 2020

There are times when a nation is blessed with decisive leadership, which can take bold policy initiatives that would benefit future generations. In the budget of 2014, Foreign Direct Investment...

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China Task Force [CFT] Act: The US Goes Bonkers Over China

China Task Force [CFT] Act: The US Goes Bonkers Over China

By: Dr Rajasimman Sundaram | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Nov , 2020

Introduction The United States strategic expectation that China will one day adapt to the enshrined values of the western world order –freedom, democracy, and human rights and support a...

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