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Dragon Dares through Treachery

Dragon Dares through Treachery

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Jun , 2020

The gory events that took place at icy heights at the Galwan standoff point (PP 14) on the evening of Monday, 15 June, 2020 and carried on late into the night has exposed the true colour of the...

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China: Threat or Challenge?

China: Threat or Challenge?

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Book Excerpt: China: Threat or Challenge? | Date: 17 Jun , 2020

China’s sustained double digit economic growth over three decades transformed China. It has lifted 700 million Chinese people out poverty – an unparalleled feat in human history. Its economic...

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Hypersonic Weapons

Hypersonic Weapons

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jun , 2020

A headache for the US defence establishment is hypersonic weapons of Russia and China. Hypersonic missiles flying above Mach 5 can be cruise-type missiles, powered throughout flight or carried on...

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Kashmiriyat and secular philosophy of Indian Army are intrinsically linked

Kashmiriyat and secular philosophy of Indian Army are intrinsically linked

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Jun , 2020

History provides innumerable examples of the most beautiful places, rich in natural resources, commerce, education and boasting of an enlightened civilisation becoming victim to barbaric attacks...

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Ladakh Standoff: ‘Generally’ Speaking

Ladakh Standoff: ‘Generally’ Speaking

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Jun , 2020

With several retired defence officers commenting on the current standoff between the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China in Ladakh, there’s no dearth of views on how this...

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Winning without Fighting: China’s Video War Fails

Winning without Fighting: China’s Video War Fails

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

Amidst the continuing military standoff in Ladakh and a series of failed bilateral meetings at varying military-diplomatic level China embarked upon the all familiar video war releasing one video...

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Pakistan’s Nuclear Strategy: A Review

Pakistan’s Nuclear Strategy: A Review

By: Col RN Ghosh Dastidar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Jun , 2020

Since the Partition of Indian sub-continent in 1947, India and Pakistan have witnessed deep animosity and hatred for each other. India, after overcoming the pangs of Partition, moved on to become...

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Corporatization versus Privatization

Corporatization versus Privatization

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Jun , 2020

On May 16, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) would be corporatized. It was emphasized this did not mean privatization and the corporatized OFB...

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Uniting Taiwan by Force: Likely to be a Strategic Blunder

Uniting Taiwan by Force: Likely to be a Strategic Blunder

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Jun , 2020

In a  survey carried out from April 21 to May 28 of this year in Taiwan, 75.3 percent people in Taiwan consider themselves "Taiwanese," 20 percent selected both, and only 4.7 percent think of...

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The Belligerence of Global Times

The Belligerence of Global Times

By: Ashutosh Bhatia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Jun , 2020

Global Times issued a direct threat of a two front war to India way back in November 2019. A careful scrutiny of the newspaper reveals that it is not just the development of infrastructure and...

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Air Elements in Special Ops

Air Elements in Special Ops

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.2 Apr-Jun 2019 | Date: 06 Jun , 2020

Twelve multi-role all-weather Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) supported by SU-30MKI air-superiority fighters and combat enablers like the Airborne Warning and Control...

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The Space Frontier – Arena for Hybrid War

The Space Frontier – Arena for Hybrid War

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Jun , 2020

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of Rs 20 lakh crore economic package, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a press briefing on May 16 that future projects for...

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Shifting Claim Lines of Nepal: Kalapani to Lampiyadhura – A historical...

Shifting Claim Lines of Nepal: Kalapani to Lampiyadhura – A historical...

By: Brig BS Chauhan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Jun , 2020

Kali River, name is given to the River that draws its water from various mountainous streams that originate in the neighbourhood of Village Kalapani that is located in NE of State of Uttrakhand....

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Kabul’s Influence: Strained by Deadly Assaults and Defectors

Kabul’s Influence: Strained by Deadly Assaults and Defectors

By: Terry Bishop | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Jun , 2020

On February 29, 2020, in Doha, Qatar, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban leader Mullah Baradar Akhund signed the “Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan.” Touted as a peace...

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Ladakh Standoff – Keep the Powder Dry

Ladakh Standoff – Keep the Powder Dry

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Jun , 2020

China recently stated that situation at the border is overall stable and controllable.  China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said both China and India have proper mechanisms and communication...

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ToD – a proposal by Generals or General Managers?

ToD – a proposal by Generals or General Managers?

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 May , 2020

Late Gen Hamid Gul of the Pakistan Army was termed as the father of terror by few western journalists and even a documentary was made on him with this title. He was forced to retire from Pak Army...

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Fully Autonomous Military Systems – Challenges in Development

Fully Autonomous Military Systems – Challenges in Development

By: Commander (Dr) Jayakrishnan N Nair | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 May , 2020

After the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI), few advanced nations are busy in developing and deploying an array of autonomous weapon systems to attain better speed and accuracy. All fatal...

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Dragon Dares India: How to Face the Dragon

Dragon Dares India: How to Face the Dragon

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 May , 2020

In the ongoing battle of supremacy amidst the corona crisis between USA and China, the latter let loose its wolf warriors signifying China's new, more robust diplomatic riposte against those...

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India: Challenges & Opportunities – The War against Terror

India: Challenges & Opportunities – The War against Terror

By: Brig Pradeep Sharma | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 May , 2020

India has faced insurgencies and terrorism since independence with the ingress of ‘Razakars’ from Pakistan with an intermix of regulars, reportedly even led by British Officers! The 80’s...

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Sino-Indian Stand Off: A Case of Russian Roulette

Sino-Indian Stand Off: A Case of Russian Roulette

By: Brig Deepak Sinha | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 May , 2020

While our complete attention has been taken up in tackling the COVID 19 pandemic, we find ourselves hit by another virus again involving China, in the form of deliberate attempts by the...

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