Asymmetric Warfare and its Characteristics

Asymmetric Warfare and its Characteristics

At least from the very academic viewpoint, war is a condition of armed conflict between at least two sides (but, in fact, states). Historically, there are several types of warfare: conventional warfare, civil war, lightning war (blitzkrieg in German), total war, hegemonic war, liberation war, war on terrorism, etc....

Repo Rate, Growth & Indifference to Dissent

Repo Rate, Growth & Indifference to Dissent

Introduction The Repo rate is the rate at which banks can avail of short-term loans from the RBI, the lender of the last resort in our banking structure. It has remained unchanged at 6.5% since February 2023. This is despite consistent dissenting opinions from two external members, Prof Asima Goyal of PM’s Economic...

Military Reforms: Dangers ahead, move with Caution

Military Reforms: Dangers ahead, move with Caution

Many moons ago, from 1986-90, I was on deputation to Min of Defence in War History division and became friendly with many civil servant colleagues. In one of those conversations, I mentioned a largely held view of service officers, that the civil servants/politicians often ride roughshod over the services seniors. His...

Asymmetric Warfare and its Characteristics

Asymmetric Warfare and its Characteristics

At least from the very academic viewpoint, war is a condition of armed conflict between at least two sides (but, in fact, states). Historically, there are several types of warfare: conventional warfare, civil war, lightning war (blitzkrieg in German), total war, hegemonic war, liberation war, war on terrorism, etc....

Pakistan's Selective Tear-Shedding on Brutalised Muslims

Pakistan's Selective Tear-Shedding on Brutalised Muslims

The poignant lead of Dawn’s June 17 editorial calling on Muslims wrapping up Haj rituals and celebrating Eid ul Zuhaas well as “all people of conscience” to “remember the brutalised inhabitants of Palestine in these times of festivity” is heartrending and compels one to introspect. The fact that anyone and...

The Quad & Squad  

The Quad & Squad  

The continuing war in Ukraine (and to some extent the Gaza War) plus heightening tensions in the Indo-Pacific, particularly in the South China Sea (SCS), is witnessing global realignments. China and Russia are seeking a new multi-polar world order. As US-NATO up the ante against Russia over Ukraine, the danger of...

Military Reforms: Dangers ahead, move with Caution

Military Reforms: Dangers ahead, move with Caution

Many moons ago, from 1986-90, I was on deputation to Min of Defence in War History division and became friendly with many civil servant colleagues. In one of those conversations, I mentioned a largely held view of service officers, that the civil servants/politicians often ride roughshod over the services seniors. His...

Integrated Intrusion Detection Framework for Military Operations

Integrated Intrusion Detection Framework for Military Operations

In the contemporary landscape of military operations, the escalating reliance on intricate information systems exposes defence networks to heightened cyber threats. This research introduces an Integrated Intrusion Detection Framework (IIDF) tailored for military operations, seamlessly combining signature-based and...

Cyber and Cognitive Warfare: Dreaming of Winning Wars Sans Violence?

Cyber and Cognitive Warfare: Dreaming of Winning Wars Sans Violence?

“The purpose of warfare is not to fight; it is to achieve a political objective. If you can achieve this objective without kinetic conflict, so much the better.” – Prof Nora Bensahel[1]  Background The world has seldom been a harmonious place. Countries are forever competing to enhance their relative security,...

Repo Rate, Growth & Indifference to Dissent

Repo Rate, Growth & Indifference to Dissent

Introduction The Repo rate is the rate at which banks can avail of short-term loans from the RBI, the lender of the last resort in our banking structure. It has remained unchanged at 6.5% since February 2023. This is despite consistent dissenting opinions from two external members, Prof Asima Goyal of PM’s Economic...

Train hard without Weakening your Punch in the Battle

Train hard without Weakening your Punch in the Battle

While the Russo-Ukraine war currently charting itsblood–soaked path of death and destruction has thrown up multiple lessons for strategists and military commanders alike, it has once again flagged one basic reality; and that is… ‘while the Armies will march on their stomach war effort can only be sustained so long...

New Front Lines – Geopolitics of Semiconductors

New Front Lines – Geopolitics of Semiconductors

Most forms of politics are about power. ‘Geopolitics’ has incarnated itself with scholars providing a new perspective in every generation. This century has seen a rise in geopolitical conflicts creating competition between nations. Geopolitical ramifications are all the more complex as these deliberations require...

ISRO Chairman Inaugurates HAL Facilities to Support LVM3 Program

ISRO Chairman Inaugurates HAL Facilities to Support LVM3 Program

Mr. S. Somanath, Chairman, ISRO inaugurated state-of-the-art Propellant Tank Production and CNC Machining facilities at HAL’s Aerospace Division today in the presence of Mr C B Ananthakrishnan, CMD (Addl. Charge), HAL and senior officers from ISRO and HAL.  The newly established facilities will provide a major boost...

RudraM-II air-to-surface missile successfully flight-tested by DRDO from Su-30 MK-I off the Odisha coast

RudraM-II air-to-surface missile successfully flight-tested by DRDO from Su-30 MK-I off the Odisha coast

Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested the RudraM-II air-to-surface missile from Su-30 MK-I platform of the Indian Air Force (IAF) off the coast of Odisha at around 1130 hours on May 29, 2024. The flight-test met all the trial objectives, validating the propulsion system and...

Need for MRFA

Need for MRFA

In January this year, the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh led a high level delegation to the UK; reportedly, one of the points on the visit’s agenda was a possible partnership in the Tempest project, a sixth generation fighter design and development programme in which the UK, Italy and Japan are currently...

Interviews / Spotlight

Hezbollah Going To be a Tough Opponent for Tel Aviv

Hezbollah Going To be a Tough Opponent for Tel Aviv

In the past few weeks thousands of rockets fired by Hezbollah at northern areas of Israel have resulted in...

Significance and impact of recently signed defense pact between Russia and...

Significance and impact of recently signed defense pact between Russia and...

During his just-concluded two-days official trip to Pyongyang, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean...

Terrorist Attack on Pilgrim Bus in J&K: Pakistan’s Perfidy Continues Unabated

Terrorist Attack on Pilgrim Bus in J&K: Pakistan’s Perfidy Continues Unabated

On June 9, Pakistan sponsored terrorists opened indiscriminate fire on a bus carrying pilgrims in the Reasi district of J&K killing nine and injuring 33 passengers. The date and timing of this dastardly attack as well as the target weren’t randomly selected -while the date and timing coincided with the oath taking ceremony of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the passengers travelling in...

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Tablighi Jamaat, the antechamber of Jihadist Terrorism?

Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), which is an antechamber of jihadist terrorism is seen by the counterterrorism experts as – wolf in sheep’s clothing. On December 10, 2021, Saudi authorities banned activities of Tablighi Jamaat, also known as Al Ahbab, calling it a ‘danger to society’. According to media reports, the Saudi Government official statement called Jamaat a danger to society and one of the gates of terrorism. In a tweet on December 6, the...

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Gen Anil Chauhan addressing the Agniveers at INS Chilka

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Anil Chauhan addressing the Agniveers at INS Chilka, in Odisha on...

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DRDO carries out successful flight trial of Autonomous Flying Win

DRDO carries out successful flight trial of Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator, in Karnataka...

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Glimpses of 77th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort

Glimpses of the full dress rehearsal of the 77th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort, in New Delhi...

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77th Independence Day

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh hoisting the National Flag on the occasion of 77th...

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Commissioning Ceremony of INS Mormugao

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh inaugurates of commissioning ceremony of INS Mormugao,...

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