Military & Aerospace

India’s Nuclear Doctrine

India’s Nuclear Doctrine

By: Ali Ahmed | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 04 Apr , 2011

  A central tenet of India’s nuclear doctrine is No First Use. India’s is therefore  a doctrine of ‘assured retaliation’. The popular understanding of India’s nuclear doctrine is that...

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Career in the Military: imperatives of attracting right material

Career in the Military: imperatives of attracting right material

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 04 Apr , 2011

  Throughout history, the Indian soldier fought in the defence of his motherland with unmatched valour and yet lost to almost every invader: even to those who arrived with an army of just a few...

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Military Leadership and Trial by Media

Military Leadership and Trial by Media

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Mar , 2011

  Health of democracies is directly proportional to the degree of independence enjoyed by their media. If India thrives as a vibrant democracy, a great deal of credit goes to its media, both...

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India’s Losses and Gains in Post-Independence Wars – III

India’s Losses and Gains in Post-Independence Wars – III

By: Maj Gen Sukhwant Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: India's War since Independence | Date: 27 Mar , 2011

  Care had not been taken at higher levels to verify the claims in accordance with the realities on the ground before preferring them at the negotiating table. The exaggeration might have been the...

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India’s Losses and Gains in Post-Independence Wars – I

India’s Losses and Gains in Post-Independence Wars – I

By: Maj Gen Sukhwant Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: India's War since Independence | Date: 25 Mar , 2011

  A nation has recourse to war either to further from a position of strength the interests it has not been able to promote by political and economic means, or when cornered by a stronger adversary...

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INAS 310 Golden Jubilee

INAS 310 Golden Jubilee

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Mar , 2011

Cobras Mark Golden Jubilee- Two Unit citations, over eighty thousand hours of flying and firsts like Carrier Borne ASW and Information Warfare to credit Two unit citations, over 80,000 hrs of...

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USS Decatur makes port call in Chennai

USS Decatur makes port call in Chennai

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Mar , 2011

The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) will make a three-day port visit to Chennai, India, March 16-19. The Decatur is led by Commander Shanti Sethi, an American of...

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Five Star CDS is a necessity

Five Star CDS is a necessity

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 20.2 Apr-Jun 2005 | Date: 09 Mar , 2011

The divisive Indian culture continues to act as the principal destroyer of consolidation of military power by dithering over the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The ‘divide and...

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The critical battles of Helmand and Kandhar

The critical battles of Helmand and Kandhar

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Feb , 2011

  The year 2010 was crucial for the final outcome in Afghanistan. There were two major changes in the military leadership. The highly regarded, Special Forces Commander, Lt Gen Stanley McChrystal...

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Private Military Companies

Private Military Companies

By: Al J. Venter | Issue: Book Excerpt: War Dog: Fighting Other People's Wars | Date: 23 Feb , 2011

  The term “private military companies” or, as some prefer, “private security companies,” has only recently entered the lexicon. The issue became pertinent to a lot of Americans when the...

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Modernisation of Defence Forces

Modernisation of Defence Forces

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 21.4 Oct-Dec 2006 | Date: 21 Feb , 2011

India will pay heavy price in the long run, if it continues to compromise its superiority in military power balance vis-à-vis China and Pakistan. Both, China and Pakistan have a diabolical plan...

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Trends in Military Leadership

Trends in Military Leadership

By: Lt Gen SC Sardeshpande | Issue: Vol. 23.4 Oct-Dec 2008 | Date: 19 Feb , 2011

  “The sense of grievance among armed forces that the civilian bureaucracy has short-changed it and this is reflected in the hierarchy laid down in the pay commission is both sad and dangerous....

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Pakistan’s Offensive-Defence Strategy

Pakistan’s Offensive-Defence Strategy

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Military Factor in Pakistan | Date: 18 Feb , 2011

Speaking at the launch ceremony of the Agosta 90 B submarine (PNS Hamza) in November 2006, Musharraf said that Pakistan follows a strategy of ‘defensive deterrence’, which, he clarified,...

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Antony Asks Forces to gear up to Fight Cyber Wars

Antony Asks Forces to gear up to Fight Cyber Wars

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Feb , 2011

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has called upon the Armed Forces to be vigilant against emerging cyber threats. Addressing the centenary celebrations of the Corps of Signals here today, he...

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Victory in Modern War?

Victory in Modern War?

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Feb , 2011

Before the Second World War, wars were fought for territory, resources, or both. In these wars, victory was easy to be defined and discerned. There were distinct symbolisms like hoisting of...

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India needs independent defence think tanks

India needs independent defence think tanks

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 23.3 Jul-Sep 2008 | Date: 07 Feb , 2011

  During his address at the 42nd Foundation Day function of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), the Vice President of India, Mr M Hamid Ansari stressed the need for structured...

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Aerospace Leadership in the coming decades gets underway

Aerospace Leadership in the coming decades gets underway

By: IDR News Network | Date: 04 Feb , 2011

The third edition of “Jumbo” Majumdar International Conference on “Aerospace Leadership in the coming decades” was inaugurated by Minister of State for Defence, Dr MM Pallam Raju, in New Delhi,...

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Pak nuclear card limits Indian anti-terror options

Pak nuclear card limits Indian anti-terror options

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Feb , 2011

  ITS three decades since Pakistan has been fermenting trouble in India. It started with Punjab and later in Jammu and Kashmir, followed by sporadic terrorist attacks in rest of India. While it is...

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The Basic Military Laws!

The Basic Military Laws!

By: Anonymous | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Feb , 2011

Try to look unimportant; the enemy may be low on ammo and not want to waste a bullet on you. •    Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself. •    Never forget that your weapon was...

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Army’s Capability Accretion

Army’s Capability Accretion

By: Lt Gen Vinay Shankar | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 31 Jan , 2011

  The challenges that the Army is expected to face in the next decade are not likely to be any less formidable. An appraisal of the emerging threats in fact indicates an increasing complexity of...

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