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  • SYNERGISE YOUR WISH LIST TO MEET OUR CHALLENGES
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2017

    The recent Aero India show brought to Bangalore all the usual suspects and some more, seeking a piece of the large Indian deference pie. However, what is apparent is that India is still keen to accumulate a large arsenal of weapons and platforms but with little signs of synergy between the three armed services and […]

  • THE SOUTH CHINA SEA CONUNDRUM
    Posted in: Dec-Jan 2017

    If there could be one theatre, in the near future, where India’s maritime capabilities alongwith its air power could be tested – apart from a military confrontation with Pakistan – it would be in South east Asia, as tensions build up over China’s aggressive posturing on the South China sea. Over the past one year […]

  • GEAR UP EVEN MORE TO STRIKE TERROR CAMPS
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2016

    The finalisation of the Rafale deal was big news in military circles till the announcement that Indian Army’s Special Forces units have carried out at least eight successful strikes across the Line of Control on terrorist camps and launch pads in POK. This is clearly a turning point in Indo-Pak relations, as for the first […]

  • CONFRONT PAKISTAN’S NARRATIVE
    Posted in: Nov-Dec 2016

    Despite the relentless attacks on Indian soil and its citizens, sponsored and initiated by Pakistan’s deep state for the past quarter century, there has been an absence of an information strategy to deal with Pakistan’s design to bleed India endlessly. Whereas the Pakistani narrative, promoted by Pakistan’s military led propaganda against India has left no […]

  • AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AND THE VIRAAT
    Posted in: Sep-Oct 2016

    The concept of using aircraft carriers for force projection originated in the United States from the writings of Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, who argued that sea power could best be exhibited by having floating naval bases like aircraft carriers. Thus, the United States even now operates as many as 11 aircraft carrier groups. Most aircraft […]

  • EMBRACING UNCLE SAM: IS THERE A BETTER CHOICE?
    Posted in: July-August 2016

    Military ties between the U.S. and India haven’t ever been as strong as they are now. In fact, the current Indo-US engagements have further gathered momentum as America’s patience with Pakistan has clearly run out. In fact, the US tilt towards India started at the time of President Clinton, who was clearly upset with Pakistan’s […]

  • IS MAKE IN INDIA, STILL A MIRAGE?
    Posted in: JUNE-JULY 2016

    In the coming century, technology would continue to play a greater role in the way militaries operate and India’s case is no different in this matter. Thus, India’s armed forces desperately need a comprehensive and capital intensive modernisation plan, over the next two decades, to do their job effectively.The wish list of our armed forces […]

  • TO MODERNIZE, WE MUST WIDEN OUR CHOICES, NOT LIMIT THEM
    Posted in: APRIL-MAY 2016,

    Ever since independence, almost every major defence deal that has been initiated by India, has run into a controversy. And though the current tightly worded Indian ‘Defence Procurement Procedure’ has clauses to keep out middlemen and to ensure integrity of the supplier (OEM) of weapons platforms, we have the AugustaWestland scandal that is now causing […]

  • MAROOF’S MUSINGS – GIVING OFFICERS A QUALIFICATION
    Posted in: March - April 2016

    There is virtually no Governmental organisation apart from the armed forces, at least in India, that demands from their officers a constant level of academic accomplishment and intellectual growth in their entire service career. And as any service officer will know, life in the Services is filled with training courses and a whole lot of […]

  • IGNORE THE FORCES AT OWN PERIL
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2016

    Even though the threats to Indian security have far from subsided and the wish list of the armed forces, for modern weapon systems being long – with many items on their inventory now three or four decades old – the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, chose to make no mention of what would be the allocation […]