March – April 2016

  • 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 […]

  • INDIA – US DEFENCE COOPERATION
    Posted in: March - April 2016

    As a signal of increasing defense cooperation between India and the United States, the two countries have been working on proposals for the following foundational defense agreements: • Communications Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA). • Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) for geospatial information and data. • Logistics Support Agreement (LSA). CISMOA permits […]

  • POLICEMEN TRAIN FOR THE NEW WAR
    Posted in: March - April 2016

    There was merit in the assessment that the police forces in India were not trained to tackle the counter insurgency threats afflicting the country. Offensive counter insurgency operations as experienced in J&K, in the North Eastern States and now in Naxal areas were far beyond his current potential. Despite his good intentions, but due to […]

  • WE MUST PREPARE
    Posted in: March - April 2016

    Ramesh Davesar examines the perception whether the threat of accessing of nuclear technology by terrorists’ outfits is real The awareness that the world community is gradually getting seized of the “Nuclear Terrorist” syndrome has led to the institution of various proactive counter measures. In terms of history this fear was expressed way back at the […]

  • Shaping the Information Environment in J&K
    Posted in: March - April 2016

    Perception Management is increasingly being viewed as an essential tool to win the battles we are currently engaged in or are likely to face in the future. While shaping the information environment is not a substitute for hard power, its absence can diminish the result of hard fought success or amplify the impact of failure. […]

  • BRIDGING THE GAP IN COMBAT SYSTEMS NOW AND TOMORROW
    Posted in: March - April 2016

    Technology is all pervasive in the lives of soldiers today. Technology is utilized to provide the soldier a forcemultiplier in his combat role, in multiple situations. American soldiers in Afghanistan, work in concert with satellites, UAVs and guided missiles. What would have happened if American forces landed in Sri Lanka, with the minimum technology support, […]

  • WHY IS INFORMATION SECURITY BEING COMPROMISED?
    Posted in: March - April 2016

    Over 2300 years ago, Chanakya, perhaps one of the foremost political strategists of all time, offered this advice in the Arthashastra: “The king shall singly deliberate over secret matters; for ministers have their own ministers, and these latter some of their own; this kind of successive line of ministers tends to the disclosure of counsels”. […]

  • THE TEJAS: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
    Posted in: March - April 2016

    Introduction Back in the early 1980’s, the IAF started to look around for a replacement for early marks of the Mig-21 fleet, which would become due for replacement in the next 15 years. After discussions with the IAF, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Government of India (GOI) […]

  • BRUSSELS: THE NEW NORMAL
    Posted in: March - April 2016

    The Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists have once again struck in a European capital. It carried out two bomb attacks in Brussels — one in the airport and the other in a crowded metro railway station in the city on March 22. At least 31 people were killed and 300 wounded in the attacks. The media […]

  • CHINA’S SCHEMES IN THE KARAKORAM
    Posted in: March - April 2016

    The September 2013 Chinese President unveiling of the continental Silk Road idea, construction of dual use infrastructure development projects in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, military exercises with Pakistan armed forces and domination efforts in the region have all contributed to frictions with India in the recent period. These Chinese activities are closer to the Indian controlled […]