May-June 2016

  • A BRIDGE TOO FAR
    Posted in: May-June 2016

    The recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United States, in which he had a bilateral with President Obama and also addressed both Houses of the United States Congress has received worldwide accolade. The burgeoning defence relationship between the two countries reflects the new geopolitical reality, wherein India is considered as a major […]

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    Posted in: May-June 2016

    SCRAP THE DPP Dear Sir, The Jan-Feb 2016 Issue of SALUTE has covered multiple facets of defence indigenisation and the DPP. In my view, the DPP should be scrapped. The DPP seems like a book with rules and counter rules. It is a book that can be used to ‘damn you if you do’ and […]

  • WOMEN IN THE ARMED FORCES
    Posted in: May-June 2016

    Recently we witnessed the very pleasing spectacle of three smart young women, become the first fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force. This, we hope, is a precursor, to more women joining the fighting stream of the three services in the coming years. This development is a healthy trend and in sync with modern India […]

  • US-INDIA RELATIONS
    Posted in: May-June 2016

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US was to all extents a stupendous success. He had a bilateral meeting with President Obama and addressed the Joint Session of the US Congress on 8 June, making him the fifth India premier to do so, the last one being his predecessor, Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2005. […]

  • INDO-US STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP:
    Posted in: May-June 2016

    A FORCE FOR COOPERATIVE SECURITY IN THE INDO-PACIFIC The Indo-US strategic partnership must be taken to the next higher trajectory to enable joint threat assessment and contingency planning for joint operations. Meeting the Chinese Challenge Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs on March 2, 2016, Admiral Harry Harris, Commander-in-Chief, […]

  • DEFENCE TRADE WITH THE US:
    Posted in: May-June 2016

    India’s Quest for Self-Reliance Indo-US defence trade is on an upward trajectory and further growth on equitable and fair terms would ensure a win- win environment which would lead to India achieving self reliance without the US compromising its commercial and national interests. Self-reliance in defence production has been the key focus of “Make in […]

  • CUTTING THE DEFENCE BUDGET: Reduce the Invisible Tail
    Posted in: May-June 2016

    Is the ministry of defence (MOD) appropriately structured to provide strategic and operational directions to the armed forces and handle situations in our borders? If what happened during the Daulat Beg Oldie incident in April 2013 is anything to go by wherein an ad-hoc body called the ‘China Study Group’ consisting of the National Security […]

  • TIPS ON CYBER SECURITY
    Posted in: May-June 2016

    Today, every organisation uses the internet to save time and store their confidential data online. Cyber Security is important for protecting laptops, programmes, payment information, personal details, bank accounts, customer and client information and networks from damages, attacks or unauthorised access. It is a broad term that covers the different measures that defend computers and […]

  • DOES INDIA REALLY NEED TO DEFEND THE SIACHEN GLACIER?
    Posted in: May-June 2016

    The Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield, is once again in the spotlight. On the morning of February 3, an avalanche hurtled down this icy wasteland, swallowing an Indian military post and claiming the lives of ten soldiers. The tragedy has drawn public attention to the extreme weather and hostile terrain that soldiers contend with […]

  • WHY SIACHEN MUST BE HELD
    Posted in: May-June 2016

    On 3 February, 2016, an ice wall under which the Sonam post on the Saltoro Ridge was located came crashing down, burying all ten occupants of the post. Nine soldiers perished before the rescue teams could get to them on the fifth day. But miraculously, there was a lone survivor, L/Nk Hanamanthappa Koppad, whose girt […]