May-June 2017

  • DEFENCE NEWS
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    INTEGRATION OF THE ARMED FORCES A meeting of the three services chiefs was held in June under Chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee Admiral Sunil Lanba. During the meeting, modalities for implementation of the recommendations of the Shekatkar committee for increasing jointness among the three forces were discussed. The recommendations of the Shekatkar Committee were submitted […]

  • DUDE WANTS TO JOIN THE NAVY
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    A few days ago I was standing in the Bridge Wing, lost in esoteric thoughts of Omar Khayyam Mukhtar, which went something like this “And do you think that unto such as you, a maggotminded, starved, fanatic crew, God gave a secret, and denied it me? Well, well — what matters it? Believe that, too!” […]

  • A HILL CALLED MELROSE
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    “May I have a light?” I looked up to see a Japanese – more or less my age – with an unlit cigarette in his hand. I reached for my lighter. He lit up. We were on a train travelling from Berne to Geneva in the autumn of 1980. “Indian?” he asked. “Yes” I replied. […]

  • INDIA’S SUBSTANTIAL MISSILE PROGRAMME
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    Agni-5, a nuclear capable missile with the longest range so far, of 5,500 kms and described by India as a “weapon of p e a c e , ” w a s successfully test fired from Kalam Island off the Odisha coast, on 26 December 2016, by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The […]

  • INDIA NEEDS A CDS
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    The media is yet again in hyperdrive over the possibility of a military restructuring in the country: With ongoing talks of appointing a single-point military adviser, tri-service commands, integrated theatre commands, Chinastyle commands being formed, synergy being brought into the military; all signalling that the greatest ever restructuring of the Indian military is in the […]

  • THE DANGERS OF INTEGRATED COMMANDS
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    Why is it that a string of intelligent men who have been defence ministers have not and probably will not act to set up a unified military command despite differences in ideology and work culture? When the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS) was set up in 2007, its mission was to “Rise above sectoral […]

  • KEY REFORMS REMAIN ELUSIVE
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    India’s defence preparedness has for long been shrouded in opacity. Awareness of matters pertaining to defence both by the law makers and those in India’s bureaucracy manning the defence ministry leaves much to be desired. It was thus a breath of fresh air which blew in the dusty corridors of South Block when Mr Manohar […]

  • REVIEW OF THE IAF
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    The Central Government has finished three years in office and consequently, reviews of its achievements and shortfalls are ongoing. For the Indian Air Force this period has been a very busy one due the intense focus on its dwindling squadron strength, the selection of an MMRCA and the fact that its transport and helicopter fleets […]

  • DEFENCE PREPAREDNESS: MUCH ACHIEVED BUT A LONG JOURNEY AHEAD
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    During its first three years in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s NDA government gave a free hand to the army to act pro-actively on the LoC with Pakistan and worked assiduously with the leadership of the armed forces and the bureaucracy to give a fillip to military modernisation. However, inadequacies in the state of defence […]

  • THE CRUMBLING PILLARS OF STATE
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    An issue like “Swachh Bharat” may seem remote from something as lofty as national security, but I start with it because the quintessence of national security lies in creating a long-term vision of national interests, and demonstrating the ability for resolute implementation. India’s failure to attain civilised standards of sanitation is emblematic of a serious […]