Defence
CAG Reports on Military Equipment: Prudence is the Need of the Hour

Recent reports in the media, concerning a CAG report on the Indian Navy’s MiG 29K aircraft, have raised alarm about the performance of these aircraft. However, the issue needs to be deliberated with the necessary seriousness, devoid of media specul....

Tejas Fighter Induction: Glory and the Grind

On 1 July the Deputy Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Marshal RKS ‘Chottu’ Bhadauria received the first two series production Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) from HAL. These would equip IAF’s 45 ‘Flying Daggers’ Squadron—which, ....

The Ins & Outs of Infiltration: The Real Challenge in J&K - Part 2

Infiltration is usually a well-planned process but often terrorists continue repeating the very same routes on which their colleagues have been killed in droves. This is because of the compulsion they perceive of getting to the ‘reception area’ a....

The Ins & Outs of Infiltration: The Real Problem in J&K - Part 1

People who meet me socially often get into discussions on J&K. I find most of them have visited the state as tourists and have considerable interest in the security situation. Besides never being able to perceive why there is such large presence of t....

Malabar 2016 - Ruffling Feathers in South China Sea

The Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet is ‘Acting East’ with four of its ships en route to the seas east of the Malacca Straits, an area of maritime interest to the Indian Navy. In a press release, the MoD has stated that the four ships, the I....

रक्षा सौदा नीति 2016 के सफल कार्यान्वयन के लिए जानकारियों को एकीकृत करने की जरुरत

सरकार ने रक्षा सौदों की नीति (डी.पी.पी.) को मार्च 2016 में जारी किया है, ये उनकी विचारधारा के अनुरूप ह....

Consolidate Domain Knowledge of Personnel to Execute Defence Procurement Policy 2016

In keeping up with its recognition that ‘self-reliance in defence is of vital importance for both strategic and economic reasons’, the government has released the much anticipated Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) in March 2016. The DPP gives top ....

Demilitarization of Siachen: A Seditious Proposal

Siachen is in the news again. Loss of ten precious Indian lives in the most unfortunate tragedy of 3rd February has reignited debate about the rationale of our military presence on the glacier. Pakistan High Commissioner was quick to re....

Single Digit Chinese Defence Budgets – Are They The “New Normal”?

One of the much awaited announcements of the recently concluded Chinese “Two Sessions” was the Chinese defence budget. With some commentators predicting another double digit rise in line with what has been the norm for the last two decades, the l....

Defence Budget 2016-17: Needed more Funds and Timely Spending

Unspent Funds At the end of the third quarter of Financial Year (FY) 2015-16, 40 per cent (Rs 37,000 crore out of Rs 93,675 crore) of the capital budget of the armed forces remained unspent. As it will not be possible to spend all of the re....

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