Military Affairs
Steadfast in Siachen

After every tragedy in Siachen, it is almost laughably predictable to see a spate of articles and programs advocating a settlement (largely on Pakistani terms), if not an outright withdrawal, from the area. Most of these write-ups start with a palpab....

Uniting through Oceans

Bolstered by its robust surface, undersea and aerial capabilities, the Indian Navy staged a spectacular maritime pageant off the eastern seaboard, as it hosted its International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 earlier this month. As many as 50 countries rang....

Prime Minister’s address to Military leaders: No clarity on National Security Strategy

In his address to the Chiefs of Staff and the Commanders-in-Chief of the armed forces on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on December 15, 2015, the Prime Minister made a rare statement on India’s defence policy. The PM lauded the sacrifi....

PLA Reform, Reorganisation, Restructuring and Implications for India

In a clear demonstration of his authority and confidence over the New Year, Chinese President Xi Jinping began implementing the crucial second phase of military reforms announced earlier on September 3, 2015. The reorganisation and restructuring of t....

‘Major Structural Reforms in PLA: Brief Initial Assessment’

The crucial phase of the major military reforms -- described as 'far reaching and unprecedented' -- that were publicly announced on September 3, 2015, by Xi Jinping, who is concurrently the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Pres....

Military modernisation in China: its implications

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s public announcement downsizing the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at the grand military parade on September 3, 2015, was a major event. It signalled that the final stages of reform and reorganization of the PLA woul....

Military Aspects Af-Pak Situation: An Appraisal

It is axiomatic that military aspects can not be discussed in isolation as many other factors have a direct impact on the given military situation. In the current Af-Pak scenario political and economic compulsions have a direct bearing on the be....

A Vibrant Indian Military Industrial Complex for Self Reliance

According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), today India is world’s largest arms importer with country’s spending on defence hovering between 2.3% and 3% of GDP. While India’s massive spending on import of weapons and ....

Towards A Stable Afghanistan: The Way Forward

(A report of Joint Working Group of Vivekananda International Foundation and RUSI, the UK) The experts from the two think tanks met in New Delhi and London during October and November 2011 to deliberate on peace and stability in Afghanistan....

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