National Security and Strategic Studies
Exploring Indian Airpower Doctrine & Debacles in The Himalayas

This is an article exploring some of our wars in the Indian Himalayas to derive correct lessons for future conflict management. In light of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and future theatre commands, restructuring and reorientation for the future is already on, but with Covid-19 and its aftermath, there is an urgency and imperative to accelerate changes. While the Indian armed forces are much better prepared to fight the integrated battle, it is still important to revisit doctrines and debacles as a reiteration of important lessons of mountain warfare.

Warring Minds & Cognitive Ammo

Warfare’s most visible element is blurring of lines between wars and peace, competitors and adversaries, future friends and foes, and such like. It is an age of perception shaping and dominating the ‘truth’. The Chinese have embraced this for centuries. Reflexive control, creating and dealing with complexity, strategic foresight and sharp power projection are just some facets of this battle for the minds. The core strength of a nation is the ability of its informed leaders to envision the future and take correct and optimal decisions to guide all national endeavours.

The Larger Cause of National Defence: The CDS and Defence Reforms

… there are many hurdles to cross in our endeavour to reform our system of national defence to meet the parameters of the nation’s military threats, technological and industrial capacities and fiscal affordability… The CDS … would be just one ‘cog’, albeit a central one, in the management of national defence … it would need a conducive ground to perform in the best manner desired ... In order reap the advantages its full measure, there have to be rebuilt the entire system of our defence management – defence reforms, in short …

Cyber Attack on Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant – A Wake Up Call

… India is among the top three countries in the world after the U.S. and China when it comes to phishing and malware attacks ... While governments can’t control every aspect of cyber security, they can certainly help shape the future of cyber security based on lessons learned from other nations, threats and technologies ... all stakeholders have to their heads together, identify the vulnerabilities in the critical information infrastructure and take remedial measures in a time bound manner …

Indian Airpower in Irregular Conflicts: A Conceptual Framework

… Indian airpower has almost continuously been involved in less-than-war and low-intensity or limited conflicts … military helicopter and transport aircraft fleets have put in yeomen service over decades towards this and continue to do so … the Air Force must prepare officers today for the managerial and executive tasks to manage not only people but also ideas and concepts on a broad basis …

J & K : Review of Developments Post the Abrogation of Article 370

… the old order has come to its justified end. There is however, much harmful weed still occupying critical spaces of socio-political, cultural and religious existence. Building a ‘new order’ in a conflict zone is always a daunting challenge. It cannot happen without out-of-the-box thinking, and accepting the task as a mission to be accomplished with zeal and passion. India knows New Delhi can do it …

Research and Development in Cyber Domain and Indian Perspective

… India has to develop its own technologies, an electronic manufacturing base, R&D infrastructure and a highly skilled human resource… talented professionals available in the cyber eco system have to be brought in for research on indigenization of cyber technologies… Though a little late, but given the required priority, funding and impetus India has the capability to develop indigenous technology in cyber domain …

National Workshop on Earthquake Preparedness in India - Conference Proceedings

Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised a two-day national workshop on earthquake preparedness in India on October 25 and 26, 2018. This workshop was organised in association with the Policy Perspectives Foundation (PPF) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

Militancy in Kashmir - A Study

.. An alternate narrative needs to be created in universities and colleges of J&K to counter lies peddled by cross-border actors. Think-tanks, research forums, youth forums or inter-faith dialogue bodies and cultural interaction clubs can be created to challenge dominant narratives of Jihad and the hypocrisy of radical Islamists .. the option of a sub-conventional/hybrid war should be explored .. (because) India’s strong and aggressive force-posture .. (and) response plays an important role in clearing the smokescreens of confusion in a Kashmiri mind ..

Youth Development through National Cadet Corps

… motto of NCC, ‘Unity & Discipline’, is committed to the empowerment of youth .. making invaluable contributions towards nation building ... it flags two vital issues of contemporary concern .. united and disciplined citizenry would be central to the realisation of India’s dreams of emerging as a secure and prosperous nation .. NCC can play a role with some modifications to its curriculum and provision of some additionalities ..

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