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Visit of Bangladesh PM - expectations

Coming up next month in April is the all important visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh to India. Not only is she a close friend of India...
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Pakistan – Defiant Frankenstein

By admitting that the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack was carried out by Pakistan based terror group but that the Pakistani government had no role in it, former Pakistan National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani has managed to hit headlines while keeping himself safe.
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Special Forces – efforts to bridge equipment voids

Media is agog with news "Army on shopping spree, commandos to get deadlier", reporting that after the successful 'surgical strikes', MoD is fast-tracking some...
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Military Modernization Kaput – and the curse of committees

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence has slammed the...
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QCG and the six plus one

The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) comprising the US, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan aimed to bring the Taliban on board to join the...
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Of Grenade Lobbing Robots – and more

As the battle for Mosul continues, the ISIS fights on with new technology. Tiny surveillance drones are employed to observe and report movement and positions of the attacking forces.
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India–China Strategic Dialogue – hollowness persists

On February 22, India and China held their ‘upgraded’ strategic dialogue at Beijing. Just before the dialogue, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar held talks...
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Indo-US Defence Ties – retain the high

There was some speculation as to how the Indo-US defence relationship would pan out under the new US President, as relationships do undergo change...
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Policy on Unmanned Vehicles – setting course is good

DRDO Director General Dr S Christopher’s statement on February 11, 2017 that DRDO plans to soon come out with policy document on unmanned vehicles...
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Tri-Service Commands – must get them right

After a lapse of over a year, news is media is again talking of Tri-Service Commands and other measures like appointing a single-point military adviser...
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Big Stride in Ballistic Missile Defence

February, 11, 2017 was a great day for the DRDO and the nation. At precisely 0745 hours, DRDO successfully test-fired a interceptor missile off Odisha coast and achieved a significant milestone for developing a two-layered BMD system...
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Defence Budget 2017-2018

Defence has been allocated Rs 2,74,114 crore ($40.31 billion) for fiscal year 2017-2018. This does not include the pensions bill which itself is close to Rs 85,000 crore per annum.
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The China factor in Kashmir

That China is the central actor behind the problems in J&K is still not fully acknowledged by our policy makers. Not that it is a new development but the understanding remained coloured with the advice of our intelligence agencies who refused to get out of the time wrap.
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Why India should never join CPEC

Khaled Ahmed, consulting editor, ‘Newsweek’ Pakistan, in his recent article titled ‘Corridor of Uncertainty’ writes that Pakistan’s General Riaz inviting India...
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India joins ICBM 5000+ league

India successfully undertook the fourth and final test firing of the Agni-V today (December 26) from Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha. This is a wholly indigenously developed ICBM, which by itself is a gigantic achievement.
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Heart of Asia – Pak proxies named

In his inaugural address at the Sixth Ministerial ‘Heart of Asia’ Conference at Amritsar, represented by some 30 countries and international and regional organizations and co-chaired by Finance Minister of India...
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Visit of Israeli President – cementing ties

The eight-day visit to India in November by President Reuven Rivlin of Israel further cemented India-Israel bilateral relations. His visit was the first one by an Israeli President after 1996 when President Ezer Weizman had visited India.
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Coming - Armed drones

Pakistan tested its indigenous ‘Burraq’ UCAV last year and according to the Dawn quoting industry insiders, in 2015 China had offered to sell Pakistan its CH-3 UCAV, which can carry two laser-guided missiles or bombs.
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Chinese submarines to Bangladesh

Bangladesh media, quoting an Inter Services Public Relation Directorate release, reported on November 4 that Bangladesh Naval Chief Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed had received two Chinese submarines during a ceremony at Liao Nan Shipyard...
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PM Modi’s Japan visit – Historic nuclear deal signed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan on November 11-12 may be termed the most historic as making an exception; Japan has signed a civil-nuclear...
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ISRO: Of Satellites, Moon and Mars

It may be recalled that on June 22, 2016, India launched 20 satellites in one go, which was the maximum ever by ISRO.
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Blacklisting Redefined

Since December 2014, media was reporting that a new government policy legalizing middlemen in arms purchases, a source of massive controversies...
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OROP: One-Man Judicial Commission

Politicization of the unfortunate suicide of Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal was indeed bad.
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Internet of Things (IoT) and Dangers in Cyberspace

Much has been said in recent years about Internet of Things (IoT); it is coming, it has arrived or it is growing rapidly. But the enormity of IoT can be gauged from the one forecast that by 2030 there will be over 26 billion connected devices...
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Xi Jinping – China’s “Core Leader”

The Communist Party of China (CPC) has anointed President Xi Jinping as the “Core Leader” of China, which places him on par with Mao Tse Tung and Deng Xiaoping.
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Visit of Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar Foreign Minister and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s four-day visit to India after attending the BRICS summit at Goa provided fresh impetus to India-Myanmar relations.
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Deriding military – Continues unabated

The latest attack on the military’s ethos came from the MoD through the GoI letter number A/24577/CAO/CP Cell dated October 18, described by a national daily in talking about rank “equivalence” between defence officers and “armed forces headquarters civil service officers”.
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Chinese subs to Pakistan – Eye on IOR

China recently confirmed the sale of eight attack submarines to Pakistan, what is its biggest ever military deal estimated to be over US$5 billion.
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India-Russia relations take next step

The recent meet between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Putin of Russia on the sidelines of the BRICs summit at Goa and the deals signed between India and Russia have silenced the critics that the Modi Government is putting all its eggs in the basket of America.
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Big ticket acquisitions – Overshadowing cutting edge again?

As per media reports, the MoD is working towards seeking an annual hike...
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New Long Range SAM

India successfully conducted the second test of the new Indo-Israeli surface to air missile (LRSAM) on September 20 from the launching complex - III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea.
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When will our military get its due?

India’s Presidents have said that the military is the last bastion of India. The typical example of today is that while the J&K State Administration in the Valley responsible for the current messy situation went ineffective and the police abandoned their posts, the Army has been tasked to re-establish the rule of law.
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Terrorist State – Will Pakistan get the tag?

September 20 was historical with US Congressman Ted Poe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, introduced ‘H.R.6069, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act’ in the US Congress.
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Indian Army Launches Surgical Strikes along the Line of Control

Since 1989 Pakistan has waged an unrelenting asymmetric war on India which we call “Proxy War”.
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Beyond the Surgical Strike

The Indian Army has now been given a free hand to take appropriate action against the enemy operating across the LoC from PoK.
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India Responds to Uri Terror Strike

India executed surgical strikes against multiple terrorist launch pads-cum training camps in four sectors of POK on night September 28-29.
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Indo-Russian Strategic Partnership – No reset required

Signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) between India and the US has been a subject of intense debate in the media.
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OROP and 7th CPC – Course correction required

It is quite apparent that civil-military relations have reached the lowest ebb with the military sick of being sidelined and continuously denigrated.
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PM Modi’s Vietnam visit

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Vietnam on September 2-3 was special not only because Vietnam is India’s strategic partner and an important pillar of India’s Act East Policy, but also because it came at time of mounting...
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LEMOA, Balochistan and Chinese infirmities

A day after India and US signed the LEMOA during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s three-day visit to the US commencing August 29...
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Indo-Myanmar Construct – good signs

In March this year, Myanmar got a democratically elected government after 57 years of military rule.
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Missing Targets - bane of DRDO

Defence generally remains in the news in India for valid reasons. It was reported recently that the government procured Rs 76,000 crores of defence equipment during 2015-2016.
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Strengthening West Asian Ties

The recent visit to Lebanon, Syria and Iraq from August 17-23 by MoS External Affairs MJ Akbar has strengthened India’s ties...
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Triple whammy for Indian bureaucracy

If one hallmark of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to India was targeting Pakistan for exporting terrorism...
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Kerry’s Visit: India, US Focus on Pak Terror

Deliberations during the recent visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry is being hailed for delivering a blunt message to Pakistan, not to distinguish between good and bad terrorists...
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Signing LEMOA – and RM’s US visit

During his three-day visit to the US commencing August 29, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, India and US are slated to conclude...
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Treasure Troves of PSUs – something amiss?

How many more shocks Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will suffer at the hands of his bureaucrats, shocking the public in turn is anyone’s guess. In March 2015, he made a startling announcement that India was paying the US Department of Defence (DoD) for new weaponry...
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China: self-appointed NSG Policeman caught cheating

China, the self proclaimed Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) policeman has been caught, what may be described as with her pants down...
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RM’s Independence Day eve broadcast – just routine

Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar’s customary message to the Armed Forces...
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SAARC Home Ministers Meet – Pakistan’s prodigal bash

Turbulence at the recent 7th SAARC Home and Interior Ministers Conference was but expected simply because it was being hosted...
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DPP – private sector awaits fair share

If anyone were to ask whether the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) has been enunciated, the answer would be yes, but partially.
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Adding Military Muscle – address foot soldier too

In a boost to the Indian Navy comes the news that India has signed a $1.1 billion deal to procure four more Poseidon-8I long range maritime patrol...
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Visit of Japanese Defence Minister boosts ties

Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani’s recent visit to India came post Malabar 2016 held in Western Pacific recently...
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Hague Ruling – snubbed China remains defiant

The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) recently gave its judgment on the territorial claims of Philippines filed in 2013 against China over disputed areas in South China Sea (SCS) with Manila seeking...
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Nuclear Aircraft Carrier versus Nuclear Submarines

As per media reports, Russia has offered its nuclear aircraft carrier dubbed...
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Disaster Strikes!

The one thing that is clear is that the disaster that has struck the aeroplane was somewhat sudden leaving the crew with no time to make a distress call.
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New MR SAM – beefing air defence

On June 30, India successfully test-fired a new surface-to-air missile, developed jointly with Israel, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, of the Odisha coast. Apart from the missile, the system includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile.
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DCN Unveiled – but how to Talk?

Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar dedicated the Defence Communication Network (DCN) to the nation on July 1, 2016.
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100% FDI in Defence is good move

Government has announced that FDI in the Defence Sector is permitted to 100% level. Till now, the FDI regime permitted 49% FDI participation in the equity of a company under automatic route.
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Exercise MALABAR – 2016 in the Strategic Calculus of India

Indian Naval (IN) Ships Satpura, Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch participated in the recently concluded 20th edition of Exercise MALABAR-2016...
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DPP 2016 uploaded – what is new

On 8 June 2016, MoD uploaded on its website the DPP 2016 Chapters I to VI including Appendices and Annexures.
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Defence Procurement – foreign firms allowed agents

Under the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2016, issued on 8th June 2016,foreign entities have been allowed to engage agents for defence deals under a strict set of conditions, which includes giving defence ministry access...
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Asia Pacific – China plays leech and bully

As the 100,000 ton US aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis which carries F-18 fighter jets, joined the naval ships of Japan and India in the seas off the Japanese Okinawan island chain for exercise Malabar 2016...
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BrahMos to Vietnam: Why is China bellyaching?

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s recent visit to Singapore, including attending the Shangri-La Dialogues further enhanced the revised Defence Cooperation Agreement 2015 and India-Singapore Joint Declaration...
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A Naval Thoroughbred at the Helm

Admiral Sunil Lanba, a Naval Thoroughbred and until recently the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, has assumed the high office of the Chief of the Naval Staff on May 31, 2016, consequent upon superannuation of Admiral RK Dhowan.
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Dilemma of Defence Spending

A report of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence stated that the enhancement in the Defence Budget for the year 2016-17 over the previous...
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Are Our Politicians Losing Interest in India's Defence?

The Standing Committee on Defence, headed by BJP member Major General BC Khanduri, has recently conveyed to the Parliament that the 'growth in the budgetary allocation for defence is not sufficient and woefully inadequate for modernisation.'
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FDI in Defence – Remains elusive

In a written reply given to the Parliament in response to a question about FDI in defence, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said...
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Draft Map Policy – What about defence and security?

The MHA has released the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016, which open to public for comments till June 03. Under this bill, government Centre will set up Security Vetting Authority (SVA)...
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Shangri-La Dialogue – Sending Defence Minister is good

As per media reports, Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar will address the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) scheduled in Singapore in first week June.
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Defence Spending – Faux pas in MoD

AK Anthony during his decade long tenure as defence minister maintained that budget allocations were more than adequate and more...
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Naval Commanders’ Conference - 01/2016

“Indian Navy’s role is not only vital for national security, but also for national prosperity and development”. - Admiral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff
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Super Hornet or the Fighting Falcon

The requirement of the IAF is not for a light-weight fighter but for a medium to heavy weight combat aircraft capable of operating over long range without in-flight refuelling, preferably...
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DPP 2016 – the long and short of it

DPP 2016 was released by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 28 March 2016 coinciding with the inauguration of DefExpo 2016 in Goa – showing how much Indian Defence has haphazardly progressed.
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Mini Air Vehicles – will army get them soon?

In August last year the Army had issued a request for information (RFI) for 600 mini aerial vehicles (MAVs).
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South China Sea – Dragon laying eggs

India has never claimed the Indian Ocean but China has been saying periodically that Indian Ocean does not belong to India – exhibiting the intellect of a special child.
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Indo-US Defence Ties

India and the US share strategic objectives and one area in which in there is positive convergence between the two nations is the rising threat from China.
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Indo-US Military Ties Deepening – but so are US-Pakistan

Writing in the Washington Post on March 3, Dan Lamothe in an article titled ‘The US And India Are Deepening Military Ties - And China Is Watching’ has...
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Defence Budget 2016-2017

Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar chaired a Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting on February 22, holding that arms acquisition proposals worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore were cleared by the NDA government...
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Big Ticket Make in India - in defence

Make in India is in the air including in the defence sector, with big ticket projects on the anvil. Senior defence officials of foreign countries are making a beeline for India, with US Defence Secretary too slated...
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Special Operations Command – needed urgently

Amidst numerous recommendation of the Naresh Chandra Committee, one was establishment of a Special Operations Command. India has been combating proxy wars for over past three decades.
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Spectrum Woes – ignoring military requirements

Developing India requires loads of money and spectrum sure is lot of money. As per media Rs 469,000 crore (US $70 billion) worth upcoming spectrum sale...
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C4I2SR – is this getting adequate attention?

The increasing importance C4I2SR is unquestionable. Battlefield requirements have changed with long range precision weapons...
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Technology Vision 2035 – what about defence?

The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) under the Ministry of Science & Technology has come out...
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Modi’s Lahore Surprise – future portends?

The surprise sprung by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his hitherto unannounced visit to Lahore was received with shock an awe at home – first reports coming in that Modi will be hosted by Nawaz Sharif...
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Critical Skies – anyone bothered?

Close on the warning last year by the BJP MP Maj Gen BC Khanduri led Parliamentary Committee for Defence that the situation of the equipping...
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Abe’s Visit – special strategic partnership goes more special

The strategic significance of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India comes not because it is in the following year as Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Japan, but also since Japan is a vital anchor for India’s ‘Act East’ Policy...
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Indo-Russian Bonds – remain strong

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Russia later in the month to attend the annual India-Russia Summit. Indo-Russian strategic partnership goes much beyond mere sale-purchase of military hardware...
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Lessons from 26/11 – what have we learned?

Many would question what have we learned from the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks that created Mayhem and created national uproar in 2008? A cartoon in the media shows a Mumbai policeman still without bulletproof jacket, helmet and carrying a stick instead of a weapon even on the eve of 26/11 despite...
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Airstrikes on ISIS

The world must acknowledge that ISIS may have 14th century ideology but it has access to technology and weaponry of the current century.
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PM Modi’s UK Visit

With 1.4 million Indian origin Britons ready to welcome PM Modi and the need for PM David Cameron to woo them, the stage was already set for a successful UK visit by Modi.
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FDI in Defence – ease of business?

On November 10, the government announced a host of measures to ease business along with FDI reforms in 15 sectors including defence, stating that FDI bids worth up to 49% of equity will now progress through the so-called "automatic route".
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FDI in the Indian Defence Industry

The major global investors seeking to make large investments in the defence sector, are unlikely to find the change to be a significant departure from the past.
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South China Sea - testing times

South China Sea (SCS) is increasingly in the news with speculations about a likely US-China confrontation. While actual conflict may not occur but it certainly is testing times.
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Naval Commanders' Conference - 02/2015

The second edition of bi-annual Naval Commanders' Conference was conducted at New Delhi from October 26 to 28, 2015. Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral RK Dhowan chaired the conference and addressed the Navy’s top leadership...
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Gwadar – China has her way

Though the 50-year lease of Gilgit-Baltistan to China has been kept under wraps by the Pakistani government despite reports in US and regional media of Pakistan, it is official now that Gwadar Port Authority has rented 923 hectare...
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A National War Memorial in India

The clamour for a national war memorial from the armed forces and even non government bodies has been fairly loud in the past decade or so. This is especially noteworthy because in the past 67 years since independence, the Indian Armed forces have been constantly involved in military operations...
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INS Kochi named after traditional home of Destroyers

The ship design not only incorporates most advanced design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping, and manoeuvrability; its weapons and sensors are those of the best in the class.
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Indian Navy’s Rotary Wing in Doldrums?

The capability of the ship based helicopters to operate out at sea, for extended periods of time on task, with enormous flexibility to avoid radar detection make them invaluable for maritime role.
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New Tri-Service Commands – how effective will they be?

As per media reports, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on August 19 has directed HQ IDS to "work out and fine-tune" the "basic structures" for the Cyber, Aerospace and Special Operations Commands.
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Maldives – Chinese Octopus eyes nest

China may have been referred to as Dragon in the past but in yin and yang terminology the dragon is yang that complements yinfenghuang (Chinese phoenix). Chinese emperors used dragons as royal symbols albeit some depictions of the Chinese dragon are of a snake-like creature with four legs.
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New DPP – what should be its contours?

The country, most prominently the private defence manufacturers await the new DPP with baited breath. The 10-member committee appointed by MoD was to submit its report on July 31.
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Permanent Chairman COSC – a myth of toothless wonder

The media has quoted MoD sources stating on July 21 that the proposal to create the new post of a Permanent Chairman of the COSC was at "an advanced stage of planning" now, albeit the post would have to be ultimately approved...
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Lockheed Martin to Acquire Sikorsky

The acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft will enable Lockheed Martin to access new markets abroad and add value to its portfolio through enhanced sales in the military segment of its business.
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Indo-US Bi-lateral Defence and Strategic Partnership

On June 04, 2015 India and the US signed a new strategically important 10-year defence framework pact which envisaged joint development...
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Modi-Nawaz Meet – old wine in new bottle

Trust the media to go berserk anytime PM Modi is likely to meet. So it was expected that when they did meet in Ufa, Russia on the sidelines of the BRICS and SCO summits on July 10, the media went overboard declaring it was a tremendous ‘breakthrough’.
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Modi-Nawaz meet in offing – but Outcome?

Media is agog with news of possibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Russian next month.
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Respecting National Security

As per media reports, the recent visit by the NSA to Myanmar to tie up joint Indo-Myanmar operations against the Naga and other insurgents lodged inside Myanmar territory did not get the expected response from the Myanmar...
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Chinese Submarines on the Prowl in Indian Ocean Region

Recent reports of a conventional Chinese submarine entering...
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Restructured leadership of DRDO

Leadership changes in DRDO signal the determination of the government to propel the organisation to attain significantly higher levels of indigenisation in defence hardware with enhanced levels of accountability.
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Chinese Naval Presence - A Threat to Indian Ocean Region?

PLA Navy's activities are minutely monitored by Indian Navy and our belief is that the responsibility of protecting Indian Ocean and our coastline lies with the Navy.
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Modi Government and the Armed Forces

When the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) came into power in the Centre on 26th May 2014, the general perception and expectations in the armed forces were that it will follow a pro-active policy on the external security front and will be more sympathetic on the welfare issues of the armed forces personnel.
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The Year Gone By – Not in Vain!

The government has the capability to deliver; but will need time.
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One year of Defence under Modi Government

It is envisaged that under a new procurement policy, at least half of India’s total weapon and equipment needs in the next 10 to 12 years (worth more than $100 billion) could be produced domestically.
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Progress in the Defence Sector in the Past One year

The present NDA government was sworn in on 26 May 2014. Thus one year later there is an intense debate in the country about the progress made by this government on all fronts and the results are mixed.
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Taking Stock of Naval Acquisition Plan

Past one year has witnessed a positive push forward by the Government for the dormant schemes, especially for the sub-surface fleet where the capability gaps are widening, is indeed re-assuring.
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The End of a Dilemma

The speed with which the DAC has cleared the “single vendor” Airbus-TASL proposal for the 56 C-295 aircraft is indicative of a welcome change in the approach of the bureaucracy towards defence procurement.
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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – A Troubled Endeavour

There is a need to improve the quality of project management to enable the US armed forces to realize the full potential of this new generation...
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First Scorpene Undocked

In October 2005, the contract for 'Project-75' was awarded to French defence giant DCNS to build six Franco- Spanish Scorpene-class diesel attack...
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Unfortunate Crash of a Braveheart

The Dornier, Do-228, belonging to the Indian Navy Air Squadron 310 and based at INS Hansa in Goa took-off at 6.30 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2015...
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Defence Budget 2015-2016

The Fiinance Minister has announced a defence budget of Rs 2,46,727 crores for FY 2015-16. This announcement has come in the backdrop of a few other defence related news items...
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The New DPP

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar acknowledged on sidelines of Aero India 2015 that Make in Defence for the defence sector required streamlining.
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Sino-Indian Relations – new horizons

It is but typical of China to shroud her intent in a cloak of ambiguity.
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President Sirisena’s visit and beyond

Close on the heels of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samarveera’s ‘pilgrimage’ to New Delhi came the state visit by President Maithripala Sirisena to India starting today.
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Need to Revamp Coastal Security

This episode has uncanny similarity with the one on November 26, 2008, sponsored by the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan.
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Agenda for the new Raksha Mantri

If there is one lesson we should have learnt during our 67 years as a sovereign republic, it is that security shortcomings, both internal and external, have repeatedly served to distract our attention and divert scarce resources away...
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Mandate for the Defence Minister

The former Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar has taken over as the Minister of Defence at a time when the nation is confronted...
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Agenda for Defence Minister

After a long break, India finally has a full time Defence Minister in Mr Manohar Parrikar.
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Prime Minister Modi’s visit to USA: A preliminary assessment

Such is the intensity of India’s domestic political activity, as compared to other democracies, that it makes huge demands on the time and mind-space of its leadership. Aware of this pitfall Narendra Modi had obviously charted...
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