Experts Speak

  • March 14, 2017
    Visit of Bangladesh PM - expectations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • March 14, 2017
    Pakistan — Defiant Frankenstein
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • March 14, 2017
    Special Forces — efforts to bridge equipment voids
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • March 14, 2017
    Military Modernization Kaput — and the curse of committees
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence has slammed the...

  • March 14, 2017
    QCG and the six plus one
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) comprising the US, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan aimed to bring the Taliban on board to join the...

  • March 14, 2017
    Of Grenade Lobbing Robots — and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • February 20, 2017
    India—China Strategic Dialogue — hollowness persists
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    On February 22, India and China held their 'upgraded' strategic dialogue at Beijing. Just before the dialogue, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar held talks...

  • February 20, 2017
    Indo-US Defence Ties — retain the high
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • February 20, 2017
    Policy on Unmanned Vehicles — setting course is good
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • February 20, 2017
    Tri-Service Commands — must get them right
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • February 20, 2017
    Big Stride in Ballistic Missile Defence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • February 2, 2017
    Defence Budget 2017-2018
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • January 9, 2017
    The China factor in Kashmir
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • January 9, 2017
    Why India should never join CPEC
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    Khaled Ahmed, consulting editor, 'Newsweek' Pakistan, in his recent article titled 'Corridor of Uncertainty' writes that Pakistan's General Riaz inviting India...

  • December 26, 2016
    India joins ICBM 5000+ league
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • December 5, 2016
    Heart of Asia — Pak proxies named
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • December 5, 2016
    Visit of Israeli President — cementing ties
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • December 5, 2016
    Coming — Armed drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • December 5, 2016
    Chinese submarines to Bangladesh
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • November 14, 2016
    PM Modi's Japan visit — Historic nuclear deal signed
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • November 14, 2016
    ISRO: Of Satellites, Moon and Mars
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

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

  • November 14, 2016
    Blacklisting Redefined
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    Since December 2014, media was reporting that a new government policy legalizing middlemen in arms purchases, a source of massive controversies...

  • November 14, 2016
    OROP: One-Man Judicial Commission
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    Politicization of the unfortunate suicide of Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal was indeed bad.

  • November 14, 2016
    Internet of Things (IoT) and Dangers in Cyberspace
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • October 31, 2016
    Xi Jinping — China's "Core Leader"
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • October 31, 2016
    Visit of Aung San Suu Kyi
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • October 31, 2016
    Deriding military — Continues unabated
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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".

  • October 31, 2016
    Chinese subs to Pakistan — Eye on IOR
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • October 18, 2016
    India-Russia relations take next step
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • October 18, 2016
    Big ticket acquisitions — Overshadowing cutting edge again?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    As per media reports, the MoD is working towards seeking an annual hike...

  • October 5, 2016
    New Long Range SAM
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • October 5, 2016
    When will our military get its due?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • October 5, 2016
    Terrorist State — Will Pakistan get the tag?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • October 3, 2016
    Indian Army Launches Surgical Strikes along the Line of Control
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd.)

    Since 1989 Pakistan has waged an unrelenting asymmetric war on India which we call "Proxy War".

  • September 30, 2016
    Beyond the Surgical Strike
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

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

  • September 29, 2016
    India Responds to Uri Terror Strike
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    India executed surgical strikes against multiple terrorist launch pads-cum training camps in four sectors of POK on night September 28-29.

  • September 19, 2016
    Indo-Russian Strategic Partnership — No reset required
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    Signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) between India and the US has been a subject of intense debate in the media.