Experts Speak

  • September 19, 2016
    OROP and 7th CPC — Course correction required
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    It is quite apparent that civil-military relations have reached the lowest ebb with the military sick of being sidelined and continuously denigrated.

  • September 5, 2016
    PM Modi’s Vietnam visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • September 5, 2016
    LEMOA, Balochistan and Chinese infirmities
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    A day after India and US signed the LEMOA during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's three-day visit to the US commencing August 29...

  • September 5, 2016
    Indo-Myanmar Construct — good signs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    In March this year, Myanmar got a democratically elected government after 57 years of military rule.

  • September 5, 2016
    Missing Targets — bane of DRDO
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • September 5, 2016
    Strengthening West Asian Ties
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    The recent visit to Lebanon, Syria and Iraq from August 17-23 by MoS External Affairs MJ Akbar has strengthened India's ties...

  • September 5, 2016
    Triple whammy for Indian bureaucracy
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    If one hallmark of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to India was targeting Pakistan for exporting terrorism...

  • August 31, 2016
    Kerry's Visit: India, US Focus on Pak Terror
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • August 23, 2016
    Signing LEMOA — and RM's US visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    During his three-day visit to the US commencing August 29, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, India and US are slated to conclude...

  • August 23, 2016
    Treasure Troves of PSUs — something amiss?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • August 23, 2016
    China: self-appointed NSG Policeman caught cheating
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    China, the self proclaimed Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) policeman has been caught, what may be described as with her pants down...

  • August 23, 2016
    RM's Independence Day eve broadcast — just routine
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar's customary message to the Armed Forces...

  • August 9, 2016
    SAARC Home Ministers Meet — Pakistan's prodigal bash
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    Turbulence at the recent 7th SAARC Home and Interior Ministers Conference was but expected simply because it was being hosted...

  • August 9, 2016
    DPP — private sector awaits fair share
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    If anyone were to ask whether the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) has been enunciated, the answer would be yes, but partially.

  • August 9, 2016
    Adding Military Muscle — address foot soldier too
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • July 18, 2016
    Visit of Japanese Defence Minister boosts ties
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani's recent visit to India came post Malabar 2016 held in Western Pacific recently...

  • July 18, 2016
    Hague Ruling — snubbed China remains defiant
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • July 18, 2016
    Nuclear Aircraft Carrier versus Nuclear Submarines
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

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

  • Disaster Strikes!
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

    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.

  • July 7, 2016
    New MR SAM — beefing air defence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • July 7, 2016
    DCN Unveiled — but how to Talk?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar dedicated the Defence Communication Network (DCN) to the nation on July 1, 2016.

  • 100% FDI in Defence is good move
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • Exercise MALABAR — 2016 in the Strategic Calculus of India
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

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

  • DPP 2016 uploaded — what is new
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    On 8 June 2016, MoD uploaded on its website the DPP 2016 Chapters I to VI including Appendices and Annexures.

  • Defence Procurement — foreign firms allowed agents
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • Asia Pacific — China plays leech and bully
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • BrahMos to Vietnam: Why is China bellyaching?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • A Naval Thoroughbred at the Helm
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    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.

  • Dilemma of Defence Spending
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

    A report of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence stated that the enhancement in the Defence Budget for the year 2016-17 over the previous...

  • Are Our Politicians Losing Interest in India's Defence?
    By General V.P. Malik (Retd.)

    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.'

  • May 10, 2016
    FDI in Defence — Remains elusive
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    In a written reply given to the Parliament in response to a question about FDI in defence, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said...

  • May 10, 2016
    Draft Map Policy — What about defence and security?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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)...

  • May 10, 2016
    Shangri-La Dialogue — Sending Defence Minister is good
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

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