Experts Speak

  • Defence Spending — Faux pas in MoD
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    AK Anthony during his decade long tenure as defence minister maintained that budget allocations were more than adequate and more...

  • Naval Commanders' Conference - 01/2016
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    "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

  • Super Hornet or the Fighting Falcon
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

    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...

  • DPP 2016 — the long and short of it
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • Mini Air Vehicles — will army get them soon?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    In August last year the Army had issued a request for information (RFI) for 600 mini aerial vehicles (MAVs).

  • South China Sea — Dragon laying eggs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • Indo-US Defence Ties
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

    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.

  • Indo-US Military Ties Deepening — but so are US-Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • Defence Budget 2016-2017
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • Big Ticket Make in India - in defence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • Special Operations Command — needed urgently
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • Spectrum Woes — ignoring military requirements
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • C4I2SR — is this getting adequate attention?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    The increasing importance C4I2SR is unquestionable. Battlefield requirements have changed with long range precision weapons...

  • Technology Vision 2035 — what about defence?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) under the Ministry of Science & Technology has come out...

  • Modi's Lahore Surprise — future portends?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • Critical Skies — anyone bothered?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • Abe's Visit — special strategic partnership goes more special
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • Indo-Russian Bonds — remain strong
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • Lessons from 26/11 — what have we learned?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • Airstrikes on ISIS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

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

  • PM Modi's UK Visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • FDI in Defence — ease of business?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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".

  • FDI in the Indian Defence Industry
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

    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.

  • South China Sea - testing times
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • Naval Commanders' Conference - 02/2015
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    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...

  • Gwadar — China has her way
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • A National War Memorial in India
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd.)

    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...

  • INS Kochi named after traditional home of Destroyers
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    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.

  • Indian Navy's Rotary Wing in Doldrums?
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    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.