Experts Speak

  • New Tri-Service Commands — how effective will they be?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • Maldives — Chinese Octopus eyes nest
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • New DPP — what should be its contours?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • Permanent Chairman COSC — a myth of toothless wonder
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • Lockheed Martin to Acquire Sikorsky
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

    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.

  • Indo-US Bi-lateral Defence and Strategic Partnership
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    On June 04, 2015 India and the US signed a new strategically important 10-year defence framework pact which envisaged joint development...

  • Modi-Nawaz Meet — old wine in new bottle
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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'.

  • Modi-Nawaz meet in offing — but Outcome?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • Respecting National Security
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • Chinese Submarines on the Prowl in Indian Ocean Region
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    Recent reports of a conventional Chinese submarine entering...

  • Restructured leadership of DRDO
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

    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.

  • Chinese Naval Presence - A Threat to Indian Ocean Region?
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    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.

  • Modi Government and the Armed Forces
    By General V.P. Malik (Retd)

    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.

  • The Year Gone By — Not in Vain!
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

    The government has the capability to deliver; but will need time.

  • One year of Defence under Modi Government
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • Progress in the Defence Sector in the Past One year
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd.)

    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.

  • Taking Stock of Naval Acquisition Plan
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    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.

  • The End of a Dilemma
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

    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.

  • The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — A Troubled Endeavour
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

    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...

  • First Scorpene Undocked
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

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

  • Unfortunate Crash of a Braveheart
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    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...

  • Defence Budget 2015-2016
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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...

  • The New DPP
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar acknowledged on sidelines of Aero India 2015 that Make in Defence for the defence sector required streamlining.

  • Sino-Indian Relations — new horizons
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    It is but typical of China to shroud her intent in a cloak of ambiguity.

  • President Sirisena's visit and beyond
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    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.

  • Need to Revamp Coastal Security
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

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

  • Agenda for the new Raksha Mantri
    By Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.)

    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...

  • Mandate for the Defence Minister
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

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

  • Agenda for Defence Minister
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    After a long break, India finally has a full time Defence Minister in Mr Manohar Parrikar.

  • Prime Minister Modi's visit to USA: A preliminary assessment
    By Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.)

    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...