February 2016

Editorial Team

Our Editorial Board and list of contributors consist of eminent personalities in the field of defence, diplomacy and administration.

Some of them are: -

Advisor Military Affairs
Lt Gen JP Singh (Retd)

AK Sharma

Roving Editor
Ajay Singh

Editor Geopolitics
Mariam Safi

Foreign Correspondents
Brig Fen Alain Lamballe
Sergei DeSilva Ranasinghe

About Defstrat

South Asia Defence & Strategic Review is a leading publication on matters related to Defence and Strategy, Internal Security and Military Technology. A bi-monthly publication, the magazine was launched in Mar 2007 and has gained steadily in stature and credibility. It has already secured a large subscription and readership base in the entire SA region and rest of the world.

Maintenance of Military Equipment Need for a Renaissance

It is well known that in the modern world there is a need for an agile and leaner combat support force to meet the modernisation of the Indian Army. The diversity and proliferation in the technology of the equipment being procured has resulted in sophisticated equipment which needs periodic and superior maintenance. I still remember an embarrassed myself in uniform standing in the inner circle of Connaught Place in Delhi with my girlfriend in 1984 next to a one ton vehicle with its hood open and the driver trying to pump desperately the carburettor.

Boosting The Lethal Punch of Brahmos

In what has been described as a shot in the arm for strengthening and refining India’s missile strike capability, Indian army in  November 2015, successfully test-fired the land attack, Block III variant of the Indo-Russian supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos, perhaps the most formidable and lethal weapon system available with the Indian defence forces.

Nepal : A Constitution In Crisis

Kathmandu is usually a bustling city. Tourists throng the streets, overloaded taxis and autos zip by; quaint eateries usually extending onto the pavements are packed with customers and the night life has much to offer. Yet, none of this is now visible. It is now a city of queues. Mile long lines wind away in front of fuel outlets and even larger ones wait for precious LPG cylinders. Few tourists are visible, and most taxis and autos park idly on the roads.

Armoured Vehicles India 2015

“Mechanised Forces target the will of the enemy” said Lt Gen AB Shivane, VSM, Director General Mechanised Forces in his Keynote Address at the 6th edition of ‘Armoured Vehicles India’ symposium, organized jointly by the ‘Centre for Joint Warfare Studies’ and Defstrat.com on 18-19 Nov at IDSA, New Delhi.  Addressing the audience comprising various stakeholders and luminaries in the Armoured Vehicles domain, the DG Mech Forces spoke eloquently about the varied challenges and 4G threats in the region and stressed on the need to work out a comprehensive investment s

Does Indian Ocean Require Another Security Forum

The annual Galle Dialogue 2015 themed “Secure Seas through Greater Maritime Cooperation: Challenges and the Way Forward” was held in November at Galle, a prominent coastal town in south Sri Lanka. In his keynote address, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, flagged a number of maritime security challenges faced by the international community including rise in criminal activity at sea and spread of terrorism. He also noted that Asian naval powers i.e.

Road to the Republic,1929-1950

Asalute of 31 Guns to the President heralded the birth of Indian Republic shortly before 1030 hours on January 26, 1950. It was 894 days after the country attained the dominion status following the end of British rule.  The ceremony was held in the brilliantly decorated Darbar Hall of the Government House (earlier called the Viceroy House) and attended by about 500 prominent personalities including Dr Soekarno, the President of Indonesian Republic.

Scholar Warriors- Media & Information: Unexceptional Elements for the Indian Armed Forces

Examining various events that the Armed Forces have been involved in over the last two years my continuing belief is reinforced. This belief revolves around the fact that for years the Armed Forces have been discussing and attempting to teach and evolve policies on media and information but somehow have not risen above the basics in resolving the issue. The information revolution hit India just around the turn of the millennium and the Kargil War (Op Vijay) gave us the first clues of how important the media was going to be.