June 2016

Mongolia: Even Land Locked Countries have Maritime Interests

In November 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Vienna Programme of Action for the sustainable development of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) keeping in mind their geographical challenges and development needs. This 10-year action-plan identified six priorities areas for the LLDCs’ economies including infrastructure development and enhancing international trade, which in their case can take place through a maritime state. 

Transforming Structures for Balanced : Defence Capability Development

The Indian Government is responsible for making decisions on how billions of taxpayers’ money is spent in acquiring the capabilities needed to defend the nation and its interests now and in the future. To aid the government in making these decisions, it is critical that defence forces provide robust, considered and timely advice followed through a transparent and accountable execution process.

Jammu & Kashmir: The Realities of ‘The Last Mile’

Practitioners of military tactics will always tell you that the most difficult part of any war fighting is the last 200 yards of an attack operation of war. The assaulting infantry is without any fire support and in this brief distance the enemy is under cover while pulverizing the attacking troops with unrelenting high angle and small arms fire. Tactical battles are won and lost in these 200 yards and that can make a difference to the operational and strategic objectives.

General Dalbir Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC , Chief of the Army Staff

As the Indian Army celebrates the 67th Army Day, Chief of the Army Staff in a frank and forthright interview with South Asia Defence & Strategic Review (Defstrat) articulated his views on a number of contemporary issues facing the Indian Army. Speaking with Prabudh Sharma, Associate Editor of the magazine, the COAS shared his Key Result Areas and outlined his priorities. Excerpts:

Defstrat: What are your Key Result Areas as the Chief of Army Staff?

Geopolitical Conflicts - 2014

As the year that marks the centenary of the First World War comes to a close and 2015 rings in, one is tempted to draw comparisons between the events of 2014 and the happenings today. The world now is far different from what existed a century ago and it is unlikely that it will ever enter into conflict on the scale of what was seen in the past, at least not in a hurry. Yet the centers of conflict exist, and if anything, are more numerous than before. The areas of potential conflict too are diverse and straddle the globe. And 2014 has seen a host of new conflicts emerge.

Future of Air Power

Ever since the Wright Brothers took to the air in 1903, Air Power opened a hitherto not charted new and now dominant dimension of war. Platforms in the air allowed greater intelligence, surveillance, command and control capabilities. Heavy aerial carpet bombing against military and industrial targets and delivery of the nuclear bomb resulted in concept of ultimate deterrence. Speed and accuracy of delivery cut down sensor-shooter time and reduced collateral damage.

Space: Evolving Combat Zone

Space wars are very explicitly described in the well documented ancient Indian manuscripts. The design of modern spacecraft has a lot in common with ‘Vimana’ the ancient Indian aerospace craft. Similarly the details of very powerful space weapons like ‘Brahmastra’ of Lord Brahma, and ‘Vajra’ of Indra, the God of Weather and wars are well documented. Space is the universe starting about 100 km above the earth where the earth’s atmosphere thins down considerably.

Russia: India’s Long Term Aviation Partner

Russian President Putin’s visit to New Delhi in December 2014 preceded that of the US President Obama who came in January as the guest of honour for the Republic day celebrations. Prime Minister Modi and the Russian President sought to boost cooperation in defence, energy and trade and re-cementing the six decade close strategic relations and bonds. Subjects for discussion were concrete and well beyond just pumping of hands for photo-ops. The falling oil prices and strained relations with Europe on Ukraine have been having a negative impact on Russian economy.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

A definition of RFP as per Gary Blake and Robert Bly in the book Elements of Technical Writing is a solicitation made often through a bidding process, by an agency or company interested in procurement of a commodity, service or valuable asset, to potential suppliers to submit business proposals. It is submitted early in the procurement cycle, either at the preliminary study, or procurement stage. So what does this mean? What does a RFP imply? It would inform various vendors that a buyer is looking to procure an item.