June 2016

Braveheart : FAQR-E-FAUJ

A good leader is someone whom soldiers will follow through thick and thin because they have confidence in him as a person, in his ability and his knowledge of his job, perhaps because he looks the part, and also because his men know that they matter to him. `Brig Sir John Smyth, 15TH Ludhiana Sikhs (2 SIKH), VC, MC.

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Impact on the Strategic Environment

Ever since 2003 the international community has been in suspense about the possible entry of yet another member into the exclusive club of nuclear armed nations. Iran’s long isolation since 1979 and disconnect from the mainstream encouraged it to go the clandestine way and its success would have upset the equilibrium of one of the crucial regions of the world. It is therefore heartening that long drawn diplomacy and painstaking negotiations appear to have borne fruit in the form of the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Scholar Warriors : Warriors in Name: India’s Martial Tradition Goes Unrespected & Unrealized

It has been a season of military protests, strange as this term may sound. India’s military community has been seething at the short shrift it is receiving at the hands of the politician-bureaucrat combine. To top it we have had some political leaders putting forth ‘educated’ views such as soldiers joining the Army for the ‘tot of happiness’ received through the peg measure. So ridiculous was the comment that I cannot mention it in full and the popular/unpopular anchor sank his head into his arms in a never before gesture.

Greece Bailout: The Missing Dimensions

Details of the bailout agreement with Greece are being examined around the world. The against-time clauses requiring the Greek prime minister to have the conditions approved by parliament to save default after having enjoined the electorate to vote ‘No’ in the referendum, assumed elements of an action thriller .The Greek public had obliged by voting ‘No’, forcing him to eat crow- first while negotiating with the bailiffs in Brussels and then coming back and telling his party to do an about turn.

Field Evaluation Trials

This is the fifth in the series of articles explaining various stages of the procurement procedure as given in the Defence Procurement Procedure 2013, being published in this magazine with the aim to give an idea of the procedures involved to the uninitiated

China: Emerging Aviation Power

The recent very successful visit of PM Narendra Modi to China was economic-friendship centric. Indian media has traditionally focused on the border incursions on Indo-Chinese border and rarely looked at the growing Chinese defence production capability, part of their ‘Made in China’ strategy of over two decades.  The 10th Chinese International Aerospace Exhibition and Airshow held at Zhuhai in November 2014 brought the world’s attention to China’s emerging aircraft industry. The FC-31 stealth fighter was on a flying display.

China Challenges the Unipolar World Order: An Assessment of China’s Defence White Paper 2014

China has been issuing Defence White Papers biennially since 1998. The ninth White Paper of 2014 titled ‘China’s Military Strategy’ was released recently in May 2015. This essay seeks to analyse the salient aspects of the document, particularly in context of the preceding document of 2012 released in April 2013.

Blue Economy : China Explores Bay of Bengal Partnership

Bangladesh has been overwhelmed by simultaneous proposals from India and China on Blue Economy. During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in June 2015, both sides signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding on Blue Economy and Maritime Cooperation in the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean’. The joint statement stated “The two Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction at the amicable settlement of the maritime boundary between the two countries.

The Middle East in Turbulence:Making Sense from Strategic Confusion

My interest in the Middle East’s strategic environment began as a young student during the Six Day War in Jun 1967; it has never ended. The cold war days were good, at least everything was neatly packed into blocs and you knew who was against whom until of course Anwar Sadat decided to change the course of history with his agreement for rapprochement with Israel; and the Ayatollahs came to power in 1979 turning Middle East politics on its head. In 2015 I tend to believe that the situation has never been so confounded.