June 2016

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.

Analysing the Staff Evaluation Procedure

Staff Evaluation or General Staff Evaluation as it is called in the Army, is based on the field evaluation carried out of the equipment fielded by the vendors. The action is carried out by the Service Headquarters (HQ) and the aim of this evaluation is to see the compliance of the evaluated parameters in the equipment in comparison to the parameters laid out by the Request for Proposal (RFP) which in turn is based on the qualitative requirements (QRs).

Scholar Warriors

I admit that social media is a ‘neither here neither there’ subject for my column which promised to address issues other than doctrine, operations and strategy. Since it doesn’t seem to fit into any of these three categories I can afford to take liberties. I wrote on the subject six months ago but even in that much time the world seems to have moved on in the dynamic stream of social media. A couple of issues come to mind immediately.