December 2016

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy

On the occasion of 45th anniversary of the Navy Day on 04 Dec 2016, we were privileged to get an interview with Admiral Lanba. In a freewheeling QA session with South Asia Defence & Strategic Review (Defstrat), the CNS was forthcoming with answers to our queries in a frank and forthright manner. The questions were wide ranging, covering a large canvas, as would befit the occasion. Excerpts from the interview:
 

Where Is Mr. Duterte Taking The Philippines

Evidently the Philippines leader is not letting grass grow under his feet. On the face of it in a few short weeks he has taken decisions on policies – internal as well as external - that have serious long-term consequences for the democratic make up of his country as also for the geopolitical situation in the region. Many of them could have an element of irreversibility about them were he to last out his full term as president, which seems likely and even go in for a second term, also very likely going by his current popularity..

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy

On the occasion of 45th anniversary of the Navy Day on 04 Dec 2016, we were privileged to get an interview with Admiral Lanba. In a freewheeling QA session with South Asia Defence & Strategic Review (Defstrat), the CNS was forthcoming with answers to our queries in a frank and forthright manner. The questions were wide ranging, covering a large canvas, as would befit the occasion. Excerpts from the interview:

Interoperability : An Idea Whose Time Has Come

The degree to which organisations or individuals are able to operate together is the measure of their ‘interoperability’.  Although  interoperability is generally regarded as being limited to technical or technological issues, it in fact bears upon human, organisational and technological systems with equal rigour and encompasses the entire range of goods and services that are involved in cooperative endeavour, particularly military endeavour and as such,  has critical relevance at the strategic, operational and tactical levels.
 

General Qamar Javed Bajwa: An Analysis of the Challenges Before Him

I wrote an introductory assessment on General Raheel Sharif when he took over as the Pakistan Army Chief in 2013, for South Asia Defence and Strategic Review. Analyzing the personality and his work by placing the Indian Army matrix on a Pakistan situation and personality is usually quite simple. Doing it from a realistic Pakistani angle is more challenging. In the last three years, I have met several Pakistani Generals as part of Track 2 diplomacy and perhaps understood a bit more of Pakistani psyche.

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