March 2017

10 Years at a Glance

Over the past 10 years South Asia Defence & Strategic Review has researched, sought out and highlighted issues related to geostrategy and defence that matter to the South Asian region. Our objective has been to bridge the gaps in perceptions and help create an environment that promotes peace and security, despite divergent views, beliefs and ideals in the most populated region in the world. It has been our strong conviction that the subcontinent can prosper better if we act united. Given the geopolitical realities that exist at present, that might be a piped dream.

Unified Procurement Structure

Greater Productivity and self Reliance in Defense Requires a Unified Procurement Structure

In this age of unrestricted warfare, defense forces need diverse range of military capabilities, which are adequate and technologically superior to deter the adversary from waging war or creating internal disorder. If deterrence fails, the armed forces should be able to fight effectively. For this we require the right people with right equipment to attain operational advantages and freedom of action.

India’s Aerospace Technology Growth Options

Advent of aviation opened up new and now dominant dimensions of war. Platforms in the air allow greater intelligence, surveillance, command and control capabilities. Precision delivery of lethal warheads against military and industrial targets and capability to deliver nuclear weapons enforces highest level of deterrence. Speed and accuracy of delivery cut down sensor-shooter time and reduce collateral damage. Stand-off weapon delivery and unmanned platforms have further evolved the air power employment philosophy.

ISRO, our Crown Jewel in Support of Armed Forces

While the media went crazy on 15 Feb breaking the news of the world record of ISRO in launching 104 satellites, the ISRO Chairman, Dr A S Kiran Kumar in a welcome show of humility, reciprocated to the avalanche of congratulatory messages by simply stating these words, “we are not into the game of making/breaking world records etc, we were just trying to utilise the opportunity that we had, and maximise the returns”.  Indeed, ISRO has utilised every opportunity to make the nation proud by creating such world class capabilities that not only, have put us in the front ranks

New Maritime Facilities in the Indian Ocean

China’s relentless efforts to augment the 21st century Maritime Silk Road initiative and its investments in Hambantota and Colombo port projects in Sri Lanka and the Gwadar port in Pakistan have attracted international attention. Last year, it announced the intention to finance and develop jointly with the host nation companies’ two commercial ports in the Indian Ocean - the Maleka Gateway in Malaysia and Dqum port in Oman.

The New World Order

The post-World War years were a nice place to be in. It was a simple, uncomplicated world order with power divided somewhat equally between the two superpowers USA and USSR. The power equations were on ideological lines with the US and the USSR championing Democracy and Communism respectively (though the two major communist powers, USSR and China were themselves at loggerheads) and waging their proxy wars across the globe.