October 2017

Air Power Against Terror and Insurgency

Pakistan exported terrorism has been causing loss of innocent lives in Jammu and Kashmir for decades. After the Pakistan based militant-attack on the Indian Army Brigade Headquarters at Uri on 18 September, the public opinion across India was to strike hard and teach Pakistan a lesson. Indian Army backed by the political leadership decided to hit the Pakistan Army and the terrorists at their home.

DSEI 2017: Glimpses of a Flourishing Market

The organisers of Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) hailed its unrivalled scale, hosting more than 1,600 exhibitors from 54 countries. A record 36,000 visitors were vetted and went through security checks before being allowed inside the cavernous ExCeL Centre to mingle with exhibitors, ministers and heads of the world’s largest militaries. Governments and private companies alike had set out their technologies and products, with the Royal Navy even mooring warships in Royal Victoria Dock for the occasion.

Tank Biathlon 2017

It was in 2014 that Moscow played host to first International Military Games, an exercise devised to put men and machines military, through a rigorous test over multiple disciplines. Albino ranges provided the perfect stage for hosting such games and a number of enthusiastic militaries participated in order to showcase their might and training skills; a peacetime exercise affording an opportunity to send out a message to adversaries and friends alike.

The Changing Dynamics of Indo Russian Defence Relations: A User’s Take

Following a time chronology in the relationship between the two nations, in so far as it relates to the Defence perspective, three distinct stages are identifiable. The first one of these, relates to the Soviet era, second relates to the time periods on both sides of the demise of the erstwhile USSR, and third is the current one, relating to the geopolitical realities of the Russian Block (implying a group of countries that earlier formed the constituents of the then USSR) and the India of today.

Stage 1: The Soviet Era

Social Media and the Armed Forces

Social Media has had a profound effect on life in all spheres; pervading both personal and professional spaces, to an extent, which has created dynamics with far reaching consequences. Israel declared war in the Gaza strip on Social Media and had also created a Social Media War Room, manned by 30 bright university students. Social networking sites can be used to reach critical masses instantly and provide them points of view both own and contra. Cell phones and other electronic devices have become the means of communication and provide instant connectivity.

India, Japan and theShadow of China

When Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi drove through Ahmedabad in an open jeep, wearing identical clothes (including the Modi jacket which is becoming the prime fashion accessory in world capitals), the personal bonding between the two leaders was indicative of the growing closeness between the two nations. PM Abe was one of the few to be personally escorted by Modi himself, and treated as a special guest. Ironically, the last such world leader to be feted in Ahmedabad this way was Xi Jinping.

Wearable Devices can transform Maritime Operations

Wearable technologies or simply ‘wearables’ are those which can be “worn by a consumer”. These are generally categorized as ‘smart’ products, and include devices such as mobile phones, watches, wrist band, patches, eyewear, hearables, attachable, footwear, or clothing. Significantly, these are crafting a ‘wrist revolution’, ‘head revolution’, and ‘clothing revolution’, transforming human activity led by advancements in deep machine learning.

Ending North Korean Brinkmanship

The tensions surrounding the brinkmanship of North Korean leader have kept the two countries South Korea and Japan most imperiled and on edge. In the latter case, there were reports of brisk sales of nuclear shelters. Something similar is bound to be taking place in South Korea as well. In the face of the scale of the destruction that could take place in the event of actual hostilities these measures amount to nothing.

From Mosul to Mindanao ISIS is Not Yet Defeated

When Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the Daesh chieftain, declared the Caliphate in Jun 2014 one of the prime reasons he could do so was the territory that he controlled in both Iraq and Syria. Aiding that was the finances he possessed through the looting of the Mosul treasury which gave him a reported 489 million US dollars. The royalties from the Mosul refinery and taxes imposed on the population of the territories under control gave Baghdadi enough financial security but also spoilt him for choice.