The first Part of this Article on the effects of Climate Change (Published in SADSR Vol 11 Issue 3 (July-Aug 2017) demonstrated some of the more relevant manifestations of higher surface, tropospheric, and ocean temperatures that impact societal insecurity and instability at the local, national, and transnational levels.
As the Indian Air Force celebrates the 85th Air Force Day on 08 Oct 2017, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC, Chief of the Air Staff, in a frank and forthright interview with South Asia Defence & Strategic Review (Defstrat) articulated his views on a number of contemporary issues facing the IAF. The CAS, in a freewheeling manner, addressed questions related to force planning, combat readiness and HR management in the IAF amongst others. Excerpts from the interview:
As the Indian Air Force celebrates its 85th raising day one can only remark that it has come a long way from the time it was raised on 8 October 1932 and a six months later equipped with Westland Wapiti II-A biplanes. The IAF which saw action under the British flag prior to Independence has since participated in all the four wars with Pakistan as also the Sino- India conflict of 1962 and acquitted itself creditably.
The 73-day Doklam stand-off has been peacefully resolved at the politico-diplomatic level. Before the dust settles down on the unconstructed road in the Doklam Plateau, the key question that needs to be asked is “Is the army future ready?’.