October 2018

The 1961 Operation Vijay Lessons for the Contemporary Indian Navy

Every Military Operation carries its own lore and saga of rich military experiences. Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, Director Naval Maritime Foundation gives an insightful historical account of the less remembered but historically significant 1961 Naval Operations against the Portuguese in Goa, Daman and Diu and details important lessons of relevance for coordination and planning for present day operations

Attari-Wagah Ceremony-Stop Hate Foster Peace

Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan’s overtures of desiring peace with India open prospects of resumption of talks and setting right the several infirmities that plague relations between the two nuclear armed nations. Some post-Independence ‘traditions’, the daily flag lowering ceremony at Wagah for instance, that fan a strong  patrioticfervour however also infuse antipathy and hatred towards into public psyche.

Interview : Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC

As the Indian Air Force celebrates the 86th 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:

Interview : Chief of Air Staff

As the Indian Air Force celebrates the 86th 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:

Scholar Warrior: CounterTerror (Ct) Operations In J&K: The Challenges Get Deeper

While writing this column on a single topic is always tempting, covering a couple of issues together sometimes becomes important. Here I am going to be discussing the issues concerning CT operations, with special reference to J&K. Over the last few weeks, many issues of security interest have come to the fore. What really concerned me the most and the issue least covered by the media was the much-circulated video which showed the dragging of a terrorist body with a short rope by soldiers while at hand-shaking distance media persons photographed the display.

China climbsone more step on the Hypersonic Ladder – Implicationsfor India

As China launches Hypersonic systems it is incumbent for India as a potential adversary to be fully seized of the threats that will come in the wake of such systems being operationalised. Lt Gen VK Saxena a former DGAAD analysis the challenges that will arise on account of these weapon systems and suggests that we need to be alive to the issue and prepare to counter these threats accordingly

Preparing Naval Forces for ‘Singularity’

Singularity looms large on the technological horizon with machine driven and managed processes with Artificial Intelligence taking over an increasing number of decisions hitherto performed based on human cognition. Vijay Sakhuja elucidates on the rising prospects of Singularity in naval warfare and why naval forces would require to prepare for and manage such an ingress into machine-determined decision making

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