“The Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue” (IPRD) was started by the Indian Navy in 2018. It is an annual event which is a regionally-focussed international conference. The article recounts details of current year’s edition with a cogent and informative backgrounder
“It is in India’s interest to see China strong enough to provide credible bi-polarity in the interregnum during which the world moves towards the establishment of a globally respected United Nations system; one which would be capable of enforcing its mandate without let or hindrance. At the same time, it is vital to India’s interest to NEVER underestimate China’s threat potential”. Excerpt from a talk delivered at the United Service Institution by the writer in 1999 “Dealing with China in the 21st Century”*.
To give a boost to the indigenous defence industry and ensure timely delivery of quality equipment to the Armed Forces, the Strategic Partnership (SP) Model was approved in May 2017 and added as an adjunct to the DPP 2016. The Model aims to invigorate defence production and gradually enhance/build indigenous capabilities in the private sector to design, develop and manufacture complex weapon systems for the future needs of the Armed Forces.
The changing nature of warfare and the operational scenarios prevailing in our context have generated much debate about wheeled versus tracked combat vehicles. The author analyses the issue and suggests pragmatic solutions to resolve the dilemma
“You keep moving and the enemy cannot hit you. When you dig a foxhole, you dig your grave. An Army must be capable of rapid movement’’ -Gen George S Patton
The old Japanese technique of paper folding is finding relevance in the developments of future military platforms, drones, machinery and other war materials. It can potentially transform the military industrial complex which will be led by the Fourth Industrial Technologies such as AI, Big Data and Machine Learning
India and Pakistan have shared a tumultuous relationship for decades. The Pulwama attack and the Balakot retaliation are the latest face off. What has come of it and the way forward for India to deal with Pakistan are articulated herein
An articulation of the status of various types of assets held by the IAF, voids, current strengths and what would it take to make the IAF a formidable force capable of taking on the challenges of a two front war, head on
Capability building of mechanised forces for future conflicts must be looked at holistically so that they are able to decisively engage across the entire spectrum of conflict in our context. It is also of the essence that all elements comprising the mechanised forces are fully complementary to each other. The article delineates what needs to be done to achieve these objectives
Evolving Threat Matrix and Lessons
The Armed Forces for some reason have not been able to create the right perception about themselves in the public eye. We need to work in unison to right this wrong. The aspect that soldiering requires intellectual skills must be conveyed to the public and polity of the country so that they get the right perspective. Our perception managers must also clarify our stance on NFFU least it is taken that we keep crying hoarse over nothing
The past three decades have seen the relations between India and Pakistan become increasingly vitriolic over the Kashmir issue. The Deep State within Pakistan continues to adopt new stratagems – Pulwama being the latest. Whilst India’s response was in more than equal measure, the ultimate way forward for the Indian establishment is to adopt a balanced approach in Kashmir, a mix of hard and soft options