Brigadier Deepak Sinha argues for further employment of Special Forces in conflict areas dues to nuclearization of the sub-continent. Air Chief Marshal PV Naik, proposes employment of armed forces against Naxals as one solution to quickly diffuse the situation.
There is an interesting debate shaping on geopolitical and military shortcomings to deal with China. Claude Arpi argues for a geopolitical resolution, while Dr Anil Singh proposes investments in Navy infrastructure. Capt AK Sachdev analyzes the faults in indigenous Chinese helicopters and implication on Sino-Indian conflict in case the US relents over the arms embargo.
Group Captain Sachdev looks critically into whether the
Indian Air Force equipped for a two-front war in case China-Pakistan join hands
to attack India at the same time. The IAF has already informed the government
that they are not prepared to handle the two-front war and hence, finalization
of MMRCA deal is extremely vital.
There is an interesting debate of shaping, equipping and
employing Special Forces by Saikat Dutta and Force Projection by Brig Deepak
Sinha. Also our senior military experts propose tired board defence against China.
With the classified Handerson Brooke report leaked out, Gen Bajwa, former Chief
of Staff Eastern Command draws interesting lessons from it.
On the other hand, Bharat Verma takes apart and attempt to
create a ‘fake military coup’ as also details the incompetence of the defence
minister, which has lowered the military preparedness in the last 10 years
against increasing and multiplying security threats on India’s border.
Gp Capt Joseph Noronha looks at the future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles followed by Gp Capt B Menon presenting the need for developing weapon systems for the Air Force in the near future. Air Marshal PV Naik views National security in a holistic perspective.
The visit of the PM to Japan has been succulently analysed in the strategic dimension by Dr S Roy Chaudhary. The Chinese President’s visit in the first year of his term coinciding with that of the Indian PM was looked at with much anticipation, the nuances of the visit has been persuasively covered by Claude Arpi.
Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee interprets the Pakistan nuclear rhetoric in a realistic geopolitical setting.
Consequent to Boeing of USA successfully test flying a retired F 16 fighter aircraft in an unmanned mode Sqn Ldr Vijendra Thakur studied the possibility of Chinese Air Force utilising similar modification to their hordes of retired Migs.
The outcome is a surreal scenario. Maj Gen AK Chadha has ventured in to Cyberspace and looks at the military possibilities in this ‘No Man’s Land’ most comprehensively.
Our Special Correspondent has looked at two connected issues Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) and India’s Defence Industrial complex. Rear Adm AP Revi analyses the consequences of a depleting submarine fleet of the Indian Navy.
Priya Tyagi covers the latest defence news and Col Danvir Singh reports of his visit to France presenting the FREMM multi-mission Frigate by DCNS.
The Defence Budget is looked at intently to get the general emphasis of the government on security. Brig Gurmeet Kanwal has debated this lucidly. Maintaining a large standing armed force requires more than mere day-to-day support. An ill-equipped large force mired with equipment hollowness is not a guarantee for security but in a future war will be cannon fodder for the adversary. Someone will have to be held accountable to the nation for this debilitating lapse. Or take a conscious decision to reduce its size if this country cannot afford a well equipped large armed force!!! Preparing an armed force on a long-term basis requires a deeply considered perspective of its future role in the national security scheme and the road map for its implementation. The absence of a doctrine and the hesitation of establishing a single point of contact on all matters military have been well debated in this issue. Generals Harwant and Banerjee and Colonel Achutan look at the aspects of doctrine.
‘Make in India’ has been the didactic theme of this Government. It needs to be spelt out in clear terms and not left to the (mis-)interpretation of the bureaucracy. Make in India will be feasible only when the basic industrial manufacturing has notched up a number of counts and the manpower skills to go with it are matching. Currently it is more theoretical than implementable. The articles Dr Misra, Air Marshal Kukreja and Group Captain Noronha address these issues with particular reference to the aero-space industry.
Two articles relate to the major current event on PM Modi’s visit to China; the first is on Tibet and the second on the boundary issue. Cyber space is emerging the next frontier; Gen Davinder Kumar has generated an excellent discussion on the issue. Col Harjeet has looked at the implications of social media on security. As a first Claude Arpi has documented a diary highlighting prominent issues relating to China’s PLA in this first quarter. This will now be a regular feature in the print edition.Wishing all our readers a worthwhile professionally invigorating reading experience.
A fair number of our articles are devoted to analysing India’s Air Power. Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja has comprehensively dwelt on India’s present and future combat fleet. Drones as game changers are presented lucidly by S Gopal. Space is considered an adjunct to air power; Gp Capt AK Sachdev has analysed this aspect in relation to India’s space endeavours. IAF phased out its fleet of Canberra medium bombers in 1990. Was that a well considered decision taking into account India’s future growth as a regional and global power? The role of bombers in the air force is pithily argued by Sqn Ldr Vijainder Thakur. As aircraft exploit the air medium, air defence weapons aim to deny this freedom to aircraft and missiles. Air Marshal Anil Chopra brings forth the success of the ‘Iron Dome’ deployed by the Israelis and its role in protecting surface targets.
This issue also covers India’s ‘sub-conventional deficit’ by our special correspondent and the present state of insurgency in India’s North East region by Brig R Borthakur. Gen Vijay Oberoi has highlighted the need for a structural change in India’s higher defence management. Brig Deepak Sinha has raised the issue of India’s security strategy and doctrine being on divergent paths. Maj Gen AK Chadha has emphatically put forth the need for the military in the digitalised battle field to carve out its own ‘slice of space’ for operating successfully in such a future war scenario. Air Marshal Anil Chopra and Dr SN Misra have presented the efficacy of TOT and off sets and challenges before the defence industry. Mr Kanwal Sibal has critically assessed the evolving dynamics of Indo-US relations. Gen JS Lidder with his UN experience has looked at the need for enhancing the role of women in conflict zones. Claude Arpi has been a keen China watcher. He presents the current situation in the PLA consequent to the crackdown by the Chinese President Xi Jinping on the wide spread corruption in the Chinese PLA.The IDR has endeavoured through the range of articles to hold the interest of the serious reader of military affairs.
Same Country, Same Army, Same Enemy: But Now A Different Result - Lt Gen JS Bajwa (Editor)
INDIAN DEFENCE REVIEW COMMENT :
Multiple Origin Fleet: Complexities for the IAF - Air Marshal Anil Chopra
Army Aviation - the Arm of the Future? - Lt Gen BS Pawar
Spurring the Growth of Civil Aviation & Defence Aerospace in India - Sqn Ldr Vijainder K Thakur
Hegemonic Global Competition in the 21st Century - Lt Gen HPS Klair
South China Sea Imbroglio: PLA’S Grand Strategy of ‘Unrestricted Warfare’ - Maj Gen Rajiv Narayanan
India-China Relations: Any Way Forward? - Sumant Dhamija
Confronting Modern Air Threat - Maj Gen AK Mehra
Nicobar as an IAF base in the Indian Ocean: Strategic Asset or Liability? - Special Correspondent
BrahMos Missile in North-Eastern State: Is The Dragon Nervous? - Sumit Walia
Kashmiri Shops in Tourists Spots: Is there More than What Meets the Eye? - Sanjeev Nayyar
Mormugao in the Series of Indian Naval Destroyers - Danvir Singh
The Submarine Arm of the Indian Navy - Cmde Arun Kumar
Developing Stealth Technology: Lessons from the US Xst/F117 Programme - Prof Prodyut Das
Tiered Defence: Putting the Sam in Perspective - Lt Gen (Dr) VK Saxena
Scorpene Leak: Why the Navy Ought to Perturbed and not Paranoid - Cmde CP Srivastava
Its not Pakistan, its Kashmir...! - Alpana Kishore
Kashmir - Let the Truth be Told - Lt Gen JS Bajwa
Emerging threat of Grassroots Terrorism and Lone Wolf Actors in India - Dr V Balasubramaniyan
Insurgency in the Northeast: Is there Light at the End of the Tunnel? - Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal
Pakistan: Who Decides Next Army Chief - RSN Singh
Airborne Electronic Warfare: Silent Force Multiplier - Air Marshal Anil Chopra
Aerospace and Defence News - Priya Tyagi
Government’s New Defence Initiative: Committee of Experts - Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee
Implications of Terror Strike in Dhaka - Dr N Manoharan & Dr Bidanda Chengappa
Budgeting for Defence - Lt Gen Prakash Katoch
‘Deep Operations’ Theory: 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War - Col JK Achuthan
Surgical Strike: Would Pakistan have Learnt its Lesson? - Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja