Experts Speak

  • October 23, 2017
    Defence Minister's Diwali in Andaman & Nicobar Command
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's two day visit to the Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC), and spending Diwali with the troops and families was a nice gesture.

  • October 23, 2017
    Sham hostage rescue gets Pakistan kicked
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It is becoming quite apparent that the recent marathon nine-hour conference that Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistani army chief had with his corps commanders included plans how to continue befooling the US; aim being to convince the Americans that Pakistan was sincere in cooperating with them in fighting terrorism.

  • October 23, 2017
    Combating Drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On 13 October 2017, the Taliban claimed downing a US drone in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan.

  • October 23, 2017
    Swati Weapon Locating Radar - Good development
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As Pakistan plunges more into the dungeons of terrorism and toss morals and ethics aside, its military is targeting more and more villages in cross-border...

  • October 23, 2017
    Modular bunkers - Define priorities first
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to media reports the Army is looking for Lego-like modular, portable, bullet and blast-proof bunkers to replace stone-mud-log and steel shelters as it secures the nation's frontiers against China and Pakistan.

  • October 17, 2017
    Visit of James Mattis — And Indo-US Defence Cooperation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    US Secretary of Defence James Mattis arrived on a two-day visit at New Delhi on September 25 to hold talks with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. He is the first cabinet rank official under the Trump administration to visit India.

  • October 17, 2017
    The Rohingya Challenge
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The latest wave of Rohingya terrorist violence began on August 25, 2017, with multiple police and army posts targeted in Myanamr. According to one report in the early hours of August 25, 150 armed Rohingyas attacked 24 Police Stations and an Army Base in Mangdu district of Rakhine State of Myanmar that left 71 dead.

  • October 17, 2017
    The FICV Project — delayed inordinately
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Army's quest for the indigenous future infantry combat vehicle (FICV) is in the news again with the US offering India development and production of armoured...

  • October 17, 2017
    China’s Airborne Brigades
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the recent 15-day competition of the International Army Games 2017 held in China during July-August this year, Chinese airborne troops won first place in 11 of the 12 events, winning the overall championship in the platoon level airborne competition.

  • October 17, 2017
    Border Rejig, Infiltration and Terroristan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Recent media reports headlined 'Army changes tack, puts tanks at Akhnoor' describe deployment of tanks and armoured vehicles in Chammb-Jaurian sector of J&K that had witnessed pitched battles during 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars.

  • September 20, 2017
    Modi's Myanmar visit – And the Rohingya issue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Myanmar on September 5 for a two–day visit on his way back from the 9th BRICS Summit at Xiamen in China.

  • September 20, 2017
    Border infrastructure – Execution is the key
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Doklam standoff has brought into focus once again the poor infrastructure that India has. As on date, only 27 roads' (963-km) of the 73 strategic roads approved for construction (totaling (4,643-km) along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) over 15 years ago have been completed.

  • September 20, 2017
    Parrying ToT – US Defence firms spoof Make in India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It is well known that US firms Lockheed Martin and Boeing are bidding to enter the 'Make in India' initiative for supplying combat jets and military equipment to India.

  • September 20, 2017
    Indo-Japanese Strategic Partnership boosted
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indo-Japanese relations have always been special. Even during the recent Doklam standoff, it was Japan's envoy to India Kenji Hiramatsu who said there should be no attempt to change the status quo on the ground by force; categorizing the crisis...

  • September 20, 2017
    Wonder Gun ATAGS – And charge of importomania
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The DRDO-indigenous private industry Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) has arrived on the scene with a bang. The ATAGS is a 155mm, 52-calibre gun-howitzer being developed on two parallel tracks – one prototype in partnership with Tata Power (Strategic Engineering Division) and another with Bharat Forge.

  • September 20, 2017
    Indo-Russian defence ties – Waning is misnomer
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Even as the armies of India and US are engaged in joint military two-week exercise 'Yudh Abhyas 2017' to hone their skills in counter insurgency and counter terror operations under a joint brigade headquarters at a military base in Washington...

  • September 13, 2017
    No Nonsense Approach of the New Defence Minister
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    So while the enthusiasm of the Defence Minister to interact with the Service Chiefs is most welcome and is praiseworthy, we recommend that she should pay more attention to the Department of Defence Production, the Ordnance Factory Board...

  • September 12, 2017
    Various challenges facing the new Defence Minister
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Mrs Sitharaman holding independent charge of Ministry of Commerce & Industry did have an overview of the pathetic state of equipping of the military; the chapter on defence on official website of Ministry of Commerce & Industry in 2014...

  • September 4, 2017
    Lady at the Helm of Affairs
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The challenges before the new Minister of Defence are formidable. Given her track record, the Indian armed forces are full of hope for better days ahead!

  • September 4, 2017
    Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman as Raksha Mantri
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    Appointment of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday, September 03, 2017 as the Defence Minister of India was welcomed as a refreshing news.

  • September 4, 2017
    New Defence Minister
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman has been appointed as the next Defence Minister. She is not the first lady holding this appointment since Indira Gandhi also held this portfolio, same as Sheikh Hasina in Bangladesh Today. But she certainly is the first 'full-time' lady Defence Minister of India.

  • September 4, 2017
    President Trump's Af-Pak Policy
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan's has been playing the double game successfully all these years despite US and NATO military commanders in Afghanistan pointing out what the ground situation was; implying terrorist sanctuaries inside Pakistan must be destroyed.

  • September 4, 2017
    Visit of Nepalese PM amidst Doklam standoff
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's four-day visit to India commencing August 23 was his first foreign visit since assuming office in June 2017.

  • September 4, 2017
    Selective Military Reforms – Why not holistic?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Based on recommendations of the government-appointed Lt Gen D B Shekatkar Committee "Enhancing Combat Capability and Rebalancing Defence Expenditure of the Armed Forces", government has approved 65 of the 188 Committee recommendations mainly pertain to Army that included redeploying 57,000 personnel.

  • September 4, 2017
    Ignoring the Foot Soldier – Chronic malady
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to media reports, the Army is slated to get the advanced medium-range-surface to air missile (MRSAM) capable of shooting down ballistic missiles, fighter jets...

  • September 4, 2017
    Doklam Pullback – Advantage Modi
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is no doubt that the simultaneous pullback from the Doklam standoff by the Indian Military and the PLA is advantage Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Asia Times aptly summed up what India resolutely conveyed to China, "What's certainly clear is that India has no appetite for being pushed around by its increasingly hegemonic neighbor (China)".

  • August 22, 2017
    The Doklam Standoff
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd.)

    In all cases of boundary disputes between two countries, the sticking points evolve on the basis of historical records and differing perceptions of the boundary lines because of the inaccuracies of the old surveys and/or the mental conditionings of the people...

  • August 21, 2017
    Army to optimise robots
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports, MoD has approved a proposal put up by the Army to "build indigenous robots" that are designed to deliver ammunition at targeted locations.

  • August 21, 2017
    Army's BSS – Still hiccupping
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Battlefield surveillance relates to the ability to obtain real or near-real time all weather picture of battle space. This encompasses human intelligence (HUMINT), technology related imagery intelligence (IMINT) and signal or communication intelligence (SIGINT) together with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

  • August 21, 2017
    Apaches for Army Aviation – Long overdue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In September 2015, India had signed a deal for procuring 22 Apache helicopters from the US at the cost of Rs 13,952 crore for the IAF. Following this, the Army had sought government approval for acquiring 11 Apache helicopters as as "a follow-on contract".

  • August 21, 2017
    The Tank Biathlon fiasco – Need for introspection
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Naturally there was great euphoria when during the run up to the semifinal for the recent Tank Biathlon held at the 2017 International Army Games at the Alabino Range training ground outside Moscow, where the Indian team performed exceedingly...

  • August 21, 2017
    The Doklam spill
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Never had one heard of any military in the world stooping so low as to indulge in stone-pelting.

  • August 21, 2017
    Indo-US Defence Cooperation – Geostrategic elevation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The US Departments of Defence (DoD) and State Department, in a recent joint report to their Congress, said, "We see a growing convergence with India on our strategic outlook for the region, and we view India as an increasingly important regional security partner within and beyond the Indo-Asia-Pacific region."

  • August 11, 2017
    Confronting the Dragon
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The need of the hour is for the Indian armed forces to be prepared to meet with the challenges of a two-front war in the worst case scenario.

  • Issue 3 - 2017
    Theatre Commands - Long Overdue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The functioning of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) has, to date, revealed serious weaknesses in its ability to provide single point military advice to the government, and resolve substantive inter-Service doctrinal, planning, policy and operational issues adequately.

  • August 10, 2017
    Enhancement of Defence Budget 2017-18
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd.)

    A few days ago there was a report in the media regarding non-availability of certain categories of ammunition which was causing great concern among the Services...

  • August 10, 2017
    Pakistan – in US terror spotlight
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The US has listed Pakistan among the nations providing "safe havens" to terrorists, saying terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and JeM continued to operate, train, organize and fundraise inside the country.

  • August 10, 2017
    Switching military uniforms to Khadi would be retrograde
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to a media reports, the Khadi Villages Industries Commission (KVIC) had requested the Armed Forces to consider using Khadi uniforms for security personnel, and the Ministry of Defence has sent specifications of military uniforms to the KVIC.

  • August 10, 2017
    Additional defence allocation of Rs 20,000 crore will only bridge partial criticalities
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports, the MoD has sought an "urgent" additional allotment of Rs 20,000 crore for combat readiness of Armed Forces.

  • August 10, 2017
    First indigenous unmanned tank
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In 2006, it was announced that India will be pursuing technologies for developing a robotic army.

  • August 10, 2017
    UAV swarming – Needs focus
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Coinciding with China's military parade to mark the 90th birthday of the Peoples Liberation Army, China's first batch of unmanned aerial vehicles conducted live fire drills.

  • July 31, 2017
    Beyond the 18th Vijay Diwas
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    The 18th Vjay Diwas will be celebrated with the usual aplomb on July 26; wreath laying, homage and tributes to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in evicting the treacherous enemy.

  • July 31, 2017
    Terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims – What beyond?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    The dastardly terrorist attack on the bus carrying 60 Amarnath pilgrims returning post visiting the cave on July 10 indicates more terror in the offing, requiring ramped up security and adherence to rules of movement.

  • July 31, 2017
    CPEC – China's yokel of terror
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    According to Pakistani media, there was a major attack on Pakistan Navy at Jiwani in Gwadar on June 19 when four gunmen on two bikes ambushed a vehicle of navy officers when they were on a routine round. The attackers opened indiscriminate fire killing one officer and wounding five.

  • July 31, 2017
    Souring Iran-Pakistan relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    The decline in Iran-Pakistan relations is continuing, the major reason being the same as in India-Pakistan and Afghanistan-Pakistan relations; Pakistan sponsored terrorism. In May this year, Iran warned Pakistan that it would hit terrorist safe havens inside Pakistan if the Pakistani Government does not confront militants who carry out cross-border attacks.

  • July 31, 2017
    Special Operations Division
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    At the recent two day Unified Commanders' Conference held on 10-11 July, Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra apprised the audience that the Defence Cyber & Space Agencies and Special Operations Division (SOD) will soon become a reality.

  • July 13, 2017
    Full Financial Powers to Vice-Chief of the Army Staff to Maintain Combat-Readiness
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    Considering the prevailing threats across the Line of Control (LoC) against Pakistan...

  • July 7, 2017
    PM Modi's Historic Visit to Israel
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    Prime Minister Modi's visit to Israel from July 4 to July 6 was historic being the first Prime Minister of India to visit Israel. If the Israeli paper 'Marker' wrote on June 28 "Wake up: the most important PM of the world is coming", Modi's visit...

  • July 7, 2017
    Defined Strategic Partnership boosting Make in India – but much work remains
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    Defining the 'Strategic Partnership' (SP) took some 18 months after the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2016 was released. The private industry that had been waiting with baited breath, responded immediately.

  • July 7, 2017
    Why are Kashmiris killing Their Own?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    It was in August 2016 that Asim Umar, chief of Al Qaeda's South Asia branch (AQIS) gave the call for Indian Muslims to rise and carry out lone wolf attacks in India particularly targeting IPS and IAS officers. Shaped in radicalized seminaries and madrassas of Pakistan, he is tasked for terrorism from Afghanistan to Myanmar. His mother organization HUJI ran branches in Kashmir and Myanmar, so Ayaman Zawahri feels he can deliver.

  • July 7, 2017
    Another ISRO Milestone – more to follow
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    As the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket's XL variant lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota at 9.29 AM on June 23, carrying earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites...

  • July 7, 2017
    India-China Standoff – deliberate Chinese move
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    On June 20, Bhutan served a demarche to China against the Chinese arbitrary action of constructing a road the Doklam Plateau, which is property of the King of Bhutan. The demarche, a formal statement, was served through the Chinese embassy in Delhi on June 20 since Bhutan and China do not have diplomatic relations.

  • July 7, 2017
    Chahabar – and US-Iran tensions
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    The trilateral engagement between India, Iran and Afghanistan during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Iran in May 2016 was historic, expanding avenues of trade for India with Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and Russia through the International North South Transportation Corridor (INSTC).

  • June 30, 2017
    A Historic Meeting
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The historic meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump is expected to propel the relationship between India and the US to greater heights.

  • June 29, 2017
    Modi-Trump Meet – amidst Modi's 3-Nation Tour
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Donald Trump on June 26. Modi's US trip starting June 25 was part of his three-nation tour commencing with Portugal.

  • June 23, 2017
    New Indigenous Bullet Proof Jacket for Forces
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    In an article titled 'Bullet Resistant Vests' in April this year, it was reported in these columns that Amrita University, Coimbatore is offering highly advanced technology bullet proof jackets (BPJs) and the proposal titled "Development of Hyper Velocity...

  • June 23, 2017
    Trial of another Assault Rifle – and the missing carbine
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    Media had reported in July 2016 that the Army had junked DRDO's 5.56mm Excalibur assault rifle. Resultantly, Army's quest for a state-of-the-art assault rifles was extended – fresh equipping taking minimum seven-eight years as per informed...

  • June 23, 2017
    QCG - flogging the dead horse?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd.)

    The Pakistani media is upbeat with the news that Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to continue with the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) established for talks with the Taliban in order to bring them into the reconciliation process. Obviously, Pakistan wanted to show some sort of diplomatic 'victory' after Chinese President Xi Jinping snubbed Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by not granting him te customary meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Kazakhstan...

  • June 8, 2017
    Indian Army in Limelight
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    The Indian Army continues to be an institution that is loved and respected by the nation and its people. Let us not drag this fine institution in to politics and controversy.

  • June 8, 2017
    PM Modi's 4-nation tour
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Before Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his four nation tour to Germany, Spain, Russia and France on May 29, it was reported that his main focus would be bilateral cooperation on economic (in backdrop of India having passed GST Bill and record FDI inflows of $43.5 billion during 2016-17), defence, science and technology, and nuclear fronts, parleys on EU-India Free Trade Agreement, and fight against terror.

  • June 8, 2017
    Army Division to Afghanistan – hoax or perception building?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Word by word Identical reports from Washington, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are talking about India planning to send 15,000 troops to Afghanistan – as is a press release has been issued by someone.

  • June 8, 2017
    Pakistan's info war
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Why Pakistan's information war succeeds in India is not only because of exploitation of communications and social media and is using the religious card in Kashmir Valley, but it also has a cross-section of pro-Pakistan lobby in India. After some Hurriyat leaders openly admitted to have taken money from Pakistan to stoke unrest in Kashmir Valley, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided 26 places across Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana, recovering letterheads of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), laptops, mobile phones...

  • June 8, 2017
    DGQA – Knotted within and insensitive to troops
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports over 16,000 GPS units purchased for the Army are lying idle in the Central Ordnance Depot at Agra, reportedly on grounds of 'quality concerns'. This has been the state for over one year despite Rs 28 crores spent on their purchase, since the Army cannot use them until a final quality assurance is given.

  • June 8, 2017
    Another giant leap with GSLV Mk III
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    When India fired the high thrust cryogenic engine CE-20 launching GSLV Mk-III in its first experimental flight from Sriharikota on june 5, it was a monumental leap drawing the curtain on what the US sanctions prevented ISRO from doing in 2003, even as the US seeks strong ties with India in wake of all round Chinese aggression.

  • May 30, 2017
    Strategic Partnership Model – Game changer?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On May 20, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley finalized the broad contours of the Strategic Partnership (SP) policy.

  • May 30, 2017
    New Defence Procurement Organization
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to recent media reports, government is mulling setting up a new autonomous organization, 'Defence Procurement Organization' (DPO), to be created within the MoD to deal exclusively with procurement for the Armed Forces as recommended by a committee headed by Dr Pritam Singh, former Director of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow.

  • May 30, 2017
    Ransomware – Beware!
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    WannaCry or WannaCry 2.0 the ransomware that struck globally some 150 countries last month affected some 200,000 PCs worldwide. India was the third hardest hit county with close to 50,000 PCs affected.

  • May 30, 2017
    Empowering DIPP – or weakening defence?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Considerable confusion prevails about whether the proposed Defence Procurement Organization (DPO), as a follow up to the Dr Pritam Singh Committee recommendations, is to be 'all encompassing' in matters of defence procurement, which it actually should be. But this confusion appears to have been compounded through a recent notification (Notification S.O. 1636 (E) dated 19.05.2017 of Ministry of Home Affairs) vide which the power to issue licenses for the manufacture...

  • May 30, 2017
    Next level Cyber War
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The news about IAF's Sukhoi SU-30 gone missing near India-China border has been making headlines. The Sukhoi had taken off on a routine training mission on 23 May 2017 when radar, radio contact was lost roughly 60 km north of Tezpur air force base in Assam.

  • May 25, 2017
    Defence modernisation in three years of NDA rule
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The three services had suffered prolonged neglect in respect of modernisation in the period 2004 to 2014 owing to a number of factors.

  • May 24, 2017
    NDA's achievements in defence sector in three years
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    The Modi government which completes three years on 26 May 2017 is planning to celebrate their achievements by putting out a report card giving out statistics of their achievements in the last three years of NDAs governance.

  • May 24, 2017
    Defence in 3 years under NDA II
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On May 26, 2017 the NDA II government completed three years in office. Last three years have seen India rising in economic strength and making way for greater say on the world stage.

  • May 20, 2017
    M777 howitzers finally debut India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In what is being described as "laying the Bofors ghost to rest", the first two M777 howitzer guns manufactured by BAE System of USA arrived in India and...

  • May 20, 2017
    US nudges Pakistan — Wee bit only
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The US National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has blamed Pakistan for deteriorating India-Pak relations and warned that the ties might worsen further if another "high- profile" terrorist attack emanates from across the border this year.

  • May 20, 2017
    Beyond ICJ ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The unanimous verdict by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) staying the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Yadav was on expected lines because Pakistan had violated India's right, provided under the Vienna...

  • May 20, 2017
    North Korea — Rogue supported by rogue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As North Korea carried out another ballistic missile test, shortly after President Moon Jae-in took office in South Korea, US President Donald Trump called for "stronger sanctions" against North Korea, while China is urged restraint.

  • May 20, 2017
    PM Modi's Sri Lanka visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    When Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe came to India on a 5-day visit in April 2017, he had reiterated the invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for visiting Sri Lanka on occasion of Vesak Day celebrations commencing...

  • May 20, 2017
    New counter-Maoist strategy — Why it is regressive?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The twin Maoists attacks in Sukma on March 11 on a 110-strong CRPF column) and on April 24 on a 99-strong CRPF column, inflicted massive casualties on the CRPF; 36 killed and 12 injured, besides loss of 34 weapons...

  • May 19, 2017
    Phased Induction of M777 155mm Ultra Light Howitzers in the Indian Army
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    As part of its massive artillery modernisation plan, the army had planned to induct several types of howitzers through in-house manufacture by Defence Research...

  • May 18, 2017
    Expediting Defence Procurements
    By Ranjit Kumar

    India's defence acquisition framework is considered to be one of the most cumbersome, time consuming, complex and fraught with uncertainties.

  • May 15, 2017
    Strategic partnership policy — Needs speedy conclusion
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    When Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2016 was released by the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Defexpo 2016, it was without few appendices, which were added later.

  • May 12, 2017
    Countering Maoists — Serious review required
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Post the ghastly Maoist ambush at Sukma on April 24, killing 24 CRPF personnel and injuring seven (of 99-strong CRPF column), a Gazette notification...

  • May 12, 2017
    GSAT-09 — Modi's gift to South Asia
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    GSAT-09 or SAS (South Asia Satellite) is the latest technological move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for integrating South Asia, a resolve he had shown at the swearing in of his government by inviting all SAARC leaders, including Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan.

  • May 12, 2017
    Another beheading by Pak Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A press release on May 1 by Army's HQ Northern Command read, "Pak Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the line of control in Krishna Ghati Sector.

  • May 12, 2017
    ICJ reprieve for Kulbhushan Jadhav
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The reprieve obtained by India for Kulbhushan Yadav from the International Court of justice (ICJ) is a diplomatic victory. This is all the more special because the ICJ deals with international law involving states and not individual cases.

  • May 12, 2017
    'Negative' defence budget — Goes more negative
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The relationship between economy and defence is that both are dependent on each other. Defence cannot be strong without good economy...

  • April 25, 2017
    PM Modi's Israel visit — Expectations?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel on July 5-6 this year, first by any Indian Prime Minster will be a historic event of extraordinary proportions since...

  • April 25, 2017
    Another joint doctrine — But who will implement?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media is agog with headlines of "New defence doctrine to ensure Army, Navy, IAF can tackle entire spectrum of conflicts".

  • April 25, 2017
    Kamov helicopters — Finally through?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In March 2017, media reported that the Indo-Russian Kamov helicopter deal had hit a hurdle, pricing and technology transfer being main issues.

  • April 25, 2017
    Pakistan's 'Jadhav' sentencing — Rotten to the core
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A press release of April 10 by Pakistan's notorious ISPR said that Kulbhushan Jadhav arrested from Balochistan on March 3, 2016 for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan was tried by FGCM under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Section 3 of Official Secrets...

  • April 25, 2017
    Increased violence in Kashmir — And the enemy within
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The increased violence in Kashmir Valley doesn't appear to have been as seriously as warranted, especially the institutionalized radicalization...

  • April 13, 2017
    Indo-Bangla relations at all time high — Teesta should be next step
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The four day visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (April 7-10) has taken Indo-Bangladesh relations to an all time high. Just before her visit...

  • April 13, 2017
    Cyber war — Where are we?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Cyber attacks in India have been on the rise over the years, particularly against government sites and Indian missions abroad despite several layers of security measures in place to protect against intrusions.

  • April 13, 2017
    ISIS menace — Caution time ahead
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Bhopal-Ujjain train blast on March 7, 2017 injuring nine people is being heralded as the first strike by the Islamic State in India. It has now emerged that the members of this module inspired by ISIS, led by self-styled 'emir' Atif Muzaffar, had crisscrossed the country between February 2016...

  • April 13, 2017
    The border infrastructure mess
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Parliamentary Committee for Defence has been rapping the government for its lackadaisical approach to defence, however, this time it is the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) who has pulled up the Border Roads Organisation...

  • April 13, 2017
    Bullet Resistant Vests
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India has been fighting cross-border proxy wars, terrorism and insurgencies past three decades plus. The requirement of bullet proof jackets (BPJs) for every security forces fighter operating in counter insurgency and counter terrorist...

  • April 13, 2017
    Maoists violence — Far from over
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On March 10, 2017 an article titled 'Is It the End of the Road for Maoists?' appeared in the media. The author post visiting the areas of Jagargunda, Sukma, Dornapal, justified the title of the article on grounds that included...

  • March 14, 2017
    Visit of Bangladesh PM - expectations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Coming up next month in April is the all important visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh to India.

  • Pakistan — Defiant Frankenstein
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    By admitting that the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack was carried out by Pakistan based terror group but that the Pakistani government had no role in it, former Pakistan National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani has managed to hit headlines while keeping himself safe.

  • Special Forces — efforts to bridge equipment voids
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media is agog with news "Army on shopping spree, commandos to get deadlier", reporting that after the successful 'surgical strikes', MoD is fast-tracking some...

  • Military Modernization Kaput — and the curse of committees
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence has slammed the...

  • QCG and the six plus one
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) comprising the US, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan aimed to bring the Taliban on board to join...

  • Of Grenade Lobbing Robots — and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As the battle for Mosul continues, the ISIS fights on with new technology. Tiny surveillance drones are employed to observe and report movement and positions of the attacking forces.

  • Indigenous LCH — good strides
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India's indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), was a star attraction at the Aero India 2017...

  • Pakistan's Change of Heart — recurring utopia
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    When news came that Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Pakistani army chief had told his officers that they should read how the Indian democracy had succeeded, media at home went gaga as usual, with many utopians forecasting 'change of heart' in Pakistan, little realizing that Bajwa is from the same crop as Zia, Musharraf and Co. And lo and behold, some terror blowback in Pakistan and Bajwa plays...

  • Remov AFSPA — periodic punchline
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There are frequent calls in insurgency affected areas for removal or dilution of the Armed Forces Special Power Act. Such calls are periodic in J&K and Manipur. It is also a election issue in Manipur this year, particularly by the People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) floated by Chanu Sharmila who has been demanding repealing of AFSPA for past 16 years.