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OROP and 7th CPC – Course Correction Required

It is quite apparent that civil-military relations have reached the lowest ebb with the military sick of being sidelined and continuously denigrated. A high point was the Service Chiefs issuing letters that the 7th CPC will not be implemented till the anomalies pointed out by the military are addressed...
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Visit of Nepalese PM – Resetting friendly ties

The recent four day visit of Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi commencing September 15 has helped in resetting Indo-Nepalese ties and dispel the unease of the past few months.
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PM Modi’s Vietnam visit

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Vietnam on September 2-3 was special not only because Vietnam is India’s strategic partner and an important pillar of India’s Act East Policy, but also because it came at time of mounting tensions...
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LEMOA, Balochistan and Chinese infirmities

A day after India and US signed the LEMOA during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s three-day visit to the US commencing August 29...
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Indo-Myanmar Construct – good signs

In March this year, Myanmar got a democratically elected government after 57 years of military rule. On March 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated U Htin Kyaw on being elected as the first civilian President of Myanmar...
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Missing Targets – bane of DRDO

Defence generally remains in the news in India for valid reasons. It was reported recently that the government procured Rs 76,000 crores of defence equipment during 2015-2016. Of course this figure does not reflect what percentage of equipment deficiency of the forces was met by this expenditure, especially in the critical segment.
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Strengthening West Asian Ties

The recent visit to Lebanon, Syria and Iraq from August 17 - 23 by MoS External Affairs MJ Akbar has strengthened India’s ties with these countries...
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Triple whammy for Indian bureaucracy

If one hallmark of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to India was targeting Pakistan for exporting terrorism, the second was Kerry lambasting the Indian bureaucracy, the joke circulating on social media being that both...
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Kerry’s Visit: India, US Focus on Pak Terror

Deliberations during the recent visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry is being hailed for delivering a blunt message to Pakistan, not to distinguish between good and bad terrorists...
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Signing LEMOA – and RM’s US visit

During his three-day visit to the US commencing August 29, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, India and US are slated to conclude the logistics...
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Indo-Nepalese Relations – new phase begins

Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as ‘Prachanda’, was sworn in as Nepal’s 39th Prime Minister on August 4, 2016 after the CPN-Maoists party withdrew support to the Khadga Prasad Oli government.
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More Chinese Bullying

In a humorous twist of events China, a country that shows focused intent of all around aggression in a bid to become a Great Power, has warned India against deploying BrahMos cruise in Arunachal Pradesh.
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Treasure Troves of PSUs – something amiss?

How many more shocks Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will suffer at the hands of his bureaucrats, shocking the public in turn is anyone’s guess. In March 2015, he made a startling announcement that India was paying the US Department of Defence (DoD) for new weaponry, even though US$ 3 billion...
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China: self-appointed NSG Policeman caught cheating

China, the self proclaimed Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) policeman has been caught, what may be described as with her pants down, violating NSG rules herself.
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ISIS Threat – don’t take it lightly

Creeping of the radical Wahabi-Salafi culture overtaking the Sufi culture and Kashmiriyat of Srinagar Valley has been a slow but steady affair facilitated by misadministration, corruption, politico-terrorist nexus and intransigence, which lead to the volatile situation of today.
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RM’s Independence Day eve broadcast – just routine

Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar’s customary message to the Armed Forces on the eve of the 70th Independence Day was broadcast over All India Radio.
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Narrowing the Seas: Security Ramifications of the SCS Verdict

There’s an aspect of China’s seeking to acquire dominance in the South China Sea that the verdict on July 11, 2016, by the International Court of Arbitration at the Hague, did nothing to address and, which difficult military problem...
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SAARC Home Ministers Meet – Pakistan’s prodigal bash

Turbulence at the recent 7th SAARC Home and Interior Ministers Conference was but expected simply because it was being hosted by Pakistan...
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DPP – private sector awaits fair share

If anyone were to ask whether the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) has been enunciated, the answer would be yes, but partially.
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Non Lethal Weapons – and the pellet gun furor

Home Minister told the Lok Sabha recently that government is appointing a committee to recommend alternative non-lethal weapons (NLWs) and that the committee is to submit its recommendations in two months time.
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AFSPA – SC ruling reignites debate

Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and its removal come up periodically amongst protests and hot debates. The Act, which provides extraordinary powers of force to soldiers deployed in disturbed areas, has long been a bone of contention between human rights activists...
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Developments in terrorist activities in India

If one were to look at developments in terrorist activities in India, it is obvious that one should look at J&K given the current situation. The killing of Burhan Wani was just a trigger but the phenomenon of mobs consistently attacking police stations and indulging in violence and stone throwing hardly transformed overnight.
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Visit of Japanese Defence Minister boosts ties

Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani’s recent visit to India came post Malabar 2016 held in Western Pacific recently, in which Indian, Japanese and US Navies participated.
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Burhan Wani killed – ISI stoking fires

With the killing of Burhan Wani, Pakistan was waiting to stoke the fires in Kashmir. Most ironically by default or design, the Mehbooba Mufti led J&K government played into the ISI’s hands.
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Dhaka’s 26/11 – future portends

On the night of July 1, 21:20 hours local time, seven terrorists (all Bangladeshi citizens) armed with assault rifles, bombs and a sword attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery-cum-Café in the Gulshan area close to in the diplomatic enclave of Dhaka, Bangladesh firing indiscriminately, lobbing bombs, taking hostages...
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New MR SAM – beefing air defence

On June 30, India successfully test-fired a new surface-to-air missile, developed jointly with Israel, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, of the Odisha coast. Apart from the missile, the system includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile.
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DCN Unveiled – but how to Talk?

Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar dedicated the Defence Communication Network (DCN) to the nation on July 1, 2016.
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Excalibur Dumped – Army’s assault rifle hunt goes on

As per media reports, the Army has junked DRDO’s 5.56mm Excalibur assault rifle. Resultantly, Army’s quest for a state-of-the-art assault rifles...
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K9 Vajra-T: maiden private sector artillery

K9 Vajra-T is an indigenized version of the Samsung mobile howitzer, which is the maiden artillery gun venture of India’s private sector.
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100% FDI in Defence is good move

Government has announced that FDI in the Defence Sector is permitted to 100% level. Till now, the FDI regime permitted 49% FDI participation in the equity of a company under automatic route.
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Coping with Drone Terror

With two Interpol red corner notices ticked under his belt and well protected in Pakistan despite being the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed recently threatened, “If any drone attack takes place against Pakistan from Indian bases, we have enough drones for whole India”...
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DPP 2016 uploaded – what is new

On 8 June 2016, MoD uploaded on its website the DPP 2016 Chapters I to VI including Appendices and Annexures.
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Defence Procurement – foreign firms allowed agents

Under the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2016, issued on 8th June 2016, foreign entities have been allowed to engage agents for defence deals under a strict set of conditions, which includes giving defence ministry access...
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NSG – India on cusp of membership

The preliminary technical meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in Vienna on June 9 discussed the new applications from India, Pakistan and Namibia.
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MTCR – Gateway to Nuclear Suppliers Group

Established in April 1987 by G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain and the USA), the Missile Technology Control Regime...
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Defence Exports – looking ahead

According to Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) annual report, the defence public sector untertakings (DPSUs), Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and...
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DRDO – In news for wrong reasons again

The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is again in the news because of wrong reasons.
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BrahMos to Vietnam: Why is China bellyaching?

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s recent visit to Singapore, including attending the Shangri-La Dialogues further enhanced the revised Defence Cooperation Agreement 2015 and India-Singapore Joint Declaration...
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Dilemma of Defence Spending

A report of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence stated that the enhancement in the Defence Budget for the year 2016-17 over the previous year, was meagre and insufficient.
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Are Our Politicians Losing Interest in India's Defence?

The Standing Committee on Defence, headed by BJP member Major General BC Khanduri, has recently conveyed to the Parliament that the 'growth in the budgetary allocation for defence is not sufficient and woefully inadequate for modernisation.'
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FDI in Defence – remains elusive

In a written reply given to the Parliament in response to a question about FDI in defence, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, "The actual flow of foreign...
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Hi-tech Border Fence – Good, but not enough by itself

As reported in the media, government has approved the establishment of a 'Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System' (CIBMS) for 24x7x365...
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Draft Map Policy – What about defence and security?

The MHA has released the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016, which open to public for comments till June 03.
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Shangri-La Dialogue – Sending Defence Minister is good

As per media reports, Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar will address the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) scheduled in Singapore in first week June.
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Indo-Nepal Relations – Something going amiss

Before his recent six-day visit to India, Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at one stage had blamed India saying his dream to develop the Himalayan nation as "vibrant" had been shattered by the "embargo imposed by India".
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Defence Spending – Faux pas in MoD

AK Anthony during his decade long tenure as defence minister maintained that budget allocations were more than adequate and more money could always be made available.
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Army conducts Exercise Shatrujeet to validate strike capability

Exercise Shatrujeet is an operational oriented exercise which is focused on validating integrated theatre battle concepts incorporating new age technologies...
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DPP 2016 – the long and short of it

DPP 2016 was released by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 28 March 2016 coinciding with the inauguration of DefExpo 2016 in Goa – showing how much Indian Defence has haphazardly progressed.
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Mini Air Vehicles – will army get them soon?

In August last year the Army had issued a request for information (RFI) for 600 mini aerial vehicles (MAVs).
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Nuclear Security Summit – and the ground realities

While President Obama talked of “one of the greatest threats to global security — terrorists getting their hands on a weapon of mass destruction” at the two-day Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) held in Washington recently...
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Protecting Masood Azhar – China bares fangs

By blocking the move by the United Nations to act against Masood Azhar, JeM chief, for his terrorist activities and masterminding the terrorist attack on the IAF base at Patahnkot on January 2, China has unambiguously declared that it sides with Pakistan in latter’s anti-India terrorist activities.
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Modi’s Saudi Arabia Visit – countering terrorism and more

What perhaps went unnoticed was that as a prelude to Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the US treasury department announced it had joined hands with Saudi Arabia for joint action to disrupt the fundraising and support networks...
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Indo-US Defence Ties

India and the US share strategic objectives and one area in which in there is positive convergence between the two nations is the rising threat from China.
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Indo-US Military Ties Deepening – but so are US-Pakistan

Writing in the Washington Post on March 3, Dan Lamothe in an article titled ‘The US And India Are Deepening Military Ties - And China Is Watching’ has referred to Admiral Harry B Harris Jr, US Pacific Command urging India to pursue...
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Defence Budget 2016-2017

Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar chaired a Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting on February 22, holding that arms acquisition proposals worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore were cleared by the NDA government...
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Visit of PM Oli – restoring goodwill

Make in India is in the air including in the defence sector, with big ticket projects on the anvil. Senior defence officials of foreign countries are making a beeline for India, with US Defence Secretary too slated to visit India this April. This because India that has remained the largest arms importer in the period 2011-2015...
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Big Ticket Make in India - in defence

Make in India is in the air including in the defence sector, with big ticket projects on the anvil. Senior defence officials of foreign countries are making a beeline for India, with US Defence Secretary too slated to visit India this April.
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Special Operations Command – needed urgently

Amidst numerous recommendation of the Naresh Chandra Committee, one was establishment of a Special Operations Command. India has been combating proxy wars for over past three decades.
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Pathankot, Pampore – and Indo-Pak talks

Just as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar accused Pakistan of “pretending to sleep” and not being serious about the probe into the Pathankot airbase terror attack, came the terrorist attack in Pampore where this time four heavily armed terrorists holed up in a multi-storey government building that led to an encounter lasting almost 48 hours.
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Passenger Drone – new platform for terror?

Intelligence reports of Pakistani terrorists using drones for terrorist attacks against India have been on for past two years. It may be recalled that in January 2015, a drone crashed on the White House grounds, raising questions...
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Spectrum Woes – ignoring military requirements

Developing India requires loads of money and spectrum sure is lot of money. As per media Rs 469,000 crore (US $70 billion) worth upcoming spectrum sale around March 2016 is likely to hit Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India...
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C4I2SR – is this getting adequate attention?

The increasing importance C4I2SR is unquestionable. Battlefield requirements have changed with long range precision weapons, increased lethality and high mobility. Space and cyberspace have added new dimensions.
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