Experts Speak

  • Coping with Drone Terror
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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"...

  • DPP 2016 uploaded — what is new
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On 8 June 2016, MoD uploaded on its website the DPP 2016 Chapters I to VI including Appendices and Annexures.

  • Defence Procurement — foreign firms allowed agents
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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...

  • NSG — India on cusp of membership
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

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

  • MTCR — Gateway to Nuclear Suppliers Group
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

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

  • Defence Exports — looking ahead
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to Ministry of Defence's (MoD) annual report, the defence public sector untertakings (DPSUs), Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and...

  • DRDO — In news for wrong reasons again
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is again in the news because of wrong reasons.

  • BrahMos to Vietnam: Why is China bellyaching?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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...

  • Dilemma of Defence Spending
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    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.

  • Are Our Politicians Losing Interest in India's Defence?
    By General V.P. Malik (Retd)

    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.'

  • FDI in Defence — remains elusive
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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...

  • Hi-tech Border Fence — Good, but not enough by itself
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As reported in the media, government has approved the establishment of a 'Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System' (CIBMS) for 24x7x365...

  • Draft Map Policy — What about defence and security?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The MHA has released the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016, which open to public for comments till June 03.

  • Shangri-La Dialogue — Sending Defence Minister is good
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports, Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar will address the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) scheduled in Singapore in first week June.

  • Indo-Nepal Relations — Something going amiss
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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".

  • Defence Spending — Faux pas in MoD
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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.

  • Army conducts Exercise Shatrujeet to validate strike capability
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    Exercise Shatrujeet is an operational oriented exercise which is focused on validating integrated theatre battle concepts incorporating new age technologies...

  • DPP 2016 — the long and short of it
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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.

  • Mini Air Vehicles — will army get them soon?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In August last year the Army had issued a request for information (RFI) for 600 mini aerial vehicles (MAVs).

  • Nuclear Security Summit — and the ground realities
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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...

  • Protecting Masood Azhar — China bares fangs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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.

  • Modi's Saudi Arabia Visit — countering terrorism and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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...

  • Indo-US Defence Ties
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    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.

  • Indo-US Military Ties Deepening — but so are US-Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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...

  • Defence Budget 2016-2017
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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...

  • Visit of PM Oli — restoring goodwill
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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...

  • Big Ticket Make in India - in defence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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.

  • Special Operations Command — needed urgently
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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.

  • Pathankot, Pampore — and Indo-Pak talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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.

  • Passenger Drone — new platform for terror?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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...

  • Spectrum Woes — ignoring military requirements
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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...

  • C4I2SR — is this getting adequate attention?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    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.

  • Technology Vision 2035 — what about defence?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) under the Ministry of Science & Technology has come out with 'Technology Vision 2035,' identifying the challenges ahead and how they can be dealt...

  • Pakistan — no change in terror proliferation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With reference to Pakistani involvement in the terrorist strike on Pathankot IAF base on January 1, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had stated that there is no reason to doubt Pakistani cooperation in the probe.

  • Terrorist Attack at Pathankot
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    For Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the latest terrorist attack at Pathankot has emerged as a major challenge to his initiative to revive dialogue with Pakistan.

  • Modi's Lahore Surprise — future portends?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The surprise sprung by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his hitherto unannounced visit to Lahore was received with shock an awe at home — first reports coming in that Modi will be hosted by Nawaz Sharif...

  • MoD — "bad" is putting it mildly
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media recently ran a headline titled 'The ministry of defence is a bad organization with no accountability': Gen V P Malik', publishing an interview with the former Army Chief.

  • Critical Skies — anyone bothered?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Close on the warning last year by the BJP MP Maj Gen BC Khanduri led Parliamentary Committee for Defence that the situation of the equipping...

  • Abe's Visit — special strategic partnership goes more special
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The strategic significance of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India comes not because it is in the following year as Prime Minister Modi's visit to Japan, but also since Japan is a vital anchor for India's...

  • Heart of Asia — will Pakistan withdraw the knife?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 'Heart of Asia' conference in Islamabad was the fifth in the series of ministerial level meetings that have been ongoing since 2011, in continuation of the 'Istanbul Process'.

  • Indo-Russian Bonds — remain strong
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Russia later in the month to attend the annual India-Russia Summit. Indo-Russian strategic partnership goes much beyond mere sale-purchase of military hardware, remaining strong...

  • Indo-Pak Dialogue — is Pakistani military on board?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The breakthrough in Indo-Pak relations in Islamabad recently is a welcome step close on the heels of the NSAs of the two countries in Bangkok. It may be recalled that Prime Minister Modi had invited all heads of SAARC nations, including PM Nawaz Sharif, for swearing in of his government last year.

  • Lessons from 26/11 — what have we learned?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Many would question what have we learned from the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks that created Mayhem and created national uproar in 2008?

  • Airstrikes on ISIS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The world must acknowledge that ISIS may have 14th century ideology but it has access to technology and weaponry of the current century.

  • Nishant Dumped Finally — when will we privatise?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Yet another failed crash landing of DRDO's Nishant UAV shows the dismal state of the governmental defence-industrial complex.

  • Terror Strikes Paris Again – worst ever
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A state of emergency has been declared in France following multiple terror attacks on November 13. This was the second terror attack in Paris this year, previous one being the January attack at Charlie Hebdo.

  • PM Modi’s UK Visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With 1.4 million Indian origin Britons ready to welcome PM Modi and the need for PM David Cameron to woo them, the stage was already set for a successful UK visit by Modi. Before the visit, British media spoke of informed political calculations and the ruling Conservatives extended a hand of friendship...

  • FDI in Defence – ease of business?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On November 10, the government announced a host of measures to ease business along with FDI reforms in 15 sectors including defence, stating that FDI bids worth up to 49% of equity will now progress through the so-called "automatic route".

  • FDI in the Indian Defence Industry
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The major global investors seeking to make large investments in the defence sector, are unlikely to find the change to be a significant departure from the past.

  • Border Protoclols — can they be effective
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After the aborted NSA level India-Pakistan talks, the three day Director General talks between the Border Security Force and Pakistani Rangers...

  • UCAV Race in Subcontinent
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan's army spokesman announced on September 7 that Pakistan's indigenous Burraq armed drone was used to hit a terrorist compound in Shawai Valley killing three high profile targets.

  • Fifth Joint India — China Counter Terrorism Exercise
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    The fifth joint counter terrorism exercise by troops of the Indian Army and China's PLA got underway on 12 October 2015. The exercise termed "Hand-in-Hand 2015" will terminate on 23 October 2015. This time the exercise is being held in Kunming in China.

  • A National War Memorial in India
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    The clamour for a national war memorial from the armed forces and even non government bodies has been fairly loud in the past decade or so. This is especially noteworthy because in the past 67 years since independence, the Indian Armed forces have been constantly involved in military operations...

  • Chinese Incursions in Indian Territory
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    China is in illegal occupation of 38,000 square kilometres of Indian Territory in Ladakh mainly Aksai Chin and Shaksgam Valley. Chinese claim lines have also been expanding over the years.

  • Fencing Borders
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    By all indications Pakistan is hell bent to increase terrorist attacks in India and make all out efforts to continue infiltrations both through the LoC and IB sectors.