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Unravel The Confusion

Author: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)

We must get on with establishing the Special Operations Command and the initiative will have to be taken by none other than the NSA in concert with the PMO. The need to rectify the strategic asymmetry vis-à-vis China and Pakistan at the sub-conventional level is an imperative that should not be delayed further. This would provide a host of low cost options with high dividends to the political authority.


Precise Intelligence First Priority

Author: Vappala Balachandran

The following example would reveal how Intelligence dissemination was neglected before 26/11. The then Maharashtra Home Minister Jayant Patil had told the legislative assembly on 20 December 2008 that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had sent “advisory” on November 19 to the Navy and Coast Guards about LeT’s plans of attack but not to Maharashtra government.


Aviation Key To Behind-Enemy-Lines Ops

Author: Air Marshal Anil Chopra PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd)

Indian Army has eight Para Regiments that constitute Special Forces. They are tasked for direct action, hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defence, counter-proliferation, counter-insurgency, seek and destroy and personnel recovery.


State Special Branches Have Major Role

Author: Arun Bhagat IPS

The State Special Branches can be major contributors of Intelligence in the areas of counter-intelligence, border activities and coastal areas. That David Headley could visit different States with the frequency that he did and his passport entries showed his repeated visits to Pakistan was overlooked by the State SBs is a telling example.


Enhancing Asia Pacific Maritime Security

Author: Dr Vijay Sakhuja

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been spearheading the regional initiatives to respond to non-traditional security threats and challenges and conceptualised the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus which has contributed significantly to security cooperation among the partners particularly in the five priority areas

  1. maritime security
  2. counter-terrorism
  3. disaster management
  4. peace-keeping operations and
  5. military medicine

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