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India's Dwindling Aresnal and Defence Preparedness

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: The Norwegian Ambassador His Excellency Eivind S Homme

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GROWING BILATERAL COOPERATION
Norway like India is a democracy and a market economy, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights. India and Norway are complimentary in political and economic aspirations and are therefore important partners. A partnership built on mutual interests and respect. In a wide-ranging and exclusive interview with DSA the Norwegian Ambassador His Excellency Eivind S Homme shares his views on the growing bilateral cooperation between India and Norway and emerging global and regional geopolitical and geostrategic scenarios.

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Modernisation Woes and Defence Preparedness by Lt Gen BS Pawar

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Author: Lt Gen BS Pawar PVSM, AVSM (Retd)
Despite the Defence Acquisition Council headed by the Defence Minister giving in principle approval for the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (2012 - 2027) and the five year defence plan (2012-2017) – a positive development for the first time in many years – but that’s where it rests, as no follow up action has been taken so far by the MoD.

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India’s Defence Preparedness: World-class Infrastructure And Manufacturing by Commodore Ranjit B Rai

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Author: Commodore Ranjit B Rai (Retd)
Strangely, though 20 per cent of the government’s budget is spent by the defence forces, defence infrastructure which constitutes national assets is not dovetailed into the national plan of the Planning Commission for infrastructure.

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Depleting Air Assets: Time To Act by Air Marshal Anil Chopra

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Author: Air Marshal Anil Chopra PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd)
In my opinion there is a three pronged approach that is required. First is to accelerate the purchase of already selected systems. Second is to improve indigenous capability with a long-term strategy. Third and no less important is to improve serviceability of existing systems.

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Small Arms Are No Small Matter by Col US Rathore

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Author: Colonel US Rathore (Retd)
Despite realising the creeping obsolescence of our small arms inventory – the 9 mm carbines, 7.62 mm SLRs and 7.62 mm LMGs – we did not take action to initiate an indigenous development or importing a new weapon system.

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