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Indian Army in the changing security paradigm

Rashtriya Rifles The Fearless Force by Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain

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Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM & BAR (Retd)

The need to avoid deploying the regular Army and yet having its expertise, effectiveness, ethos and leadership style, was the crying need. The RR has achieved all that in style much before the US Forces came up with the COIN doctrine. How did all this happen and how has the RR come to be classified as India’s finest experiment and innovation in the military field; this needs examination of some facts and serious analysis.

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Foreign Involvement In Insurgency by Lt Gen Dr DB Shekatkar

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Author: Lt Gen Dr DB Shekatkar PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

The Indian Army has not allowed any part of India to secede or disintegrate from India, through the “power of gun”. It will not allow it in future also. But disintegration results due to “mindset” of people against which no weapon can be used. This has to be achieved through political process and governing mechanism.

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Synergising Civil-military Relations by Lt Gen Kamal Davar

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Author: Lt Gen Kamal Davar PVSM, AVSM (Retd)

The inadequacies in our higher direction for war and not having the desired synergy in our civil-military relations (CMR) has often led to India not translating its military victories and strategic opportunities into permanent gains for the nation, eg the unilateral cessation of operations against Pakistan in 1948, signing of the unfair Tashkent Agreement after the 1965 operations where India had to return some hard won tactical gains or in 1971 when India had resoundingly defeated Pakistan and yet India did not obtain some tangible benefits for itself.

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Geostrategic Calculus by Nitin A Gokhale

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Author: Nitin A Gokhale

If 2014 was the year of change in India, 2015 will have to be the period of consolidation for the country’s security and strategic policies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi stormed Delhi and subsequently the international arena in 2014 propelling India once again to the centre stage in world affairs.

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Perspective Battlefield Mind by Dr Rupali Jeswal

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Author: Dr Rupali Jeswal

A battlefield mind has a warrior mindset: to achieve the goals and accomplish the mission without paranoia but with preparation and a premeditated mind, which is also the key to survival in hostile environments.

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Army Aviation The Battle Winner by Lt Gen BS Pawar

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Author: Lt Gen BS Pawar PVSM, AVSM (Retd)

The Army Aviation needs to play a vastly enhanced role in land operations in the coming years. This is only possible if the arm grows both quantitatively and qualitatively. The gap between desire and reality is presently very large and is likely to narrow down provided the acquisitions and developments proceed as planned – the urgent need to replace the 200 odd ageing and obsolete Cheetah / Chetak fleet cannot be over emphasised. This delay is already impacting on operational capability in high altitude areas.

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Human Resource Challenges For The Army by Lt Gen VK Chaturvedi

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Lt Gen VK Chaturvedi PVSM, AVSM, SM (Retd)

In Army, the most important orders are given by word of mouth and men do not question these and lay down their lives on verbal orders. Therefore such ‘Balidan’ and ‘Tyag’ is not comparable. We need to ensure that both the leaders and the led are looked after with utmost sensitivity and due care.

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Exclusive Interview With MC Bansal DGOF and Chairman Ordnance Factory Board

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DGOF and Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board MC Bansal is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT, Roorkee and MBA in Financial Management. He belongs to 1976 batch of IOFS. He has a distinguished career graph at OFB working in various departments and capacities. He has visited many countries viz France, Austria, Russia, Sweden, Finland and Germany. He is recipient of prestigious ‘Ayudh Ratna Award’. In this exclusive interview he shares his views and vision with DSA readers.

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Limited War Against A Nuclear Backdrop by Dr Rajiv Nayan

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Author: Dr Rajiv Nayan

Any limited war needs to have a highly reliable communications, command and control system so that the war does not escalate. Nuclear threat is possible in an ongoing nuclear war. However, even threat of use of nuclear weapons has lost its credibility. During the Cold War, the then two super powers armed with nuclear weapons threatened each other more than twenty times and soon realised the hollowness of this type of threat.

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Indian Army’s Night Fighting Capabilities by Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch

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Author: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch SM, VSM (Retd)

For the infantry, its ability to dominate an area of operations, combat terrorists and insurgents and prevent terrorist infiltration across our borders is largely dependent on its night fighting capability. Multiple detection means are required to ensure all round capability. As of now, the Army is looking at a mix of passive image intensification (2nd generation) sights, thermal imagers (TIs) and unattended ground sensors (UGS).

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Restructuring Army For New Challenges by Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal

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Author: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal SM (Retd)

At present we have the organisational structure of Holding Corps and Strike Corps. In the modern battlefield where it has been made transparent by satellites, UAVs and air surveillance, deployment of Corps cannot be kept a secret from the enemy. Surprise is therefore lost at the first opportunity. The need is to evolve lean and mean structures which can quickly concentrate without giving undue warning to the adversary. A suitable organisation could be all arms battle groups which can be swiftly concentrated and launched. In the present day concept, even a division size force is too ponderous.

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From Dissuasion To Deterrence by Brig Gurmeet Kanwal

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Author: Brig Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd)

China’s political, diplomatic and military aggressiveness at the tactical level is acting as a dampener. China’s assertive behaviour is in keeping with its recent aggressiveness in the disputed areas of the East China Sea and the South China Sea. While the probability of an India-China conflict is low, its possibility cannot be ruled out.

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Exclusive Interview With Neeraj Gupta Managing Director MKU Private Limited

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Neeraj Gupta, Managing Director of MKU Private Limited is a visionary entrepreneur who is credited with starting the armour business of the company and taking it overseas. His keen interest in technology coupled with his strong determination to build a globally respected company has been the driving force behind MKU’s foray into the international market. Today, MKU products are being used by 230 forces in over 100 countries.

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Defence Modernisation Drive DAC Gets Pro-active! by Col Sanjeev Dalal

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Author: Col Sanjeev Dalal (Retd)

Indian Army’s artillery modernisation has been a saga of numerous issued and cancelled RFPs and as a result no new artillery guns have been inducted since the Bofors acquisition in 1987. The list would be endless. Therefore, just the approval of proposals by the DAC should not give the observers an immediate reason to cheer.

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Mountain Warfare Emerging Challenges For India by Col US Rathore

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Author: Col US Rathore (Retd)

Post-1962, Indian leadership and the armed forces slowly turned Pakistan-centric in their threat perception, strategy and preparedness; forgetting the humiliation at the hands of Chinese and the vulnerable areas dotting the LAC. In fact, our priority should have been to prepare for Chinese threat; capability against Pakistan would have accrued by default.

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Private Sector In Defence Industries by Col AG Thomas

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Author: Col AG Thomas (Retd)

A step towards ensuring long-term continuity and cohesiveness will be to constitute an empowered Defence Industries Board under the defence minister to supervise the privatisation and the working of the defence industry. Ordnance Factories, DRDO units, defence PSUs and private sector companies working in the defence sector must come under the purview of this board. It should be ideally headed by a three star military engineer with long experience in our defence industries. Subsequently, this officer can be appointed as the first military personnel to hold the post of Secretary Defence Production.

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