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Lessons and Appraisals in Defence and Security

Indian Air Force – A Potent Air Power Of The 21st Century

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Author: Air Chief Marshal N C Suri PVSM, AVSM, VM (Retd) Former Chief Of Indian Air Force (1991-1993)

The history of the IAF is replete with examples where Intelligence information was inadequate, inaccurate or unavailable. This has been a serious limitation that must be addressed. If we were to select two issues of prime importance for future air power potential, they are Intelligence and expertise in cyber sphere. Individually or in unison, they could help provide an effective deterrent or the most important attributes that could win the war if conflict is imposed on us.

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The Next Frontier

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Author: Gp Capt AK Sachdev (Retd)

While the advantages of laser weapons is obvious in terms of the near instantaneous travel time for the beam, some of the related problems are yet to be subjugated. The excessive heat generation with about 80 per cent of the pulse energy being lost as heat and with the need to harden the launch platform is the single major problem. The other being the scatter due to dust, soot, smoke, snow, water vapour etc in the intervening aerospace between the launch platform and the target. However, these problems are negligible, for as technological development tackles these problems, laser weapon systems may well be arrayed in space over the next decade.

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Evolution Pushing The Sixth Generation Envelope

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

Sixth Generation fighters are being conceived and expected to enter service around 2025-30 timeframe. Such aircrafts would have to have enhanced capabilities in reach, persistence, survivability, net-centricity, sustained awareness, human-system integration and weapon effects; developments that will require new breakthroughs in propulsion, materials, power generation and weapon technology.

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Multi-domain Capabilities And Sound Intelligence

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Author: Air Marshal Vinod Patney SYSM, PVSM, AVSM, VrC (Retd)

The history of the IAF is replete with examples where Intelligence information was inadequate, inaccurate or unavailable. This has been a serious limitation that must be addressed. If we were to select two issues of prime importance for future air power potential, they are Intelligence and expertise in cyber sphere. Individually or in unison, they could help provide an effective deterrent or the most important attributes that could win the war if conflict is imposed on us.

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"If You Want Peace, Prepare For War"

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Author: Lt Gen BS Nagal PVSM, AVSM, SM (Retd)

The great victory did have a valueless ending at the Simla Agreement when the political leadership frittered away the gains of prisoners of war without a final solution to the J&K problem, it would come to trouble two decades later. The inability of the leadership to understand war termination strategy and to extract concessions at Simla appears a repeat of Tashkent and 1948.

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After-Care Post Terror Strike

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Author: Eleonora Pacciani

After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre (September 11, 2001 New York City), there has been a global increase in terrorism in our citizen communities, that establishes the need for a new discipline – terror medicine – as a special branch of disaster medicine. This new discipline includes medical management of terrorist scenarios, more to the point the risk of use of chemical, biological and radioactive substances to cause as much death and suffering as possible.

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How Have We Fared Across The Indo-Pacific?

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Author: Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, AVSM and Bar, VSM, IN (Retd)

India must consistently demonstrate that it has the capacity, capability and the stomach to play at the strategic high table, contending with game moves of major State entities such as China and the United States and their respective sub-regional satraps, as also a variety of State-sponsored non-State entities of varying degrees of benevolence, ignorance and malevolence.

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An Elusive Pursuit

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Author: Amit Cowshish

Starting with two categories (‘Buy’ and ‘Buy and Make’ with Imported Transfer of Technology’) in 2002, the number of categories had already increased to five by the time DPP 2011 was promulgated. These five categories were ‘Buy (India)’, ‘Buy and Make (India)’, ‘Make’, ‘Buy and Make’, and ‘Buy (Global)’. While retaining all the five categories, DPP 2013 arranged them in a descending order of preference. And now, quite unexpectedly, DPP 2016 has added another category to this list. The new category, called ‘Buy (Indian Designed, Developed and Manufactured), or ‘Buy (IDDM).

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Looming Danger on India

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

The Centre and all State governments must ensure that there is an absolute fair play and equity in governance, opportunities for its entire people irrespective of their religion, caste, creed or region. The Indian model of secularism and inclusive nationhood is the best bet for preventing India’s minorities looking beyond India’s shores for their political, social, economic or spiritual fulfillment.

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The New Paradigm At Sea

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Author: Dr Vijay Sakhuja

After the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, one of the many features of the restructuring was building National Maritime Domain Awareness (NMDA) grid and a National Command Control Communication Intelligence (NC3I) network. This led to the setting up of the Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) which is connected to over 50 coastal radar stations including those located on island territories. The IMAC collates fuses and disseminates intelligence and information about ‘unusual or suspicious movements and activities at sea’.

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Threats And Challenges To India

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

Fundamentally, the Indian security environment is skewed with multi-dimensional threats posed by two nuclear powers acting in collusion in our neighborhood. The concept of India’s strategic autonomy will be called into question if India does not develop demonstrable military capability and upgrade its doctrinal thinking in tune with the changing nature of wars and prevailing environment. Strong dissuasive capability backed by a political resolve is required for India to protect its interests and shift from pure territorial bias to more interest based capability. Even more important is reorientation of political mindset that looks upon soft power and status quo as the best options, leaving India open to coercion and dealing with unabated proxy war.

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Generational Growth Of Combat Jets

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Author: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha (Retd)

For cash-strapped nations like India too, a force structure consisting of a core fleet of high-technology combat jets plus a significant number of more affordable ones makes sense. Fifth-generation fighters would certainly boost the IAF’s operational capability to undertake high-risk missions and attacks against heavily defended, high-value targets. However, in more benign environments despite its many shortcomings, the HAL Tejas Mark 1A may fit the bill as a cheap, lightweight and capable jet, suitable for a variety of IAF combat missions.

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Bane Of India’s Comprehensive Power

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

In the hybrid warfare of today, the adversary uses every means to exploit information to his advantage. We have to see how this can be countered. The targets for our information campaign in such an environment will probably include that element which controls the hostilities against us, the population that he targets to dis-inform about us and also our own people who need to be secured from dis-information, misperception and incorrect notions.

 

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Choice Between Battle Fatigue And Terrorism

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Author: Col Shailender Arya

The most vital element of an insurgent movement is the popular support which has eroded, evidently by the support for peace talks in all States. The region is also capable of peaceful self-corrections. In Mizoram, a successful transition from insurgency to politics was made under Pu Laldenga in 1986. In Tripura, the State Government with a strong political will backed by the police has contained insurgency and the State is on the development highway. Continued focus on counter-insurgency while encouraging peace talks and economic development is the key to a stable North East.

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China’s Strategic Push Through The ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative

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Author: Dr Temjenmeren Ao

The Silk Road Economic Belt concept was introduced by the Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Kazakhstan in September 2013, where he suggested that China and Central Asia should cooperate to build this project. In October 2013, President Xi proposed building a close-knit China-ASEAN community and offered guidance on constructing a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road to promote cooperation.

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At the Heart Of Military Industrial Complex Are Indigenous Power Plants

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Author: Cecil Victor

It is appropriate that the government has sanctioned the setting up of the Centre for Propulsion Technology within the Defence Research and Development Organisation. The new organisation, a conglomeration of the DRDO and the Indian Institutes of Technology of Mumbai and Madras has been mandated to undertake advanced collaborative research in the critical defence technology areas. These include futuristic aeroengines; hypersonic propulsion for long duration flight; solid propellant combustion modelling; morphing aircraft including its propulsion and associated technologies addressing the emerging defence and security needs.

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