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Manvendra Singh Blog - DSA's Editor-in-Chief

DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! (April 2019)

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In stark contrast to the practice prevailing worldwide, India has gone public with an air strike on Balakote in Khyber Pakhtunwa province of Pakistan. Almost all countries that are compelled to mount clandestine raids, ground or air, tend to keep them that way, quiet and silent. This is the second action claimed by India, the previous one being a trans-Line of Control raid in September 2016. Another raid in Myanmar was initially claimed and then quietly dropped. This is quite unlike the practice of other countries, including Israel behind whom a number of Indian national security players seem to mould them.

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DSA IS AS MUCH YOURS, AS IT IS OURS! (March 2019)

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In the backdrop of the gruesome 14 February 2019 suicide attack on the Central Reserve Police Force convoy in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir, the subsequent air strikes and all that followed since then once again raises the question about India’s ability to deal with security crises. And that question comes loaded with the fundamental query about the nature of India’s preparations and planning. All of which then raises the essential issue of how India has thought through its defence apparatus, what its long term preparations are, and how it hopes to get there. These can only be answered by first understanding the process of defence finance.

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DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! (Febauary 2019)

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When India purchases off-the-shelf aircraft like Rafale, its domestic programmes like the Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas, suffer. It suffers both in terms of delays in development as well as inadequate funding. The cost escalation of LCA Tejas is often quoted as one of its shortcomings. While it is certainly true that the cost has escalated well beyond the initial estimates and sanctions. But such escalation is, firstly, not unique to the Tejas project, and it also has to be seen in the correct context of its figures. There are various reasons, known and unknown.

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DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! (January 2019)

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India’s largest armed force, and the one that conjures up the maximum brownie points, is making news about its structural studies, as well as solutions being thrown up for the related problems. Indian Army has seen a number of assessments through various committees that have analysed its structures and cadres while recommending remedial steps. Over the years, many reports have been made available that seek to redress the internal manpower management shortcomings. Each report seeks to address the issue from a new perspective, offer new solutions, whether it is in terms of a cadre review, or, a structural assessment.

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DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! (December 2018)

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INS Arihant has completed its first deterrent patrol. No small achievement for India, its navy and for long-term security in the Asia-Pacific region. This is exactly where the country should aim to make an impact in terms of security and protection. It can only be achieved when India has a comprehensive naval up-gradation programme based on a national security strategy that is wide ranging and realistic. The manner in which the navy continues to be the ‘least’ budgeted service suggests India is far from achieving its goals, nationally or regionally — is a real pity!

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