December 2017

Strengthening India’s Nuclear Deterrence

One of the cardinal pillars in the edifice of national defence preparedness is the state of our preparedness in the nuclear dimension. In order to assess the same, there is a requirement to define the nuclear context (read threat) as it exists today from Pakistan and China, both individually and collectively, and evaluate our existing policy status in counter to the same. 
The Nuclear Context

Upending Maritime and Military Operations Through Blockchain

Cryptocurrencies such as the Bitcoin’s gold, Ethereum, Zcash, Litecoin, Dash, Ripple, Monero etc. have created enormous excitement among the global financial community. Some states have adopted cryptocurrency as a legal form of payments and tool of exchange, and others have set timelines for its implementation. Interestingly, a few have chosen to annul its usage and announced their own version of cryptocurrency.

Middle East In Turmoil : A Historical Review And Status of The Current Day Saudi-Iran Confrontation

Sometime in 2003, the US State Department analyzed and deduced that the US and the West were involved in a Long War with the Islamic civilization, a war which could well continue for over a hundred years. The broad consensus was that the Islamic civilization was going through the inevitable phase of reformation, which hits faiths after sustained periods, to bring them at par with modernism.

Forming The ‘Quad’

On the surface, it seemed innocuous enough. It was just a meeting of officials from the Foreign Departments of India, USA, Japan and Australia on the sidelines of the meetings of world leaders at the ASEAN Summit in Manila. What was significant was the agenda of the meeting. It was to develop the framework of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between the four nations.

Arm & Equip the Infantryman from Head To Heel

The Time magazine aptly summarised the operational performance and preparedness of the Indian army during the 1962 conflict. That may not be true today for the armed forces, but may still hold good to a large extent for the Indian soldier and the infantry in particular. General V K Singh former army chief in a much publicised 12 March 2012 letter to the then Prime Minister painted  a grim picture of the operational capabilities of the 1.18-million strong army. A major concern in the letter was quote