SOUTH ASIA DEFENCE & STRATEGIC REVIEW
South Asia Defence & Strategic Review is a bi-monthly magazine focussing on issues related to Geostrategy, Military Technology, Defence and Strategic Affairs and their impact on South Asian Region. The aim of the magazine is to help shape policies and spread awareness amongst our readers on such matters in the region.
Started in March 2007, the magazine provides a 360-degree view of the latest developments and key issues in the defence and security domain. Over the years the magazine has carved out a large subscriber base in the Indian Subcontinent and rest of the world. The readership is amongst the uniformed communities, Ministries of Defence and External Affairs, think tanks, military analysts, educational and training institutions.
Our contributors include luminaries in the field of defence & strategy with military experts forming the core of our editorial team.
Indo-Pak Conflict 1971: The Strategic Backdrop and Plan
Articulation of the strategic environment under which the 1971 war was fought31
Time to Harness the Power of Military Diplomacy
Military Diplomacy is an important constituent of foreign policy endeavours35
Changes in the Neighbourhood
India must take appropriate steps so that it can hold its own38
Overview of Contemporary Indo-Pacific Goals and Strategies of Powers other than India
Moves of the significant contemporary and potential players on this “Great Chessboard”43
Climate Change Implications for Holistic Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region
Threats in the maritime domain, which could have serious socio- economic consequences50
Legacies & Learnings: A Case Study of Oil Spills in the Indian Ocean Region
Coordinated and comprehensive measures will ensure that challenges of oil spills are dealt with effectively
1971 Indo Pak War: Opportunities and Achievements
Glimpses of some important actions during operations both on the eastern and western fronts24
The 1971 War: Intrepid Naval Warriors
The success can be attributed to resolute decision making by the higher leadership and meticulous execution28
The Air War of 1971 Indo-Pak Conflict
The IAF played a stellar role during the operations46
Time to Take Interoperability to Next Level: Interchangeability
Militaries must start moving in this direction even if it entails taking baby steps in the beginning
Contours IX: Electric Battlespace for the Infantry Soldier
The need for infantry soldiers to ‘fight light’ if they are to maintain peak performance54
Augmenting Defence Exports: Vital Role for New DPSUs
The corporatisation of OFB can play a vital role in enhancing defence exports58
Modernisation of the Mechanised Forces: Way Ahead
Out of the box thinking is required to drive the endeavour
Credit for 1971 victory has gone to the right quarters70
Battles That Made History
Battle Honours of The Indian Army – 27 (1971 War) Gangasagar: Naik Albert Ekka, Param Veer Chakra
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LT GEN SYED ATA HASNAIN
PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM & BAR (Retd)
is an eminent writer and speaker. He is a Distinguished Fellow of Vivekananda Foundation. The General is a former Military Secretary and GOC of two of India’s most important Corps.
LT GEN JP SINGH
PVSM, AVSM (Retd)
former Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (P&S) is presently a Senior Advisor with DRDO. A cavalry officer, JP is one of the few who understand users’ requirements, state of R&D and the entire industrial landscape in India.
VICE ADMIRAL PRADEEP CHAUHAN
AVSM**, VSM, IN (Retd)
was the Navy’s first Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence) and later, Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command. A prolific writer, he retired as the Commandant, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala.
LT GEN VINOD BHATIA
PVSM, AVSM, SM (Retd)
is Director, Centre for Joint Warfare Studies. He is the former DG Infantry and DG Military Operations
LT GEN ARUN SAHNI
PVSM, UYSM, SM, VSM
is a former GOC in C of the South Western Command who served the Indian Army with great distinction. A renowned speaker on contemporary issues, General Sahni is an Artillery officer who played a leading role in modernisation of Indian Artillery.
AIR MARSHAL ANIL CHOPRA
PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd),
is a pioneer of the Mirage 2000 fleet. He commanded two operational bases and the IAF’s Flight Test Centre ASTE. He is a former member of AFT Lucknow.
LT GEN SHOKIN CHAUHAN
PVSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM (Retd)
had an illustrious career in the army. He commanded the prestigious 1 Corps and was the DG Assam Rifles.
LT GEN AB SHIVANE
PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)
had a very distinguished career in the Indian Army. He commanded 1 Corps and retired as the DG Mechanised Forces. He is a Senior Advisor to OFB.
DR VIJAY SAKHUJA
is an expert on maritime affairs and is a former Director, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi.
LT GEN NB SINGH
former DG EME is presently a member of Armed Forces Tribunal, Jabalpur
LT GEN B S PAWAR (RETD)
is a former ADG Army Aviation and Commandant, School of Artillery.
LT GEN (DR) V K SAXENA
PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)
is the former Director General of Army Air Defence
LT GEN BALBIR SINGH SANDHU (RETD)
is a former DGST and writes frequently on military affairs
MAJ GEN VINOD SAIGHAL (RETD)
is the Executive Director of Eco Monitors Society.
Maj Gen Harvijay Singh (Retd)
Maj Gen Harvijay Singh, SM was the Additional Director General in Signals Directorate at the Army HQ. He is a prolific writer.
COL MICHAEL PADGETT (RETD)
is a former AD, Ordnance and Acquisition Corps officer of the US Army.
is an expert on security matters and has authored three books and over 170 articles for various journals. He writes and speaks extensively on geo-politics and contemporary warfare.
BRIG ARVIND THAKUR
a retired Cavalry Officer of the Indian Army is a graduate of the US Army War College.
Brig P Binuraj
is a retired Gunner Officer who was Director Operations in Artillery Directorate and commanded an Artillery Brigade. He is an alumni of College of Defence Management and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.