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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.

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Vol 13 Issue 4 Sep/Oct 2019

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Editorial

Col AK Sharma (Retd)

As the Indian Air Force gets ready to commemorate the 87th Air Force Day on 08 Oct 2019, this issue of the magazine is dedicated to assessin... Read More

Geostrategy

20

J&K: Fallout of the Momentous Decision

The Whys and Wherefores and the Impact of the Step

52

The Afghan Quagmire

President Trump has called off negotiations with Taliban; the Afghan tragedy continues

Military Affairs

13

Saudi Oil Strikes: A Wakeup Call for Military Planners

A need to revisit our capability development programmes

16

IAF: Structuring the Right mix of Platforms and Technology

Advanced and disruptive technologies are competing for a place in the force structure to off-set the number of fighter platforms

26

Strategic Reach of The IAF

IAF has formidable airlift capabilities which give it considerable strategic reach

30

Integrated Theatre Commands-Does the concept suit India

Are they required in our context?

36

Aircraft Carriers Vs Shore Based Aircraft

A dispassionate analysis of the two types of assets

41

Physical Protection of Maritime Transportation: Shipping

Threats thereto and mechanisms to counter the same

46

The Return of the Nuclear Arms Race

The demise of INF may catalyse another arms race, possibly a nuclear one

49

Army Aviation : Attack Capability- An Imperative for Integrated Battle Group Concept

It is essential that Attack Helicopters are intrinsic to these organisations

Military Technology

34

Export by Indian Ordnance Factories

The unknown fact about ordnance factories

55

CDS: An Opportunity to Disrupt Traditional Military Thinking and Planning

Rapidly advancing technologies necessitate change

58

Lest we Perish: CBRN Incident Management

CBRN threats, both accidental and intentional, are for real in today’s world

Regular Features

62

Scholar Warriors

Next Steps In J&K : Emulate the Indian Army

70

Battles that made History

Battle Honours of The Indian Army - 15 1947- 48 Indo-Pak War: Zojila

Contributors

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

VSM, (Retd)
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)

COL MICHAEL PADGETT (RETD)

is a former AD, Ordnance and Acquisition Corps officer of the US Army.

AJAY SINGH

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.