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.
A West Asian ‘Quad’
I2U2 is a new partnership between the governments of India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States45
WMD Proliferation in North Arabian Sea
Tackling the threat of WMDs in the North Arabian Sea53
Taiwan-The Pelosi Landing
Brinkmanship in Taiwan54
Rumble in the Himalayas
US China ‘slugfest’ in Nepal has repercussions for India56
Ayman Zawahiri's killing brings into focus multiple linkages in AfPak
Interview: Lt Gen Anil Bhatt, Director General, Indian Space Association
What will this newly raised organisation do?42
Agnipath: Harbinger of Change
An objective view of the revolutionary recruitment scheme50
I Am an Agniveer
Agnipath will be of immense significance for Nation Building
Unpredicatable, Dynamic Wars17
India’s Space Programme: Moving in Sync with the Times
Steps to strengthen India’s Space programme25
Strengthen the Startup Ecosystem to Enhance India’s Space Prowess
Startup companies in space need encouragement from the government30
Start Ups: Giving a Fillip to India’s Space Programme
Centum Electronics Limited, Vyom space, GalaxEye, Kepler Aerospace, Digantra48
Indian Army: Right Push for Atmanirbharta
Army is utilizing in house talent for practical and cost-effective solutions
Revisiting Op Pawan: Requiem for the Fallen Bravehearts66
Battles that Made History
Battle Honours of The Indian Army – 31 (1971 War) Parbat Ali: Dune by dune
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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.