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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 15 Issue 3 Jul – Aug 2021

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Editorial

Col Ashwani Sharma (Retd)

During the last week of July 2021 Mullah Baradar, Afghan Taliban’s political leader, met with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, openi... Read More

Geostrategy

14

Afghanistan At Precarious Crossroads

Afghanistan is the centre piece of the New Great Game being played out

20

Afghanistan: Women Participation for Sustainable Peace

It is important for women to play an equal and meaningful role in the peace process

22

Afghanistan, ANA and India: A Perspective

India must continue to support the legitimate government in Kabul

44

Countering China

China is going about its aim of creating a ‘Chinese Century’ and several nations are getting together to countervail the Chinese

53

Neighbourhood Watch

India has to take deft steps so that it is able to draw countries veering towards China into its fold

57

Water – a Potential cause of ‘Conflicts in Future’

Water is becoming an increasingly contested commodity and shared waters pose a great risk for conflict in the region

Military Affairs

11

Contours VII

Operations in an Integrated Battlefield

23

Decoding Defence Reforms : Nuts and Bolts

Will reforms help if there is no is concomitant accountability?

32

Integrated Theatre Commands – Is it the Right Time for Proposed Restructuring?

The need thereof in our context and whether we are really geared to take the step commands right

38

On Theatres – Retaining The Air Power Advantage

The need to look at the issue holistically and get the architecture of the theatre commands right

41

Theaterisation: A Perspective

Lt Gen JP Singh (retd) puts a recent interview of the CDS on the subject in correct perspective

48

OF B Reforms: Time for a Strategic Shift

The reforms aim to streamline the functioning of the 41 Ordnance Factories

Military Technology

28

Infantry Modernisation: Role of OFB

A brief on OFB's contribution to equipping the Indian Infantry

42

Underwater Drones: New Challenges

Underwater drones would pose multiple challenges

Regular Features

62

Scholar Warriors

A Kaleidoscope of Thoughts

70

Battles that Made History

Battle Honours of the Indian Army - 26 (1971 war) Sylhet Helilift: 4/5 Gorkha Rifles Changing the Course of War

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)

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.

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.