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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 6 Jan – Feb 2022

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Editorial

Col Ashwani Sharma (Retd)

As we step into the new year, the first event of significance in the Indian Military’s calendar is Army Day. Celebrated every year on 15 J... Read More

Geostrategy

12

2021 – The Year in Conflict

The conflicts that happened during the past year and the likely outlook for 2022

59

Gun Running and Drug Smuggling in North Arabian Sea and Gujarat Coast Security

Gujarat Marine Police must develop robust coastal security

Military Affairs

16

A Tribute to General Rawat

Farewell - the most talked about military personality in recent times

19

Armed Forces: Reciprocate the Respect the Nation Gives

Value based ethos is the leading driver in the profession of arms

26

Doctrinal Changes for Land Based Operations

Land Forces must move away from the rigid templates of the past

31

COAS Interview

On the occasion of the Army Day the COAS gives his views on various issues

34

Indian Army Ethos: What Separates us from the Rest

The Indian Army is one of the most respected institutions of India

38

Challenges and Issues for the CDS

The major challenges and issues the CDS will face in taking forward Gen Rawat’s agenda

43

Interview: E in C

The Corps of Engineers has wide ranging responsibilities

54

Competency Based Senior Military Leadership for 21st Century

Need to move away from traditional templates of selection

62

Hubris: A Dangerous Leadership Trait

A suggestion, of course in a lighter vein, be watchful of your quirks

Military Technology

21

Time is Now for Revolutionary Military Platforms

Platform configurations need a serious relook

46

Bekaa Valley: Lessons India Must Derive

Lessons for the Indian Air Force to plan its equipping profile

51

Defence Manufacturing: Journey Towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’

What actually needs to be done to attain ‘Atmanirbharta’ in Defence

Regular Features

70

Battles that Made History

Battle Honours of The Indian Army – 28 (1971 War) Longewala: Guts and Glory in The Sand

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.