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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 4 Sep – Oct 2021

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Editorial

Col Ashwani Sharma (Retd)

Taliban capped their drive for power in Afghanistan by taking Kabul, the country’s capital, on 15 Aug this year.  Their speed of offensiv... Read More

Geostrategy

16

Emerging Situation in Afghanistan and Impact on South Asia

Taliban’s return to power has left the geopolitical situation fairly nebulous

22

Afghanistan: India’s Finite Options

The situation at present leaves India with limited options

25

Afghan Women: Fears and Hope

A first hand account of the apprehensions that women have and their hope

44

INDO-US Ties: A New Trajectory

Indo-US ties are as vibrant as always – irrespective of who is in power

56

Turbulence in North Arabian Sea Crescent

North Arabian Sea is the new hot spot in Iran Israel tensions

Military Affairs

30

The Drivers of Conflict

In the modern world the possible root causes of conflict have increased manifold

33

Engineering an Innovation System for Defence Industrial Corridors

The country`s dream for self reliance can be brought to fruition if it is well strategized

38

Element Air – Joint Operations – Indian Military

Role of the Air Element and the way ahead to enhance and facilitate jointmanship

46

China and War in High Mountains

Difficult to predict how the current standoff will pan out

52

Energising Indian Aerospace Industry Challenges for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’

Conference Report

Military Technology

12

Contours: Preparing for Electric Battlespace (Part I)

Electric power is the fundamental enabler for all future warfare

28

SIDM AGM and Awards Ceremony

SIDM’s AGM and awards presentation ceremony was a roaring success. A brief account of the same

60

The Zero Trust Strategy

An informative feature on vulnerabilities and strategy to reduce risks to zero. An end-to-end cybersecurity strategy called ‘Zero Trust’ provides a useful antidote to the problem

Regular Features

62

Scholar Warriors

Thoughts on Military Intellectualism and Progressive Military Education

70

Battles that Made History

Operations after the ceasefire: Roar of the Lions on the OP Hill

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.