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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 17 Issue 6 Jan – Feb 2024

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Editorial

Col Ashwani Sharma (Retd)

India’s ascent as a formidable economic and geostrategic player on the global stage necessitates a robust military to safeguard and augmen... Read More

Geostrategy

33

Is China-Russia Re-alignment for Real?

Russia China alignment is a developing axis which may upset the current global equation

41

Iran and Pakistan

A detailed commentary on the recent Iran - Pakistan spa

53

North Arabian Sea Crescent: The New Maritime Hotspot and India’s Maritime Security

Increasing strategic significance of the North Arabian Sea

60

World in Turmoil: Wars, Elections, and Unprecedented Challenges in 2023

Commentary on various conflicts across the world during 2023

Military Affairs

11

India’s Ascent: A Muscular Foreign Policy and the Imperative of Military Strength

It is imperative for India to maintain a strong military to support its rising economic and diplomatic influence

16

Keeping India Safe

Analysing Indian Army Chief’s media brief on the eve of Army Day 2024

19

Chief Interview

COAS, Gen Pande’s interview with South Asia Defence & Strategic Review

22

Doctrinal Failures mark Current Conflicts Ukraine and West Asia Conflicts-Much to Learn from

Macro issues that emerge from the two ongoing conflicts

28

Unravelling the Turbulent Geopolitics of the 2020s

Interesting analysis of some recent global incidents which also enable a peak into the future

37

Drones and Anti-Drone Systems : Central Training Academy is a must for Common Philosophy and Training

A special Drone Corps is imperative to exploit the potential of drones and ant drone systems

49

Unleashing India’s Space-Tech Potential: Charting the Course to Space Domain Leadership and the Rise of India’s Space Economy

India’s growing presence in space for military and non-military purposes

Military Technology

44

The Geopolitical Implications of Emerging Military  Technologies for India

Emerging disruptive technologies quickly alter the military balance, thus their geostrategic impact

57

Deployable Health Care Solutions

Saab’s quick to deploy health care products are highly useful for disaster relief

66

GPS Spoofing

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.