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Armed Forces

Costa Rica’s Challenge: Maintaining Internal Security without an Army

March 23, 2017

Costa Rica is determined to maintain a demilitarised approach to internal security despite the increasing challenge from violent transnational organized crime largely linked to the trade in illegal narcotics.

Gorkhas of the Indian Army and India-Nepal Relations

February 17, 2017

This commentary is inspired by the Annual Gorkha Brigade Conference held at New Delhi on 11 February 2017 and the unique relationship between India and Nepal that this military connection underpins.

Suriname’s Armed Forces – Capability Compromised

February 02, 2017
Suriname’s Armed Forces

Suriname’s national army remains critically deficient in terms of air transport and maritime surveillance aircraft. It is an open question whether country’s armed forces will prove equal to the task of combating transnational organised crime.

The Decline of the Cuban Armed Forces

January 18, 2017

While the Cuban armed forces are but a shadow of their former self with unserviceable equipment and massive reductions in personnel strength, the country still retains combat capabilities far in excess of any of its Caribbean neighbours.

Making it Palatable – Managing Food Supply in the Armed Forces

January 18, 2017

With some innovative thinking, on-line arrangements with suppliers, including the Canteen Stores Department, could reduce the cost of storage and distribution and, more importantly, help in maintaining a high satisfaction level among troops.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force: Poised for Capability Growth

November 30, 2016

The capabilities of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force will be significantly boosted in the current phase of modernisation but the air wing still lacks resources.

India’s Military Power: A General Reflects, by Lt Gen H.C. Dutta

October 2016

In this book, the author—a distinguished officer of the Indian Army who retired as an Army Commander in 1983—has written about his experiences and important events in his 37 years of military life. He was commissioned in 1948 in the first batch of gentlemen cadets from the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, in post-independence India. He witnessed the Partition of the country and the reorganisation of the Indian Armed Forces, which gave him an insight into the many facets of national security at the grassroots level.

Colombian Air Force: Innovation in Counter-Insurgency

October 25, 2016

While the fate of the peace process between the Colombian Government and FARC remains uncertain, innovative use of technology and tactics on the part of the Colombian Air Force has played no small part in convincing the rebel group that its military struggle was doomed to fail.

Conceptualising Stress in the Armed Forces: A Public Health Perspective

October 2016

In recent years, the frequent reports of suicide and fragging cases among armed forces personnel have prompted several questions about the negative effects of stressful life experiences on the well-being of soldiers. The narrow conception of mental health is not enough to understand and explain the status of mental health and well-being of a soldier, which eclipses the interwoven nature of various social determinants of health at workplace, such as the complexity of social categories reflected in class, power and caste structures.

Human Resource Management in the Armed Forces

2016
Human Resource Management in the Armed Forces

Human Resource Management (HRM) in the Armed Forces is a vital issue because its strength has always been the soldier. This monograph analyses the challenges of HRM in the Armed Forces with specific focus on transition of soldiers to a second career, as service personal retire at a comparatively young age when their personal responsibilities are at the peak.

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