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Gurmeet Kanwal

Brig Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd.) is Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and former Director, Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi. Click here for details profile [+}

Thanks to Modi, a new symphony in India-US defence partnership

June 10, 2016

Distinguished Fellow, IDSA, Brig Gurmeet Kanwal’s article on the impact of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the United States on the India-US relations, titled ‘Thanks to Modi, a new symphony in India-US defence partnership’ was published in ‘Daily O’ on June 10, 2016.

NYT ran an ignorant editorial attacking India's NSG claims

June 05, 2016

Distinguished Fellow, IDSA, Brig Gurmeet Kanwal’s article on The New York Times recent editorial on India’s application for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), titled ‘NYT ran an ignorant editorial attacking India's NSG claims’ was published in ‘Daily O’ on June 5, 2016.

India must join US, Japan and Australia to contain China’s adventurism

March 31, 2016

Distinguished Fellow, IDSA, Brig Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd.)’s article titled ‘India must join US, Japan and Australia to contain China’s adventurism’ was published in the ‘Hindustan Times’ on March 31, 2016.

Fighting the Islamic State: Role of the P-5 Nations and India

November 23, 2015
Fighting the Islamic State: Role of the P-5 Nations and India

Direct Indian military intervention against ISIS would depend on how the situation unfolds over the next year. As an emerging power sharing a littoral with the region, India has an important role to play in acting as a catalyst for West Asian stability.

Operation Gibraltar: An Uprising that Never Was

July 2015

Launched in early-August 1965, Operation Gibraltar was designed to infiltrate several columns of trained and well-armed Mujahids and Razakars, led by Pakistan Army Majors into Jammu and Kashmir. Under the cover of fire provided by the Pakistan Army deployed on the Cease Fire Line (CFL), the columns managed to infiltrate, but failed to create large-scale disturbances and did not receive support from the people. In fact, locals often provided information about the columns to the Indian Army, which led to their being captured or neutralised.

India’s Military Conflicts and Diplomacy: An Inside View of Decision Making by General V.P. Malik

March 2015

India’s 11th Five Year Defence Plan was completed on March 31, 2012. Throughout its currency, the plan did not receive the approval of the Union Cabinet. The ongoing 12th Defence Plan was ‘approved in principle’ by the Defence Acquisition Council of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), but has not yet been approved by the National Security Council (NSC). Also, approval without financial commitment for the full five-year term is meaningless and defence planning in India remains as ad hoc as it has been since independence.

National Security Decision Making: Overhaul Needed

August 26, 2014
National Security Decision Making: Overhaul Needed

A sub-committee of the CCS must devote time and effort to make substantive recommendations to improve the structures for higher defence management, defence research and development, self-reliance in defence production and the improvement of civil-military relations.

PLA Asserts as Modi-Xi Jinping Talk

September 22, 2014
PLA Asserts as Modi-Xi Jinping Talk

The military gap between Indian and China is growing steadily as the PLA is upgrading the military infrastructure in Tibet to enable rapid deployment. China will stall resolution of the territorial dispute till it is in a much stronger position.

Indigenous manufacture of defence equipment needs policy reform

October 09, 2014
Indigenous manufacture of defence equipment needs policy reform

The national aim should be to make India a design, development, manufacture and export hub. India must study the Chinese concepts of “leap frogging” of technology across several generations and “civilianisation” to exploit dual use technology.

Artillery modernisation: needed for firepower

November 27, 2014
Artillery modernisation: needed for firepower

Despite the lessons learnt during the Kargil conflict, where artillery firepower paved the way for victory, modernisation of the artillery continued to be neglected. The recent acquisition of 814 truck-mounted 155 mm/52-calibre guns is a step in the right direction.

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