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Deterrence in the Shadow of Terror: US Nuclear Weapons Policy in the Aftermath of 9/11

Deterrence in the Shadow of Terror: US Nuclear Weapons Policy in the Aftermath of  9/11

The paper assesses that in the aftermath of 9/11, efforts to improve and sustain the potency of US nuclear arsenal are far more pertinent than efforts to reduce their salience.

Managing the Rise of a Hydro-Hegemon in Asia: China’s Strategic Interests in the Yarlung-Tsangpo River

Managing the Rise of a Hydro-Hegemon in Asia: China’s Strategic Interests in the Yarlung-Tsangpo River

The Paper examines China´s general performance as a hydro-hegemon in Asia, presents the case study on China´s hydro-behaviour in the Yarlung-Tsangpo river basin, and outlines a framework for promoting trans-boundary watercooperation.

Threats to Space Assets and India's Options

Threats to Space Assets and India's Options

Space assets are vulnerable to a variety of threats that include jamming of communications, command and control systems/links, physical attacks on satellites and ground stations, dazzling or blinding of satellite sensors; high-altitude nuclear detonations (HAND).

The Need for Renaissance of Military History and Modern War Studies in India

The Need for Renaissance of Military History and Modern War Studies in India

The paper makes a case for the need for a renaissance of military history, and modern war studies in India. There is a wide gap in knowledge base of contemporary military history and war studies in India compared to advances made at global level.

Measures To Deal With Left - Wing Extremism/Naxalism

Measures To Deal With Left - Wing Extremism/Naxalism

The assertions by the Ministry of Home Affairs that the Maoist challenge could be dealt with in three years seems to be ambitious, given present-day the ground realities. If coordinated action is taken, perhaps, their challenge could be defeated in approximately seven to 10 years. A welcome development is that the various state governments and the Union Government have begun to evince willingness to deal with the issue. Doubtless, the Maoist challenge can certainly be defeated.

Counterinsurgency and "Op Sadhbhavana" in Jammu and Kashmir

Counterinsurgency and "Op Sadhbhavana" in Jammu and Kashmir

Critiques of the Indian Army's counterinsurgency practice have overlooked a critical aspect of “organisational innovation and operational learning” formalised as Op Sadhbhavana. These initiatives have had a limited but salutary impact in transforming the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir.

Failing to Deliver: Post-Crises Defence Reforms in India, 1998-2010

Failing to Deliver: Post-Crises Defence Reforms in India, 1998-2010

This paper examines the defence reforms process in India and critically examines past efforts and the factors that led to the post-Kargil defence reform. It analyzes the defence reform committees and their follow up.

Addressing Stress-Related Issues in Army

Addressing Stress-Related Issues in Army

The stress-related issues in a soldier's life are closely linked with welfare and need to be addressed most sincerely by all agencies concerned with the welfare of soldiers.

Optimising Stress in Sub-Conventional Warfare

Optimising Stress in Sub-Conventional Warfare

On an average we have been having about 100 suicide cases a year in the past four to five years, so this year has been the same. Mainly it is in insurgency-hit areas, but suicides are also happening in areas where there is no insurgency.

Space Capability and India's Defence Communications Up to 2022 and Beyond

Space Capability and India's Defence Communications Up to 2022 and Beyond

Military organisations worldwide have steadily increased reliance on space assets for communications, surveillance, and navigation. India has sufficient space capability as compared to China.

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