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  • Twin Purpose Military Exercises of the Chinese PLA in 2009

    The year 2009 has seen the Chinese PLA undertake several military exercises, drills and war games to enhance battle effectiveness as well as promote trust among neighbours.

    December 22, 2009

    The Army’s decade in review

    Over the short term, events in Pakistan dictate higher order readiness. In the middle term, equations have to be managed with China so as to gain time to get the second strike capability and infrastructure organised.

    November 30, 2009

    The central debate in India’s civil military relations

    Critics have it that the last bout of reforms in India’s defence sector in the wake of Kargil has not been taken to its logical conclusion. There are two key areas over which there is considerable debate. One is the continuing absence of a Chief of Defence Staff, and the second is the cosmetic integration between the Ministry of Defence and the Service Headquarters. It is asserted that the latter is the result of bureaucrats protecting their turf in a perverse interpretation of civil control.

    July 06, 2009

    Trends in Thinking about Warfare

    Fellows' Seminar
    May 08, 2009
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Military Robots

    Fellows' Seminar
    April 17, 2009
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Debating China's 'RMA-Driven Military Modernization': Implications for India

    This article intends to examine the notion of 'Revolution in Military Affairs' (RMA) in China and how the People's Liberation Army (zhongguo renmin jiefangjun) is thrusting RMA initiatives on its modernization programme. It sheds light on the issue of China's 'RMA-Driven Military Modernization' programme and situates the effect of these initiatives in the Indian context.

    March 2009

    Storming of Lal Masjid in Pakistan: An Analysis

    Fellows' Seminar
    September 26, 2008
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Modernisation of Chinese Special Forces

    Tension has subsided across the Taiwan Strait in recent years. China has adopted a “wait and see” approach and has chosen to focus more on economic growth, scientific development, and securing energy supplies, while Taiwan has been content with the status quo up until recently. Further, trade links between Taiwan and the Mainland are expanding rapidly and there have even been discussions about increasing air traffic in order to promote stronger business ties.

    November 06, 2007

    Revolution in Military Affairs and Jointness

    Militaries of major states in the international system have been responding to the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) debate, mainly to the technological and operational concepts propounded by the US, even though most of them particularly in Asia continue to grapple with its full import. First off the blocks in Asia has been China. Given the salience of the American threat perspective in any Taiwan-centric conflict scenario, it has identified rapid development in high technology with Informaion Technology(IT) at its core as the means to bring about revolutionary changes in the military field as a strategic and operational necessity to meet the challenge.

    August 2007