Gurmeet Kanwal

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  • 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 [+}

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

    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.

    March 2015

    National Security Decision Making: Overhaul Needed

    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.

    August 26, 2014

    PLA Asserts as Modi-Xi Jinping Talk

    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.

    September 22, 2014

    Indigenous manufacture of defence equipment needs policy reform

    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.

    October 09, 2014

    Artillery modernisation: needed for firepower

    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.

    November 27, 2014

    Pakistan Is Headed For a Dangerous Denouement

    Pakistan Is Headed For a Dangerous Denouement

    If the Pakistan Army fails to conclusively eliminate the scourge in the north-west, it will soon reach Punjab, which has been relatively free of major incidents of violence.

    December 22, 2014

    Meeting the Maoist Challenge

    Meeting the Maoist Challenge

    In the wake of the Sukma attack, it is apparent that the CPI-Maoist's weather- and surrender-induced operational frailty is a matter of the past.

    January 08, 2015

    Pakistan: Under the Shadow of the Military Jackboot

    The military has ridden roughshod over Pakistan’s polity for most of the country’s history since its independence. The Pakistani army, once described as a ‘state within a state’, is now being viewed by many as the state. In fact, the army and the ISI (the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate) together form the ‘deep state’.

    August 19, 2014

    Modernising the Army’s Tactical-level Communications Systems

    The new optical fibre network being laid as an alternative to the 3G spectrum surrendered by the armed forces will go a long way in providing modern land-line communications in peace stations and to limited extent up to the war-time locations of higher formation HQ.

    February 14, 2014

    Measures for Improving Management of National Security

    Foremost on the government’s defence and national security reforms agenda should be the formulation of a comprehensive National Security Strategy (NSS), including that for internal security. The NSS should be formulated after carrying out an inter-departmental, inter-agency, multi-disciplinary strategic defence review and must take the public into confidence.

    January 16, 2014