The writer is a retired chief of naval staff.
First, we need to create a sub-cadre within IAS, trained in the management of national security issues.
Malabar exercise has far-reaching geo-political impact. India-Japan-US triad must be elevated to strategic status
Besieged by internal and external threats, the security establishment needs to move beyond a lackadaisical bureaucracy, enlist fresh minds
India’s political and security establishment needs a strategy in light of China’s naval expansion.
If the past is any guide, neither appeasement nor empty bluster will work against China. India must initiate urgent reform of its archaic defence structures
Interests of national security demand the urgent creation of an overarching Ministry of Defence Technology & Industrial Production, and other reforms
Parrikar has broken a tradition of sphinx-like silence, wherein his two UPA predecessors rarely acknowledged the existence of India’s nuclear deterrent or even mentioned the ‘N’ word.
Loud jingoism and war talk erode India’s credibility, distract government from urgent task at hand.
Scorpene data leak underlines the hazards of India’s dependence on foreign sources for military hardware.
INS Vikramaditya promises to change the balance of power in the Indian Ocean
A reinvented bureaucracy can provide a framework of stability and continuity in a troubled political time.
Unlike in India,cities across the world have war memorials in central locations
India needs a chief of defence staff and a system of theatre commands
The best democracies in the world have retained firm civilian control over their armed forces not by isolating them,but by involving them in the national security decision-making process
Establish procedures to keep the waters safe for ships and fisherfolk
Agni V is a vital component of Indias nuclear deterrence
Corruption in the armed forces is merely the symptom of a cancer embedded in our polity
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India needs to consider exactly how much force it can project in the South China Sea
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