Sushant Singh

India eyes military expansion; Sitharaman to spend Diwali with soldiers in Andaman tri-service command
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

The Navy is also in the process of constructing three forward operating bases (FOBs) in the islands to allow its Khukri class corvettes to be distributed across various locations in the archipelago.

Coming soon: Ministry of Defence’s cyber, space, special operations divisions
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

According to sources, the proposals for the three new formations — Defence Cyber Agency, Defence Space Agency and a Special Operations Division — are with other ministries for approval as the resources for them have to come from “accretion and not under save-and-raise”.

On Indian military decisions of today, shadow of a pyrrhic victory yesterday
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Over October 12-13, 1987, the Indian Army launched its war on the LTTE with a poorly planned heliborne assault on Jaffna — and came away with a heavy loss of men and blows to its military reputation

IAF Chief B S Dhanoa: Indian Air Force can fight two-front war with current strength
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Air Chief Dhanoa said the IAF will reach its authorised strength of 42 fighter squadrons by the end of the 15th plan

Doklam: About 1,000 Chinese troops still near standoff area
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

The presence of the People’s Liberation Army has thinned in the area after the process of “disengagement” began on August 28.

Post-Doklam, no invite from China for its National Day border meet
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

This is the first time since 2005 that there was no border personnel meeting (BPM) held on the India-China border.

The War That Wasn’t Televised
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

This book on India’s military operations is the uncritical authorised version, but it ends the meaningless tradition of secrecy.

What the surgical strike achieved
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

A year on, the radical initiative after the Uri attack has attained its political aim. Its strategic goals, however, have not been fully realised

Doklam faceoff: China deployed more, standoff began earlier
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

When tensions rose between the two sides, the Chinese had built up their presence to a size that exceeded a division opposite Sikkim. The Indian Army had also matched the build-up but did not feel the need to get troops close to the border due to the shorter distance

India-US ties: Jim Mattis to arrive, focus on ‘cementing progress’
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who arrives in New Delhi late Monday night, will leave for Kabul early on Wednesday.

Can we do another surgical strike? Yes. Glass ceiling has been broken: Lt General D S Hooda (retd)
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Lt General D S Hooda (retd) who led the surgical strikes tells The Indian Express that the operation went according to plan and adds a serious option to India’s range of responses to terror attacks

Lt General D S Hooda: Was wary of Pakistan retaliation after surgical strike
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Calling the successful operation a shattering of the glass ceiling, Lt Gen Hooda said the Army can do another successful surgical strike.

Year after surgical strikes: Surge in death count of both soldiers, militants
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Since the surgical strikes, 178 militants have been killed, both in the Kashmir Valley and on the LoC — 31 between October and December last year, and the rest this year.

Only Marshal of IAF, hero of 1965, Arjan Singh shaped the force
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Arjan Singh in hospital on Saturday, mourned his death. “We remember his outstanding service to the nation,” he said.

50 years before Doklam, there was Nathu La: Recalling a very different standoff
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

At 14,200 feet, Nathu La is an important pass on the Tibet-Sikkim border through which passes the old Gangtok-Yatung-Lhasa trade route. Chinese and Indian soldiers are deployed barely 30 metres apart — the closest they are anywhere along the 3,488 km Sino-Indian border.

Disengagement at Doklam: Troops stepped back 150 metres each side, remain on plateau
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed a successful visit to China for the BRICS summit, new details have emerged about the disengagement of Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam area last week. 

Testing the world: Why North Korea’s ‘hydrogen bomb’ may portend a danger like no other
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

If the North Korean claim of having exploded a hydrogen device is correct, it would mean that it has arrived at a major technological milestone well ahead of all predictions.

Nirmala Sitharaman, 58, Defence Minister: Procurement to Make in India, all eyes on how she executes reforms
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Once the attention shifts from new Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s gender she will be judged according to how well she implements a reforms roadmap that is already in place.

What not to learn from Doklam
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

India should not overestimate its own military strength, and the support of other powers, in a conflict with China

Not more Rafales, Air Force may choose Gripens or F-16s
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

The selection between these two single-engine fighter jets will be done using the Strategic Partnership (SP) model while there are no immediate plans to induct more twin-engine Rafale aircraft.

Govt clears first phase of Army reforms: Redeploying staff, new combat units
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley announced that 65 of the 99 recommendations have been approved for implementation. The Ministry of Defence has already begun with the decision to close 39 military farms in a time-bound manner.

Haldighati and elsewhere: Battle honours wanted and unwanted
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

It was a proposal once discussed in the Battle Honours Committee of the defence ministry, during a thorough review of the battle honours after India became a republic in 1950.

Interview: Society has changed in Kashmir, it’s not enough to say oh, you must talk, says Shiv Shankar Menon
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

"Terrorism is not the kind of strategic threat that is in the public mind and in the media. If you look at deaths from terrorism, they have come down steadily," said Shiv Shankar Menon.

Standoff at trijunction with Bhutan over: India, China withdraw troops from Doklam
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

A government source told The Indian Express that the withdrawal of troops has been “mutual” and “simultaneous”, but “sequential”. However, the source refused to elaborate on which side began the withdrawal.

Doklam thaw at BRICS if both prepare well: Shivshankar Menon
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Asked about the possibility of a breakthrough on Doklam at BRICS, Menon, who has also served as Ambassador to China, said that would happen but only “if the summit is prepared well by both sides, they actually talk about these issues before hand”.

Revelation space
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

A succinct lesson in strategy and forward thinking through the prism of a hypothetical international conflict scenario

Ladakh scuffle: The importance of Pangong Tso
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

An ‘incident’ involving Indian and Chinese troops took place last week on the banks of the Himalayan lake made famous by Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots. Why is this long, thin finger of breathtaking beauty contested so fiercely by the two countries?

Ex-officer puts out video ‘showing’ scuffle in Ladakh between Indian, Chinese troops
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The 44-second-long clip, which was posted by Lt General Prakash Katoch (retd) on his Facebook page on Saturday afternoon, shows stone-pelting, shoving, kicking and injuries sustained by soldiers on both sides

Ladakh scuffle: MEA confirms ‘incident’ between soldiers of India, China
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

In addition to the Ladakh incident, the increasing number of Chinese patrols in disputed border areas is also adding to the worry on the Indian side.

Doklam standoff: Indian, Chinese patrols clash on Ladakh lake, PLA skips Independence Day meets
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Doklam standoff: As tensions mount over the standoff at the trijunction with Bhutan, the PLA skipped the ceremonial border meetings on Independence Day. This is the first time since 2005 that this meeting on August 15 was not held.

Doklam row: EU embassies in wait-and-watch mode
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Embassies of the three major European countries have been in constant touch with their governments, besides being briefed by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the developing situation.

Heroes and Hero Worship
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

The soldier in Indian social consciousness has evolved — from being looked upon as a member of a colonial army to the last word on patriotism.

Cautiously, Army raises alert level in Arunachal Pradesh as Chinese officials meet US counterparts
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

In the eastern sector, as reported by The Indian Express, Army units in Sikkim have already been staged forward as they undertake their Operational Alert this month which has been advanced from October. No movement of troops has, however, taken place in Ladakh, the other major area where India and China share a disputed border.

China steps up troop presence at Doklam seven weeks into standoff
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Doklam standoff: PLA soldiers pitch 80 tents; Army advances exercise for units in Sikkim. The Indian Express has learnt that the number of Chinese troops in the area is estimated to be less than 800, which means that it is not a full PLA infantry battalion.

Two options on Doklam standoff: Let Bhutan troops replace India’s, wait until November
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

The option of a prolonged standoff is based on the premise, sources said, that the Chinese would not like to escalate the situation to a military conflict.

Why 2017 is not 1987
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

A more nationalistic Beijing and the location of the dispute make the current India-China crisis different from the earlier stand-off