The writer is a retired chief of naval staff.
China’s maritime strategy calls for a paradigm shift in India’s defence-industrial programmes. But declining budgets, dysfunctional acquisitions could stymie strategic necessities.
Defence cooperation remains high on rhetoric, short on delivery. Both South Block and Capitol Hill need to do more to revitalise and elevate ties.
The absence of an over-arching vision which views the Indian Ocean region in a long-term perspective has led to the neglect of maritime issues critical to India’s vital interests
Continuing dependence on foreign arms, coupled with a dysfunctional acquisition process, is eroding the combat readiness of India’s armed forces.
India needs to mark 25 years of Indo-ASEAN by breaking diplomatic stasis, broadening horizons.
It must stay with Quad. It offers space for economic consolidation, strategic autonomy
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