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DCN Unveiled – but how to Talk?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar dedicated the Defence Communication Network (DCN) to the nation on July 1, 2016.
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Excalibur Dumped – Army’s assault rifle hunt goes on
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

As per media reports, the Army has junked DRDO’s 5.56mm Excalibur assault rifle.
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K9 Vajra-T: maiden private sector artillery
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

K9 Vajra-T is an indigenized version of the Samsung mobile howitzer, which is the maiden artillery gun venture of India’s private sector.
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BrahMos-Sukhoi: deep strike-deadly combo
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Integration of the Su-30 MKI aircraft with the supersonic BrahMos missile and its successful maiden flight last month is a giant strategic stride...
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Membership of MTCR for India
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

The aim of the MTCR is to restrict the proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems and unmanned air vehicles capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction.
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Flying Daggers 45 takes wings
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

Indian Air Force’s first squadron of home-grown light combat aircraft Tejas became a reality with the induction of two aircraft into the force on July 1, 2016.
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100% FDI in Defence is good move
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Government has announced that FDI in the Defence Sector is permitted to 100% level. Till now, the FDI regime permitted 49% FDI participation in the equity of a company under automatic route.
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Women breaking barriers!
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

The commissioning of female pilots into the fighter stream of the IAF...
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Exercise MALABAR – 2016 in the Strategic Calculus of India
By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd)

Indian Naval (IN) Ships Satpura, Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch participated in the recently concluded 20th edition of Exercise MALABAR-2016...
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Coping with Drone Terror
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

With two Interpol red corner notices ticked under his belt and well protected in Pakistan despite being the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed recently threatened...
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DPP 2016 uploaded – what is new
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

On 8 June 2016, MoD uploaded on its website the DPP 2016 Chapters I to VI including Appendices and Annexures.
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Defence Procurement – foreign firms allowed agents
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Under the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2016, issued on 8th June 2016,foreign entities have been allowed to engage agents for defence deals under a strict set of conditions...
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Asia Pacific – China plays leech and bully
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

As the 100,000 ton US aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis which carries F-18 fighter jets, joined the naval ships of Japan and India in the seas...
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NSG – India on cusp of membership
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The preliminary technical meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in Vienna on June 9 discussed the new applications from India, Pakistan...
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MTCR – Gateway to Nuclear Suppliers Group
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Established in April 1987 by G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany...
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Kickstarting space shuttle – Major milestone
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Even as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was poised to launch 22 satellites from a single mission in June 2016, on May 23, 2016, ISRO successfully launched its prototype space shuttle that splashed down...
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Fast Track Defence Reforms – where is the horse?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In a series of interviews with the media, Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar has said that he has now set the stage for far-reaching defence reforms...
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Defence Exports – looking ahead
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

According to Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) annual report, the defence public sector untertakings (DPSUs), Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and...
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DRDO – In news for wrong reasons again
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is again in the news because of wrong reasons.
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BrahMos to Vietnam: Why is China bellyaching?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s recent visit to Singapore, including attending the Shangri-La Dialogues further enhanced the revised Defence Cooperation Agreement 2015 and India-Singapore Joint Declaration...
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Two-year achievements – Tackle brass tacks
By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The extravaganza post completion of the present government on May 26 highlighting achievements in the past two years was expected, as a lot has certainly happened in this period.
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Blacklisting versus defence preparedness
By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The government has decided to cancel all ongoing tenders for defence...
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Upping strategic cooperation
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Iran following his recent visit to Saudi Arabia and UAE was historic, being part of India’s recalibration to Middle East and West Asia. Prime Minister Modi’s visit came 15 years after the previous prime ministerial visit.
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A Naval Thoroughbred at the Helm
By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd)

Admiral Sunil Lanba, a Naval Thoroughbred and until recently the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, has assumed the high office of the Chief of the Naval Staff on May 31, 2016...
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Dilemma of Defence Spending
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

A report of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence stated that the enhancement in the Defence Budget for the year 2016-17 over the previous year, was meagre and insufficient.
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Are Our Politicians Losing Interest in India’s Defence?
By General V.P. Malik (Retd), Former COAS

After Kargil war, during which I made that famous statement: “We shall fight with whatever we have”, India’s defence budget was raised to 2.41 per cent of its GDP.
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FDI in Defence – Remains elusive
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In a written reply given to the Parliament in response to a question about FDI in defence, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said...
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Hi-tech Border Fence – Good, but not enough by itself
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

As reported in the media, government has approved the establishment of a ‘Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System' (CIBMS)...
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Draft Map Policy – What about defence and security?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The MHA has released the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016, which open to public for comments till June 03. Under this bill, government Centre will set up Security Vetting Authority (SVA)...
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Shangri-La Dialogue – Sending Defence Minister is good
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

As per media reports, Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar will address the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) scheduled in Singapore in first week June.
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Indo-Nepal Relations – Something going amiss
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Before his recent six-day visit to India, Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at one stage had blamed India saying his dream to develop the Himalayan nation as "vibrant" had been shattered by the "embargo imposed by India".
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Defence Spending – Faux pas in MoD
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

AK Anthony during his decade long tenure as defence minister maintained that budget allocations were more than adequate and more...
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Parrikar's China visit – Beijing remains obdurate
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s maiden visit to China was in the backdrop of China using her veto at the UN to prevent Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar being designated terrorist.
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Recipe for success
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

Unless the Indian aerospace and defence industry has access to the global market, the prospects of success of ‘Make in India’ campaign is likely to remain plagued by uncertainty
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Maritime India Summit and Sagar Mala – Strategic moves
By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The first ever Maritime India Summit 2016 held in Mumbai on April 14-16, 2016, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Indigenous GPS – What it means
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with many awed Indians, watched the successful launch of ISRO’s PSLV-C33 Satellite Launch Vehicle...
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Japanese Stealth Fighter
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

The Japanese defence industry has been unshackled from the national policy of pacifism and has received the much needed impetus...
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Naval Commanders’ Conference - 01/2016
By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd)

“Indian Navy’s role is not only vital for national security, but also for national prosperity and development”. - Admiral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff
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Army conducts Exercise Shatrujeet to validate strike capability
By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

Exercise Shatrujeet is an operational oriented exercise which is focused...
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A Gust of Wind!
By Air Chief Marshal Fali H Major (Retd)

The gust of wind (Rafale) is going to kick start the exercise to augment the depleting Squadron strength of the Indian Air Force soon.
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A welcome breakthrough!
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

With the breakthrough in the deal of the 36 Rafale jets, finally, there is the proverbial ‘light at the end of the tunnel’!
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Super Hornet or the Fighting Falcon
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

The requirement of the IAF is not for a light-weight fighter but for a medium to heavy weight combat aircraft capable of operating over long range without in-flight refuelling, preferably, powered by two engines...
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DPP 2016 – the long and short of it
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

DPP 2016 was released by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 28 March 2016 coinciding with the inauguration of DefExpo 2016 in Goa...
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Internet of Things: will LiFi replace WiFi?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Some 40% of the world population has an internet connection presently. In 1995, this figure was less than 1% but the dramatic increase commenced from 1999 with tenfold increase between 1999 and 2013.
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Mini Air Vehicles – will army get them soon?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In August last year the Army had issued a request for information (RFI) for 600 mini aerial vehicles (MAVs).
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South China Sea – Dragon laying eggs
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

India has never claimed the Indian Ocean but China has been saying periodically that Indian Ocean does not belong to India...
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Nuclear Security Summit – and the ground realities
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

While President Obama talked of “one of the greatest threats to global security — terrorists getting their hands on a weapon of mass destruction” at the two-day Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) held in Washington recently...
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Protecting Masood Azhar – China bares fangs
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

By blocking the move by the United Nations to act against Masood Azhar, JeM chief, for his terrorist activities and masterminding the terrorist attack on the IAF base at Patahnkot on January 2, China has unambiguously declared that it sides with Pakistan in latter’s anti-India terrorist activities.
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Modi’s Saudi Arabia Visit – countering terrorism and more
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

What perhaps went unnoticed was that as a prelude to Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the US treasury department announced...
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Indo-US Defence Ties
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

India and the US share strategic objectives and one area in which in there is positive convergence between the two nations is the rising threat from China.
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Indo-US Military Ties Deepening – but so are US-Pakistan
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Writing in the Washington Post on March 3, Dan Lamothe in an article titled ‘The US And India Are Deepening Military Ties - And China Is Watching’ has referred to Admiral Harry B Harris Jr, US Pacific Command urging India...
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Defence Budget 2016-2017
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar chaired a Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting on February 22, holding that arms acquisition proposals...
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Visit of PM Oli – restoring goodwill
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s six-day visit to India, first foreign visit after becoming PM has ushered in the much needed uptick in bilateral relations after the Madhesi agitation in Nepal blockading...
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Big Ticket Make in India - in defence
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Make in India is in the air including in the defence sector, with big ticket projects on the anvil. Senior defence officials of foreign countries are making a beeline for India, with US Defence Secretary too slated...
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Special Operations Command – needed urgently
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Amidst numerous recommendation of the Naresh Chandra Committee, one was establishment of a Special Operations Command. India has been combating proxy wars for over past three decades.
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Pathankot, Pampore – and Indo-Pak talks
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Just as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar accused Pakistan of “pretending to sleep” and not being serious about the probe into the Pathankot airbase terror attack, came the terrorist attack in Pampore where this time...
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Passenger Drone – new platform for terror?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Intelligence reports of Pakistani terrorists using drones for terrorist attacks against India have been on for past two years.
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Spectrum Woes – ignoring military requirements
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Developing India requires loads of money and spectrum sure is lot of money.
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C4I2SR – is this getting adequate attention?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The increasing importance C4I2SR is unquestionable. Battlefield requirements have changed with long range precision weapons...
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Technology Vision 2035 – what about defence?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) under the Ministry of Science & Technology has come out...
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Pakistan – no change in terror proliferation
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

With reference to Pakistani involvement in the terrorist strike on Pathankot IAF base on January 1, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had stated that there is no reason to doubt Pakistani cooperation in the probe.
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DPP 2016 – Big changes, big expectations
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

The most important takeaway of the new Defence Procurement Policy is the increase in the offset baseline from Rs. 300 crore to Rs. 2,000 crore, besides the focus on reducing delays in procurements.
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S-400 Triumf for India's air defence
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

India has cleared the acquisition of five S-400 Triumf air defence missile...
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Chinks in border fencing: But what about facilitators
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

The bottom line is that while India should go for the latest technology, it should also eliminate the mafia within its border areas, besides establishing credible deterrence to Pakistan’s proxy war.
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Hypersonic weapons to missile on rails – China readies for global war
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

China is among three nations that are developing hypersonic weapons...
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Hype vs reality
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

Will the Tejas be able to make an impact in the discerning global market where the platform will be subjected to intense scrutiny by aerospace professionals from across the world?
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Terrorist Attack at Pathankot
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

For Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the latest terrorist attack at Pathankot has emerged as a major challenge to his initiative to revive dialogue with Pakistan.
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Modi’s Lahore Surprise – future portends?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The surprise sprung by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his hitherto unannounced visit to Lahore was received with shock an awe at home – first reports coming in that Modi will be hosted by Nawaz Sharif...
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MoD – “bad” is putting it mildly
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Media recently ran a headline titled ‘The ministry of defence is a bad organization with no accountability’: Gen V P Malik’, publishing an interview with the former Army Chief.
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Critical Skies – anyone bothered?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Close on the warning last year by the BJP MP Maj Gen BC Khanduri...
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Abe’s Visit – special strategic partnership goes more special
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The strategic significance of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India comes not because it is in the following year...
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Heart of Asia – will Pakistan withdraw the knife?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The ‘Heart of Asia’ conference in Islamabad was the fifth in the series of ministerial level meetings that have been ongoing since 2011...
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Indo-Russian Bonds – remain strong
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Russia later in the month to attend the annual India-Russia Summit.
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Indo-Pak Dialogue – is Pakistani military on board?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The breakthrough in Indo-Pak relations in Islamabad recently is a welcome step close on the heels of the NSAs of the two countries in Bangkok.
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PLA focus versus Indian intransigence
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

Media is abuzz with news of Chinese announcement of a major military overhaul by putting her armed forces under a joint operational military command to build it into “an elite combat force” by 2020, as put by President Xi Jinping.
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Boeing and TASL to form a Joint Venture
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

Joint ventures (JV) between foreign and Indian companies are not a new phenomenon for the industrial sector in India. Despite its insular nature, the Indian defence and aerospace industry entered into agreements for licensed production of military aircraft and weapons systems...
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Lessons from 26/11 – what have we learned?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Many would question what have we learned from the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks that created Mayhem and created national uproar in 2008?
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Airstrikes on ISIS
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The world must acknowledge that ISIS may have 14th century ideology but it has access to technology and weaponry of the current century.
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Nishant Dumped Finally – when will we privatise?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Yet another failed crash landing of DRDO’s Nishant UAV shows the dismal state of the governmental defence-industrial complex.
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Myanmar turns a new leaf
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

Myanmar’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, has won a resounding victory, sweeping through Myanmar’s elections with 37 additional seats...
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Terror Strikes Paris Again – worst ever
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

A state of emergency has been declared in France following multiple terror attacks on November 13.
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PM Modi’s UK Visit
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

With 1.4 million Indian origin Britons ready to welcome PM Modi and the need for PM David Cameron to woo them, the stage was already set for a successful UK visit by Modi.
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FDI in Defence – ease of business?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

On November 10, the government announced a host of measures to ease business along with FDI reforms in 15 sectors including defence, stating that FDI bids worth up to 49% of equity will now progress through the so-called "automatic route".
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FDI in the Indian Defence Industry
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

The major global investors seeking to make large investments in the defence sector, are unlikely to find the change to be a significant departure from the past.
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South China Sea – testing times
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

South China Sea (SCS) is increasingly in the news with speculations about a likely US-China confrontation.
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Nawaz Sharif’s US visit - Implications for South Asia
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

As prelude to the Obama-Shariff meet, Pakistani foreign secretary Aziz Chaudhary proclaimed that Pakistan’s development...
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Downing Drones – big and small
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The rapid advance of drone technology has had alarm bells ringing across the globe.
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Digital India – address apprehensions
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

To say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a big success would be an understatement especially in context of the response he received...
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Pakistan – from terrorism to nuclear terrorism
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In his book 'A Hard Country', the author Anatol Lieven’s book cites a Pakistani diplomat remarking about the US that it cannot lay down pre-conditions on Pakistan about Afghanistan when “you are losing”.
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Naval Commanders' Conference - 02/2015
By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd)

The second edition of bi-annual Naval Commanders' Conference was conducted at New Delhi from October 26 to 28, 2015.
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Gwadar – China has her way
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Though the 50-year lease of Gilgit-Baltistan to China has been kept under wraps by the Pakistani government despite reports...
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UCAV Race in Subcontinent
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Pakistan's army spokesman announced on September 7 that Pakistan’s indigenous Burraq armed drone was used to hit a terrorist compound in Shawai Valley killing three high profile targets.
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Border Protoclols – can they be effective
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

After the aborted NSA level India-Pakistan talks, the three day Director General talks between the Border Security Force and Pakistani Rangers...
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Fifth Joint India – China Counter Terrorism Exercise
By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

The fifth joint counter terrorism exercise by troops of the Indian Army and China’s PLA got underway on 12 October 2015. The exercise termed "Hand-in-Hand 2015" will terminate on 23 October 2015.
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The Indian Air Force Turns 83
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

On October 08, 2015, the IAF turned 83, an occasion that was celebrated with enthusiasm and pride in all its units and establishments across the nation.
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A National War Memorial in India
By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

The clamour for a national war memorial from the armed forces and even non government bodies has been fairly loud in the past decade or so. This is especially noteworthy because in the past 67 years since independence, the Indian Armed forces have been constantly involved...
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