Experts Speak

  • August 21, 2017
    The Tank Biathlon fiasco – Need for introspection
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Naturally there was great euphoria when during the run up to the semifinal for the recent Tank Biathlon held at the 2017 International Army Games at the Alabino Range training ground outside Moscow, where the Indian team performed exceedingly...

  • August 21, 2017
    The Doklam spill
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Never had one heard of any military in the world stooping so low as to indulge in stone-pelting.

  • August 21, 2017
    Indo-US Defence Cooperation – Geostrategic elevation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The US Departments of Defence (DoD) and State Department, in a recent joint report to their Congress, said, "We see a growing convergence with India on our strategic outlook for the region, and we view India as an increasingly important regional security partner within and beyond the Indo-Asia-Pacific region."

  • August 11, 2017
    Confronting the Dragon
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The need of the hour is for the Indian armed forces to be prepared to meet with the challenges of a two-front war in the worst case scenario.

  • August 10, 2017
    Enhancement of Defence Budget 2017-18
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd.)

    A few days ago there was a report in the media regarding non-availability of certain categories of ammunition which was causing great concern among the Services...

  • August 10, 2017
    Rejuvenation – A Crying Need for India's Submarine Fleet
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    There is an emerging view that despite the approved programmes for rejuvenation, India is unlikely to have a credible submarine fleet by 2030 to match the emerging prowess of China in this segment of maritime power.

  • August 10, 2017
    Pakistan – in US terror spotlight
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The US has listed Pakistan among the nations providing "safe havens" to terrorists, saying terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and JeM continued to operate, train, organize and fundraise inside the country.

  • August 10, 2017
    China conquers Hambantota
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Sri Lanka's Hambantota port has been officially transferred to China for 99 years by the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

  • August 10, 2017
    Switching military uniforms to Khadi would be retrograde
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to a media reports, the Khadi Villages Industries Commission (KVIC) had requested the Armed Forces to consider using Khadi uniforms for security personnel, and the Ministry of Defence has sent specifications of military uniforms to the KVIC.

  • August 10, 2017
    Additional defence allocation of Rs 20,000 crore will only bridge partial criticalities
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports, the MoD has sought an "urgent" additional allotment of Rs 20,000 crore for combat readiness of Armed Forces.

  • August 10, 2017
    First indigenous unmanned tank
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In 2006, it was announced that India will be pursuing technologies for developing a robotic army.

  • August 10, 2017
    UAV swarming – Needs focus
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Coinciding with China's military parade to mark the 90th birthday of the Peoples Liberation Army, China's first batch of unmanned aerial vehicles conducted live fire drills.

  • July 31, 2017
    Beyond the 18th Vijay Diwas
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 18th Vjay Diwas will be celebrated with the usual aplomb on July 26; wreath laying, homage and tributes to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in evicting the treacherous enemy.

  • July 31, 2017
    Terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims – What beyond?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The dastardly terrorist attack on the bus carrying 60 Amarnath pilgrims returning post visiting the cave on July 10 indicates more terror in the offing, requiring ramped up security and adherence to rules of movement.

  • July 31, 2017
    CPEC – China’s yokel of terror
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to Pakistani media, there was a major attack on Pakistan Navy at Jiwani in Gwadar on June 19 when four gunmen on two bikes ambushed a vehicle of navy officers when they were on a routine round.

  • July 31, 2017
    Malabar 2017 – Guilty conscience pricks China
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During Malabar 2016 conducted in the Western Pacific, the Chinese media had gone ballistic alleging that the “Malabar naval exercise involving the Indian, US...

  • July 31, 2017
    Souring Iran-Pakistan relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The decline in Iran-Pakistan relations is continuing, the major reason being the same as in India-Pakistan and Afghanistan-Pakistan relations; Pakistan sponsored terrorism. In May this year, Iran warned Pakistan that it would hit terrorist safe havens inside Pakistan if the Pakistani Government does not confront militants...

  • July 31, 2017
    Special Operations Division
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    At the recent two day Unified Commanders’ Conference held on 10-11 July, Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra apprised the audience that the Defence Cyber & Space...

  • July 13, 2017
    Full Financial Powers to Vice-Chief of the Army Staff to Maintain Combat-Readiness
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    Considering the prevailing threats across the Line of Control (LoC) against Pakistan and the Line of Actual Control (LAC) against China...

  • July 7, 2017
    PM Modi’s historic visit to Israel
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Israel from July 4 to July 6 was historic being the first Prime Minister of India to visit Israel.

  • July 7, 2017
    Defined Strategic Partnership boosting Make in India – but much work remains
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defining the ‘Strategic Partnership’ (SP) took some 18 months after the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2016 was released.

  • July 7, 2017
    Why are Kashmiris killing Their Own?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It was in August 2016 that Asim Umar, chief of Al Qaeda’s South Asia branch (AQIS) gave the call for Indian Muslims to rise and carry out lone wolf attacks in India particularly targeting IPS and IAS officers.

  • July 7, 2017
    Another ISRO Milestone — more to follow
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket's XL variant lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota at 9.29 AM on June 23, carrying earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger...

  • July 7, 2017
    India-China Standoff — deliberate Chinese move
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On June 20, Bhutan served a demarche to China against the Chinese arbitrary action of constructing a road the Doklam Plateau, which is property of the King of Bhutan.

  • July 7, 2017
    Chahabar — and US-Iran tensions
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The trilateral engagement between India, Iran and Afghanistan during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Iran in May 2016 was historic, expanding avenues of trade for India with Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and Russia through the International North South Transportation Corridor (INSTC).

  • June 30, 2017
    A historic meeting
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The historic meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump is expected to propel the relationship between India and the US to greater heights.