JDIAF,Military Doctrines,National Security

India’s joint doctrine: A lost opportunity

The Integrated Defence Staff released the first-ever public joint doctrine for the Indian armed forces (JDIAF-2017) in April 2017. Absent a publicly articulated national security strategy, the joint doctrine presents important clues about what that strategy might be. This paper examines JDIAF-2017 in conjunction with other Indian military doctrines, public writings of leading Indian strategists, as well as foreign military doctrines and strategies that influence Indian military thinking.


Abhijnan Rej

Shashank Joshi