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Army and upcoming elections in Myanmar
Jun 02, 2010

Army and upcoming elections in Myanmar

The army has hinted at fresh elections in 2010, with predictions of October 10 being the chosen day for polling

Army Aviation: Does the Army Needs it own Air Force?
Aug 23, 2023

Army Aviation: Does the Army Needs it own Air Force?

The National Security Initiative of the Observer Research Foundation held a workshop to examine the relevance of the Army Aviation Corps. This report details the outcome of a discussion amongst prominent defence personnel.

Army chief Bipin Rawat’s recent comment on CAA-NRC protests
Dec 30, 2019

Army chief Bipin Rawat’s recent comment on CAA-NRC protests

Bipin Rawat’s recent comment on CAA-NRC protests is not an aberration. Throughout his tenure, the Army chief’s political and moral attitudes reflect those of the government.

Army chief General Rawat has said nothing that should worry China
Sep 11, 2017

Army chief General Rawat has said nothing that should worry China

General Bipin Rawat was speaking at a seminar on the “future contours and trends of warfare”.This is the kind of stuff military people are likely to speak about when they are discussing issues in a seminar where issues are thrown up and scenarios discussed. This is something that the Chinese side probably does not understand because their military leaders usually speak to the public in tightly scripted environments.

Army doctrine undergoes change in nuclear era
Jun 29, 2006

Army doctrine undergoes change in nuclear era

Exercise Sanghe Shakti, held over one week in Punjab in May 2006, was designed to test the Indian Army¿s new concept for offensive operations in the plains. This was the most recent in a series of annual exercises that have included Poorna Vijay (2001), Vijay Chakra, Divya Astra, Vajra Shakti (May 2005) and Desert Strike (November 2005), all of which were all aimed at concentrating and coordinating firepower and fine-tuning

Army exercise showcases growing India-Singapore defence collaboration
Apr 18, 2019

Army exercise showcases growing India-Singapore defence collaboration

The broader convergence of strategic interests between India and Singapore is the driving factor for these engagements.

Army modernisation alone not enough
Jan 06, 2015

Army modernisation alone not enough

Several developments over the last few months have made clear that the Army modernisation programme, at least, is turning into a train wreck. This is not to say that all is well with the modernisation of the Air Force and the Navy, but just that the Army modernisation programme stands on far shakier ground, with minimal scope for results.

A Conceptual Relook at the Indian Army’s Terminal Air Defence
Dec 22, 2022

A Conceptual Relook at the Indian Army’s Terminal Air Defence

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has underlined the emerging realities of states’ air defence needs, including those for medium- and long-range air defence missile systems. The most important facet in the domain of air defence relates to terminal air defence—or the defence of a single object or a limited area like a ship, building or an airfield, now usually against air attacks and guided missiles. This report underscores the need for India to

A Conceptual Relook at the Indian Army’s Terminal Air Defence
Dec 27, 2022

A Conceptual Relook at the Indian Army’s Terminal Air Defence

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has underlined the emerging realities of states’ air defence needs, including those for medium- and long-range air defence missile systems. The most important facet in the domain of air defence relates to terminal air defence—or the defence of a single object or a limited area like a ship, building or an airfield, now usually against air attacks and guided missiles. This report underscores the need for India to

A soft coup in Islamabad: Army the clear winner
Aug 02, 2017

A soft coup in Islamabad: Army the clear winner

The Supreme Court's decision has given a huge jolt to the fragile democratic system. And, Sharif's political legacy is lying in tatters.

A spymaster who now has the Pakistan Army’s reins
Dec 01, 2022

A spymaster who now has the Pakistan Army’s reins

As the 17th Army Chief of Pakistan, General Syed Asim Munir faces challenges in ensuring political stability and elevating people’s perception of the Army, while India needs to wait and watch

Angry Army, Defiant Imran
Jun 08, 2023

Angry Army, Defiant Imran

Pakistan Army is unwilling to spare Imran Khan or his supporters, defenders, and protectors, especially in the judiciary

Are combat roles for women suitable in Army and Navy?
Nov 06, 2015

Are combat roles for women suitable in Army and Navy?

Allowing women in combat roles in the Air Force is very different from such deployments in Navy or Army. This is mainly because, while the Air Force can ensure their selective employment on tasks within our borders, the same does not hold true for naval ships or more so for the Army.

As China Strengthens Army Logistics, the Implications for India’s Eastern Frontier
Nov 26, 2021

As China Strengthens Army Logistics, the Implications for India’s Eastern Frontier

Logistics is meaningless if it cannot do what is central to war—fighting. In order to bolster the logistical capabilities of all the major service branches of the Chinese military—including the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), PLA Air Force (PLAAF), and the PLA Rocket Force (PLARF)—the People’s Republic of China (PRC) under President Xi Jinping established a Joint Logistic Support Force (JLSF) in 2016. To what extent does the JLSF

Assault weapons for the Indian Army and BrahMos Export: India must build on gains
Jan 27, 2022

Assault weapons for the Indian Army and BrahMos Export: India must build on gains

India would have to make the best use of the India-Russia joint venture by producing, improving, and inducting the new weapons into the Indian Armed F

Azadi March in Pakistan - Nawaz Sharif vs Army?
Aug 22, 2014

Azadi March in Pakistan - Nawaz Sharif vs Army?

The synchronised protest marches undertaken by Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and cleric Tahir-ul Qadri, chairman of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), culminated in a combined sit-in outside the Parliament building in Islamabad.

Captain, my captain! An army behind him
Jul 23, 2018

Captain, my captain! An army behind him

More than the Pakistani elections of 2018, it is the Indian General Elections 2019 that could see some movement on the Indo-Pak track, if at all.

CCP’s 20th Congress: Xi’s Return and Implications for the People’s Liberation Army
Jan 20, 2023

CCP’s 20th Congress: Xi’s Return and Implications for the People’s Liberation Army

The quinquennial National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is typically the venue for political leadership changes and any restructuring of the country’s military apparatus. However, the 20th CCP Congress in October 2022 saw Chinese President Xi Jinping consolidate his control over the state and military. This brief seeks to understand what Xi’s third term as CCP chief and Central Military Commission chair will mean for t

China’s Cruise Missile Capabilities: Implications for the Indian Army and Air Force
Apr 10, 2023

China’s Cruise Missile Capabilities: Implications for the Indian Army and Air Force

This brief evaluates the state and development of China’s cruise missile capabilities, specifically that of its air-launched and ground-launched missile forces. It finds that China has developed a formidable inventory of cruise missiles, which poses a threat to India’s own military infrastructure.  The brief lays out the imperative for India: to build up its long-range cruise missile forces. It argues that India’s current capabilities woul

Coup by Court — The Pakistani Army's new modus operandi
Sep 12, 2017

Coup by Court — The Pakistani Army's new modus operandi

In earlier coups, the Army used the Court as an afterthought to "justify" its actions. Now for the time the Court was used as the first port of call

Does headcount communalise army?
Feb 22, 2006

Does headcount communalise army?

Globalisation reduces commodities and perceptions to a common destiny. Thus a spectre that is haunting the west, of Muslim group identity, seems to have reached India too.

Electronic and cyber warfare: A comparative analysis of the PLA and the Indian Army
Jul 17, 2019

Electronic and cyber warfare: A comparative analysis of the PLA and the Indian Army

Cyber Warfare (CW) and Electronic Warfare (EW) are crucial to combat in modern warfare. Both are products of Signals Intelligence and constitute one part of Information Warfare (IW) and what is known as Network Centric Warfare (NCW). This paper explores how the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China and the Indian Army (IA) have approached CW and EW. Both the PLA and the IA acknowledge NCW as doctrinally important. Organisationally and in Comm

Epaulettes and suits: Can Pakistan’s new army chief reorient its political character?
Dec 12, 2022

Epaulettes and suits: Can Pakistan’s new army chief reorient its political character?

The interrelationship between the troika—president, prime minister and the army chief—impairs Pakistan’s political system

Escalate to deter the Pakistan army
May 05, 2017

Escalate to deter the Pakistan army

It is the fear of escalation, which the Pakistan army has masked behind bombastic threats, that India needs to exploit.

Examining Pakistan Army's new doctrine
Jan 04, 2013

Examining Pakistan Army's new doctrine

Pakistan Army recently declared adopting a new doctrine of war fighting, termed sub-conventional warfare, in its policy document, the Green Book. The book, published at regular intervals, is a manual of new doctrines and guidelines which the GHQ distributes among senior military officials.

Extremism in Pak Army poses grave threat to world
Aug 13, 2010

Extremism in Pak Army poses grave threat to world

The US Quadrennial Defense Review panel's recent (July 29, 2010) report to the US Congress had a very telling remark about Pakistan Army and its intelligence agencies which raises a whole new spectre of violence the world is likely to confront in the years ahead.

FOB job for Army: Beginning of a new trend?
Nov 06, 2017

FOB job for Army: Beginning of a new trend?

With the announcement of employing the Army to construct three Foot Over Bridges (FOB), there are questions that the government needs to answer.

From Army to Army: BTS steps up to military conscription
Nov 04, 2022

From Army to Army: BTS steps up to military conscription

BTS announcing the start of their conscription provides a crucial precedent for South Korean compulsory military service

Honour above all: A lesson for the Indian army in the US military response to Trump’s bigotry
Aug 21, 2017

Honour above all: A lesson for the Indian army in the US military response to Trump’s bigotry

The Indian army’s higher leadership must reflect on its role as the sword arm of the republic, and have a clear vision of itself as the upholder of law.

Honour the forgotten Army
Feb 01, 2019

Honour the forgotten Army

It’s ironical that the military is treated as an appendage by those very institutions that ascended to power post-Independence after collaborating with the British

How radicalised is Pakistan Army?
Sep 20, 2007

How radicalised is Pakistan Army?

How radicalised is Pakistan Army today? was the question which formed the focal point of an intense discussion organised by Observer Research Foundation on September 20. Well-known academics, journalists, experts and military officers attended the discussion which was chaired by Mr Vikram Sood, Vice President (International Affairs), ORF and former chief of Research & Analysis Wing.

In bucking army seniority, Modi takes a leaf from Pakistani playbook
Dec 20, 2016

In bucking army seniority, Modi takes a leaf from Pakistani playbook

A hard look at our politics and society suggests it may be a good idea to go by seniority alone till we become more complete ‘Indians’

Indian Army's year of technological advancement in 2024
Feb 03, 2024

Indian Army's year of technological advancement in 2024

While the Indian Army’s emphasis on integrating advanced tools reflects a proactive response to evolving challenges, a broader transformation warran

Indian Army’s drone use: Satellite navigation in GPS-denied environments
Dec 05, 2023

Indian Army’s drone use: Satellite navigation in GPS-denied environments

The Indian Army needs to move with great alacrity to secure drone capabilities that are operable in GPS-denied combat environments to counter any atta

Indian Army’s search for indigenous light tank: A step forward with Zorawar
Jul 15, 2024

Indian Army’s search for indigenous light tank: A step forward with Zorawar

The Light Battle Tank Zorawar, which is a collaborative effort between Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and the Defence Research and Development Organisati