National Security and Strategic Studies
International Security: Review of 2020 & Projections for 2021

The year 2020 shall be recorded as an unprecedented year in the modern history of humankind. The outbreak of China-origin Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) has eclipsed the events in global security. On one side, the spread of coronavirus enforced....

Dialectics of Political Aims, Modern War and Victory

The PLA transgressions of 2020 in Eastern Ladakh, the large induction of units and formations that followed brought the PLA and Indian Army face to face, often in a nail-biting situation. The Agreements signed with China over three decades had been l....

The Drones of Nagorno-Karabakh....Where are we?

This article is a sequel to the author’s preceding work titled, “Why the drones turned the tide for Azerbaijan”1. The previous work analysed the reasons as to why Armenia suffered such crippling losses attributed mainly to drone ....

The New National Security Directive will Strengthen Telecom Security

In a landmark decision, the Cabinet Committee on Security has taken steps to strengthen the security of telecom networks in India.1 Henceforth, it will be mandatory for the telecom network providers to use only ‘trusted products’ from....

Space Situational Awareness (SSA): AN Essential Strategic Requirement

General
Usage of space by own forces and its denial to adversary has grown to become essential for modern militaries. Today, space is increasingly being viewed as enabler for conduct of own operations and the 'Achilles heel' which if targ....

Of Bulls, Boys and Bananas: A Realistic Look at Vaccine Transportation

Now that we have possibly viable candidates for the COVID-19 vaccine, the media frenzy has moved on to another plane – how to store and transport vaccines. Especially the Pfizer vaccine, which needs to be stored at -70°Celsius - colder than winter....

Love Jihad: Loving for religion

Jihad means any effort to promote Islam. Can love (marriage) be integral to promoting Islam? Neutral and Islamic sources say ‘yes, it can be and is’ Robert Epstein, a Harvard psychologist who has researched marriages, contrasts the love marria....

U.S. Department of Defence Annual Report of 2020 on China’s Military Power: Implications for India’s Maritime Security

The US Department of Defence (DoD) Annual Report of 2020 on China Military Power released in September 2020 brings out China’s meteoric military progress in recent years. The report states that China is already ahead of the United States in certain....

Rudram -1: A Step Forward on the Road to Self-reliance

These are indeed exciting times. Seven indigenous weapon systems tested in a time-run of just ten weeks; Shaurya hypersonic missile, BrahMos Extended Range (ER) missile, Prithvi nuclear capable missile, Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HS....

Infrastructure Development as a Force Multiplier

Introduction
India and China share border of 4056 Km in length (as per Ministry of Home Affairs). Compromised by China’s military aggression in 1962, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh’s Sub Sector North (SSN) delineates that p....

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