Defence
Russia’s Military Understanding of Air Power: Structural & Doctrinal Aspects

The fog of war continues to hangover Ukraine even after eighty days, especially with facts difficult to discern amongst the information war running in parallel, biased reportage, and contradictory narratives based on the wide swath of international p....

Learning to Win Wars, Not Just Battles!

The Russo-Ukraine War 2022 has clearly indicated that warfare is changing at dramatic rate and scope and historical similarities might not provide any guidance to the future ones. Our experience of past wars would be divorced from realities of 21st C....

Discussion with Chairman DRDO on Self Reliance in Defence Technologies

VIF organised a round table discussion among Dr G Satheesh Reddy, the Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation), the strategic community and representatives from the private Indian defence ....

Ukraine: How is the Air and Air Defence War Unfolding ?

A Sequel
This work is the sequel to the author’s earlier work titled, “Why the Ukrainian skies are still contested” available at www.vifindia.org[1]. Building on the thread of the earlie....

Russia-Ukraine War: A Game of Vain Military Venture?

Military Theories Unheeded
Traditionally, over the centuries, the Russians have been the pioneers of original military strategic thinking. Even the world’s leading military thinkers, mainly the Prussians/Germans and British, have been ....

Why the Ukrainian Skies are still Contested- An Assessment

The posers that demand an answer:-
This work attempts an answer to the following posers in the context of the on-going air war between Russia and Ukraine:-
  1. How the forces measured up on both sides?
  2. How come till date, a....

India: Gearing Up for National Defence

Covenant of Defence Modernisation
In a welcome change from the past, particularly in the post-Doklam 2017 period, the nation is witnessing a coalescence of sensitivities on matters of national defence. This is a welcome attitudinal change ....

Drone swarms - a grave threat. Where are we?

Mass swarms of dozens or hundreds of drones guided by AI are increasingly being touted as the new lethal threats in the modern battlefield. The world got a taste of this emerging military technology in May 2021 during the 11-day conflict between Isr....

Cruise Missiles : where are we ? Where are our Potential Adversaries? What way ahead?

The Trigger Event
The morning chill on the 21stof Jan 22 got broken with a ‘warm’ news from the DRDO announcing the successful test firing of the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile from its test range in Odisha. While many will see th....

Strategic Leadership and Perspective Planning Workshop by VIF, Army War College and IIM, Indore

The VIF in collaboration with Army War College/Army Training Command and IIM Indore organised a "Strategic Leadership and Perspective Planning" capsule for three days from 24 to 26 November 2021 at the VIF in physical mode. There were 16 to 18 recent....

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