The unconfirmed report of a recommendation of the Central government to the Indian Army to compulsorily retire officers, under whose watch terrorist intrusions into garrisons have occurred in the recent past is an idea that is likely to generate much debate, and rightly so. It is also reported that the government is not looking towards any disciplinary proceedings for dismissal but rather the officers being asked to leave the service honourably with their pension and other dues intact.

Under existing rules, such a direction holds no legality but that isn’t the issue. It is the moral angle which is far more important which necessitates the complete understanding of what military responsibility in conflict conditions really entails. For all practical purposes, Jammu and Kashmir is considered a theatre of conflict under hybrid conditions. Continue reading


India and the United States are closing in on an industrial security agreement that will allow the transfer of defence technology, sources said on Monday, ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s talks in New Delhi this week to promote strategic ties.

Disputes over trade and protectionist moves have escalated between the two countries in recent months, but defence ties remain strong with Washington seeking to build Indian capabilities as a counterweight to China. India has bought weapons worth more than $15 billion from the United States over the past decade as it seeks to replace its Russian-origin military and is in talks for helicopters, armed drones and a bigger Indian plan for local production of combat planes together worth billions of dollars. Continue reading


The Indian Army is facing a shortage of more than 45,000 personnel including over 7,000 officers above the rank of Lieutenant, the Ministry of Defence informed Parliament on Monday. The Indian Army is focusing on setting up recruitment camps over the last few years to overcome the problem.

There were 45,634 vacancies in the Army as on January 1, 2019, including 7,399 posts which are above the rank of Lieutenant, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. In the last three years, the Army has conducted 200 recruitment camps across the country. This financial year, 13 such camps have been set up with another 80 scheduled. Continue reading


India may discuss with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo a host of issues crucial for its energy security, including oil price volatility due to rising tensions between Tehran and Washington, disadvantages in purchasing American crude and technical issues arising due to sanctions that threaten India’s strategic projects, said officials aware of the developments.

During Pompeo’s visit, New Delhi will seek Washington’s cooperation in getting reliable and affordable energy supply, especially after US sanctions that prohibited the import of Iranian crude from May, two government officials said. India, which is a net importer of energy, is a victim of volatility in crude prices that is often caused because of geo-political reasons. Continue reading


Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd said it is willing to sign a “no back door” pact with the Indian government to assuage potential security concerns. The statement from Huawei comes against the backdrop of the Chinese telecom major battling intense pressure from the US, which is pushing allies to ban the company from 5G networks on suspicions of espionage.

The company hopes the measure would help assure the Indian government about any cybersecurity breach that could arise at the vendor’s end. A “back door” is a point of access in a network/equipment that guarantees entry into the network/equipment under exceptional circumstances. In its absence, the equipment supplier would not be able to access the customer’s network without consent. Continue reading


The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has initiated discussions with the ‘India Security Press’ regarding a project for issuing chip-enabled e-passports in the future, said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday.

Speaking at the seventh Passport Seva Divas held here, Jaishankar said that the Ministry has also proposed the manufacture of e-passports on priority so that a new passport booklet with advanced security features could be rolled out in the near future. “The Ministry has initiated discussions with the India Security Press regarding the project for issue of chip-enabled e-passports to the citizens,” said Jaishankar. Continue reading


Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday proposed in the Lower House that the moustache of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman should be given the status of ‘national moustache’.

A day after Balakot airstrikes, on February 27, Varthaman, flying a MiG-21 Bison, was chasing Pakistani F-16 fighters which had transgressed into the Indian airspace, and in the process, his plane crossed over to the Pakistani side and was shot down. He ejected safely but was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army upon landing. Before his plane was shot, he had hit a Pakistani F-16. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second win in the Lok Sabha elections and the growing unrest in the Persian Gulf call for a careful look at India’s foreign policy on Iran. Such an analysis has to taken into consideration various factors and all the countries in the mix, as well as how the Modi government ought to balance often contrary, conflicting interests.

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United States Ambassador to India Ken Juster paid a courtesy call on Defence minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Monday. The two held a discussion on the defence ties between New Delhi and Washington.

Taking to his official Twitter after the meeting, Mr Juster wrote, “Always a pleasure to meet again with Minister Rajnath Singh. Good discussion on the #USIndiaDefense relationship.” Washington recently agreed to increase the defence trade relationship with India and batted for a broader security partnership in the Indo-Pacific region. Furthermore, a legislation was recently moved in the US House of Representatives, aimed at bringing New Delhi on par with Washington’s “closest allies and partners”. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force is likely to change firing procedures for missile and bombs in the wake of the Balakot air strike, during which the pilots could not launch Israeli air-to-surface missiles called the Crystal Maze due to laid down protocols.

If the Crystal Maze missiles had been launched along with the SPICE-2000 bombs, they would’ve provided a live video feed of the bombs hitting their targets. But they could not be launched from the six Mirage-2000 aircrafts that had crossed about 15-20 km inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on 26 February due to protocol. Continue reading


Work has started on the Rs 1 lakh crore project to produce next generation nuclear-powered submarines for the Indian Navy, with a defence public sector unit working on a special alloy for the hull. A scale model is likely to be tested soon as part of the design process.

The project to build advanced nuclear submarines designed for longrange underwater patrols and armed with conventional weapons has been granted over Rs 100 crore seed money by the government for the initial phase with officials predicting a development period that is expected to stretch beyond 2025. The plan to build six nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) kicked off in 2015 when the NDA government gave a go ahead to a long-pending project for the Indian Navy. Then Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba confirmed in 2017 that the project is underway. Continue reading


Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa on Monday said that Pakistan closing its airspace was a problem of the neighbouring country and did not affect India. Addressing mediapersons, the Air Chief Marshal said that the Indian Air Force made it a point that despite tensions with Pakistan, the civil aviation in the country remained unaffected.

Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa also talked about the Balakot airstrike, and the retaliation by Pakistan. He said that while the Indian Air Force was able to achieve its military objective, Pakistan failed to achieve the same, confirming that no Pakistani jet crossed over the Line of Control (LoC). Continue reading


The Indian Air Force has for the first time acknowledged that its jets bombed Pakistani posts across the Line of Control (LoC) in 2002. While talking about the motive of Indian forces behind military operations in connection with 20 years of Kargil war, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa made a reference to a strike carried out in August 2002.

Speaking to mediapersons at Gwalior Air Force base, the Air Chief Marshal said, “The purpose of our attack has always been to show our resolve and capability, and the message has been given to the person who is being hit. On August 2, 2002, the message was given to the person who was being hit as that person never returned.” Continue reading


Security personnel who often face off with stone-pelters and civilians during crucial anti-terror operations in Kashmir will no longer depend on pellet guns to disperse the human obstacles. The Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the use of ‘sound cannon’, devices that can emit pain-inducing sound waves, on rampaging mobs in the Valley. The move follows criticism of pellet guns that have left several people with eye injuries.

Known as Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), the sonic weapon was used for the first time in Pittsburgh, US, to control an agitated crowd during a G20 summit in 2009.”It is much needed. During an encounter with terrorists, locals start pelting stones at the forces. LRAD will help us immediately disperse the crowd and also take terrorists off guard, giving a strategic edge to our forces in action,” a senior IPS officer told DNA. Continue reading


Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Monday said that Pakistan closing its airspace was a problem for them and the Indian Air Force (IAF) never stopped the civil air traffic in the country. “They (Pakistan) have closed their airspace that is their problem. Our economy is vibrant and air traffic is a very important part. You have noticed that the Air Force has never stopped our civil air traffic,” he said at a press conference here.

Pakistan extended the ban on its airspace for all Indian flights till June 28. The country had fully shut its airspace on the eastern border with India after the IAF carried out aerial airstrikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26. The strikes were in response to the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives on February 14. Continue reading