September 22, 2017
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Spectrum of conflict
MARCH-APRIL 2016: The large number of deaths of Indian soldiers in counter-terror/counter-insurgency operations speaks volumes about the so-called modernization of the Indian soldier. For many years the F-INSAS or Future Indian Soldier As A System program was peddled by the Indian Army as some kind of wonder fighting machine loaded with sensors
 
Flying scanners
MARCH-APRIL 2016: The attack on Pathankot airbase underscores the necessity of aerial surveillance of vital points and vital areas not just in segments close to the borders with Pakistan but also along the entire Indian periphery be it vis-à-vis Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka given that those entrusted with the job of protecting our frontiers have been found to be sleeping on the job.
 
Reduced role
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016: The evolution of multidimensional new age battlefield has rendered the modern MBTs insignificant and vulnerable to attack from air and hence the future battlefield will have an entirely different scenario.
 
Piercing armor
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016: With the advent of new technologies, there is a portfolio enhancement for next generation anti tank guided missiles which are most sought after weapon for battlefield commanders when they need to stop the advancement of enemy armored columns from the front.
 
Setting a vision
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015: As widely speculated the Narendra Modi visit to United Kingdom did not result in new contracts for Hawk trainers but the two sides signed a comprehensive defence and international security partnership which will tie the two nations in close security framework.
 
Constant tracking
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015: For more than a decade now, the passionately deliberated proposal for the creation of a tri service Indian aerospace command, has been in the limelight with the eight decades plus old Indian Air Force (IAF) stridently articulating the need for such a formidable military structure fully well supported by a string satellites meant for a variety of end uses. But unfortunately the ruling dispensation in New Delhi seems to be totally indifferent and insensitive to the long pending issue of giving green signal for the realization of the aerospace command.
 
Smooth rescue
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015: Submarine force is the most vital component of any military and it is the ultimate deterrence against the enemy but if the navy loses its platform and human resources in the midst of a war then it can be a big disaster to overcome.
 
Bright hope
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015: For long, the growth and expansion of Indian aerospace sector had remained severely handicapped by the virtual monopoly that the state owned Indian aeronautical major, Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL), exercised over the aerospace sector  of the country with the private sector entities playing a peripheral role in the entire exercise as  small time suppliers of components and services.
 
Coordinated approach
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015: The rationale for an Aerospace Command was succinctly articulated by the doyen of strategic thinkers in military uniform, a Vir Chakra recipient, the late Air Commodore Jasjit Singh. He had written in his call for military synergy: A century of air power has progressively shifted the equation where the air forces have provided the central capability in the use of force for political purpose. Advances in technology have made it capable of air dominance both in air-to-air as well as air-to-surface operations at even beyond visual ranges.
 
Guiding monsters
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2015:  Air superiority is an essential military mission, and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. Air superiority has been an enduring prerequisite to military victory during conflicts in the twenty-first century.  Although control of the air does not itself destroy or defeat the majority of enemy forces, it provides the freedom of action and strategic flexibility that allow other military forces to do so. Air superiority is central to a full range of military capabilities, including power projection of sea and land forces, close air support, interdiction, and freedom of maneuver for ground forces.