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A Review of Roles: ITBP and Indian Coast Guard

Download the document as PDF Examining the integration of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) with the future structures of India’s Theatre Command system provides an opportunity to improve an important facet of national security. In essence, it involves two dimensions – Internal Security and Border Guarding including coastal areas....

India and Vietnam should improve their defence ties

India and Vietnam held their second maritime security dialogue recently. A press release by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated that both countries discussed developments in the domain of “maritime security, regional cooperation activities and opportunities for cooperation between the two countries.” Multiple such discussions have taken place between...

Finnish intel review sheds light on relations with Russia

Finland is wary of a possible Russian clash with NATO in the Baltic region The Finnish Defense Forces (FDF) have come out with their first-ever Military Intelligence Review. It is a comprehensive document with due regard to the global security picture and legal caveats in the Finnish security apparatus. The presumable...

UK outlines global-focused defense strategy

Britain seeks to remain relevant in a world where it sees threats proliferating, while its finances are shrinking The United Kingdom has outlined a vision for its defense and foreign-engagement priorities in its latest Integrated Review and Defense Command Paper. The paradigm of defense reviews in the UK goes back...

Seventh Fleet move a reminder that Quad must remain a group of equals, not a US-led posse

The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet statement of 7 April 2021, after the freedom of navigation operation off Maldives in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone or the EEZ, even if legally valid, and watered down later by the Pentagon Spokesman, was unwarranted and seems indifferent to the sensitive phase in India-US relations. Post the statement, it...

An Ongoing Journal on Russia-Japan Relations #5

Zakharova and Shoigu comment on the US’s Pacific Deterrence Initiative Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Maria Zakharova have both publicly spoken about the US’s plans to deploy precision strike conventional missiles in the Pacific under the Pacific Deterrence Initiative(PDI).  Zakharova insists that the move will...

Northern Sea Route: hopes and challenges

The feasibility of a year-around Arctic transshipment route, a longtime dream of Russia, is still unclear Media reports and commentaries are hailing the Russian LNG (liquefied natural gas) carrier Christophe de Margerie’s latest voyage along the Northern Sea Route as a watershed. The voyage has brought Moscow’s dream of year-around access to the...

The race to map the ocean deep

India is falling behind efforts to map the undersea environment of the Indo-Pacific region Major powers are investing time and money deploying UUVs in these waters because of the valuable oceanographic and hydrographic data they provide. Oceanography is the study of the physical and biological aspects of the oceans. Hydrography...

Journal Article — India’s Theatre Expansion : Use of Sea Power to Balance China’s Rise

In Indian Public Policy Review’s latest issue, I examine the Sino-Indian problems and argue that development and demonstration of maritime power afford India the best way of managing China in the Indo-Pacific region. Link to the journal article

SMART and the Challenge of Submarine Hunting

The Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo tested last month might seem an impressive weapon on paper, but to make it an effective weapon, India will need to drastically improve its ability to monitor the oceans depths. The Government of India and DRDO announced on 5 October 2020 that they...
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