IDSA COMMENT

Examining the Case for Complete Transfer of Technology

The relationship between the cost versus coverage of technology transferred, which likely follows the law of diminishing returns, would make technology acquisition beyond, say 80 per cent, increasingly cost prohibitive, with no matching and assured gains

March 21, 2017

Dual Charge – An Opportunity to Fix Financial Management in Defence

It is important to restore the functional self-sufficiency of the finance division of a ministry which handles 17-18 per cent of the total central government expenditure so that it could discharge its responsibilities without real or perceived pressures.

March 21, 2017

Change of Government in Manipur: Glimmer of Hope or Shivers of Anxiety?

It would be prudent for the new state government to re-instil confidence among all parties through a total focus on equitable development in both the Hills and the Valley areas and take all stakeholders on board before undertaking any controversial move.

March 20, 2017

The Impending Visit of Jordan’s King Abdullah

Increased security cooperation and the potential for cooperation in the Middle East peace process are likely to be the key areas of discussion during the impending visit of King Abdullah to India.

March 20, 2017

Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad: Timely, but Unlikely to Succeed

Will the Pakistani civilian leadership cease to placate the Islamist forces for their own electoral gain? Will the Army rein in the jihadis it has been using to retain “strategic depth” in Afghanistan?

March 17, 2017

Prospects of US–German Relations under Trump

In respect of trade and commerce, some uncertainties are looming over both US-German relations and US-EU relations.

March 15, 2017

Defence Expenditure: A Challenge for Defence Economists

The basic challenge for defence economists is to demonstrate that there are other feasible ways of skinning the cat during budget formulation. But the challenge is also inextricably linked with the need for rationalisation of defence expenditure.

March 14, 2017

Sri Lanka’s Fighter Selection – An Opportunity for India

From all angles – political, economic, diplomatic and military – India is in a position to meet the SLAF’s potential combat aircraft requirements.

March 10, 2017

North Korea’s ‘Chemistry’ with WMDs

North Korea has blatantly breached the chemical weapons ‘red line’ in the killing of the half-brother of Kim Jong-un in Kuala Lumpur on February 13.

March 06, 2017

Russia’s Policy Shift towards Taliban and Pakistan

Russia’s efforts to differentiate between the Islamic State and Taliban are a mistake given that both groups share a similar ideology, albeit with slight variations.

March 01, 2017

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