A Critique of India’s Defence Offset Guidelines 2012

September 03, 2012
A Critique of India’s Defence Offset Guidelines 2012

Some of the provisions in the DOG do not seem to be well thought out, provide greater leeway to the foreign companies, and have a potentially negative potential on eligible manufacturing sector, particularly defence manufacturing.

An Ideal Arms Trade Treaty from India’s Perspective

July 27, 2012
An Ideal Arms Trade Treaty from India’s Perspective

The proliferation of small arms and ammunition is a major issue that threatens the security of India. Aspects related to illicit manufacture of local country made guns, smuggling, pilferage from government stocks and a weak monitoring or surveillance mechanisms further complicate the issue.

Politics of Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations

July 27, 2012
Politics of Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations

The treaty needs to be capable of addressing existing and perceived threat of the world; at the same time, it should be flexible enough to meet emerging security challenges.

Post-2014 Afghanistan and India’s Options

July 18, 2012

India’s policy in Afghanistan must be Afghan-centric and not be concerned about Pakistani efforts to gain strategic depth. In fact, by getting involved in Afghanistan, Pakistan is likely to endanger its own security and stability.

Contours of a Possible Indian Riposte to Chinese Aggressiveness

January 17, 2012

After assessing the weaknesses and gaps in Chinese capabilities and highlighting the positions of advantage that India enjoys, this essay proposes a strategy for a strong riposte against any Chinese adventurism.

‘Heart as a Weapon’: A Fresh Approach to the Concept of Hearts and Minds

November 16, 2011

The recent 'heart as a weapon' initiative in Jammu and Kashmir has been received favourably both by critics of security forces and by the state government.

Elevate Human Rights as the Core Organising Principle in Counter Insurgency

November 14, 2011

The Indian Army’s Doctrine for Sub Conventional Operations does an admirable job in balancing human rights protection with operational demands. However, there is a degree of dissonance in the approach to human rights brought about by the perspective that protecting human rights is a means to an end.

Back to the Basics: Foot and Hoof Mobility in the Mountains

October 14, 2011

This Brief argues that foot mobility is central to mountain warfare. It first uses historical evidence to show the advantageous use of this capacity by the victor. It then argues for preserving this ‘military biodiversity’ by including indigenous breeds of animals.

A Case for Increasing FDI up to 100 per cent in India’s Defence Industry

August 09, 2011

Given the sensitivity attached to defence-related FDI, each investment should be subject to wider review and impact analysis following which the FDI percentage could be determined varying between zero and 100 per cent.

Revision of the DSCO: Human Rights to the Fore

March 22, 2011

The Doctrine for Sub Conventional Operations (DSCO) is due for review this year. This Brief suggests directions in which the Doctrine can better address the Human Rights factor.