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  • Lt Cdr Varun Kulshrestha (Retd.) asked: What could be the maritime security implications of autonomous marine vehicles for India?

    Abhay Kumar Singh replies: In late October 2022, the Ukrainian Navy brazenly struck Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula. Despite minimal damage to Russian assets, the attack has attracted the attention of naval strategists worldwide, since it employed a major technological innovation.

    Perception Management in Asymmetric Warfare: Lessons for Democratic Practitioners from Ukraine (2014–16) and Gaza (2014)

    The perception management component of information warfare has long been recognised as an important tool of warfare, appearing in military doctrines worldwide. The challenges and opportunities of its practice in different political contexts have however rarely merited substantive attention. This article examines the development and trajectory of two cutting-edge examples of contemporary information warfare practice: Russian information warfare in Ukraine (2014–present); and information warfare conducted by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) up to and during Operation Protective Edge.

    January 2017

    Asymmetric Warfare: A View from India

    Coined a few years ago, ‘asymmetric warfare’ is an umbrella term that includes insurgent and terrorist campaigns that Western militaries were forced to contend with in the course of external interventions. Asymmetric wars for Western countries are wars of choice, not wars of necessity.

    March 2012

    Asymmetric Wars In The Indian Context

    Strategic Interaction theory suggests that India must employ direct strategies towards a weaker Pakistan and indirect strategies towards a stronger China.

    October 13, 2011

    The Challenges of Asymmetric Warfare

    While the asymmetrical threat will have an effect on warfare at strategic, operational and tactical levels, the threat will be most dramatic at the operational level.

    March 09, 2010