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DEFENCE PROCUREMENT  By Maj Gen P K Mallick,VSM (Retd)

I have a dream. Our soldiers fighting CI Ops in J&K and in North East will wear light weight bullet proof jackets and helmets and NOT the present heavy staff and the DRDO invented patkas. My dream is triggered by a recent news item Army Plans to Field New Protective Vest, Armored Shirt in 2019 available at ...Read more >

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VIBRANT INDIA  By Major General P K Mallick, VSM (Retd)

The other day when we were discussing why there is so much of negativity in Indian discourses, why everybody only talks of bad things and tend to criticise everything that is Indian, forgetting so many good things that is happening in India, my good friend told me it is Pizza effect. Before World War I, Pizza was a hot wheat bread of the Sicilian and south Italian, staple for the poor peasants of that area. In Rome and other areas of greater sophistication, the pizza was regarded as the food of ...Read more >

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NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE  

At the start of the new millenium we are driven to a new era of warfare. The emergence of Information Technology (IT) is changing the society at an extremely rapid pace. Naturally the fundamental changes happening all over would affect the very nature of war and how we fight them. In this information age we are in the midst of a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) which is being called as, " A fundamental shift from what we call platform centric warfare to something we call network centric ...Read more >

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REVOLUTIONS IN MILITARY AFFAIRS (RMA) AN APPRISAL  

In the wake of the overwhelming victory of coalition forces in Operation Desert Storm a good deal of discussion took place whether the world had witnessed a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA). However, the concepts of an RMA itself, its constituent elements and the timing of its occurrence remain subject of continuing debate. Revolutions in Military Affairs are not a new phenomenon. Throughout history advances in technology and strategy have revolutionized ...Read more >

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RISK MANAGEMENT  

Military operations are inherently complex, dynamic, dangerous and, by nature, involve the acceptance of risk. Because risk is often related to gain, leaders weigh risk against the benefits to be gained from an operation. The commander s judgment balances the requirement for mission success with the inherent risks of military operations. Leaders have always practiced risk management in military decision making. However, the approach to risk management and degree of success ...Read more >

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SURPRISE AND DECEPTION  

Throughout history surprise and deception have played a major part on the outcome of all major military conflicts. It is the desire of every military commander to achieve victory against the enemy with minimum attrition to own forces and equipment. In striving to realise this goal, milirary thinkers both past and present, have recognised the vital role which surprise action and deceptive practices play in achieving the objective. Although surprise itself cannot guarantee ...Read more >

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ASYMMETRIC WARS - LESSONS FROM RECENT CONFLICTS AND ITS RELEVANCE TO INDIA  

Asymmetric warfare originally referred to war between two or more actors, or groups of actors, whose relative power differed by a significant amount (David small, Goliath big). Contemporary military thinkers tend to broaden this original meaning to include asymmetry of strategy or tactics the core idea is that "weaker" combatants will attempt to use strategy to offset deficience in quantity or quality. Today, the asymmetric threat paradigm is defined by radically ...Read more >

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CHALLENGES OF 21ST CENTURY MILITARY LEADERSHIP - HOW DO WE TRAIN?  

The end of the 20th century saw the emergency of a tremendous explosion in new technology and information access. The national security strategy of the United States describes the changes in the last decade as, "The world is undergoing an accelerating process of globalization in which technology is developing exponentially, information is exchanged around the globe cheaply and instantaneously economies are increasingly becoming ...Read more >

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CHANGE AND CONTINUITY IN WARFARE : AN INDIAN EXPERIENCE   

Conflict is as old as human existence. As the human race progressed, the nature of warfare also changed. Development of weapons led to creation of organizations which in turn depended on technology. Requirement of ideas or doctrines or strategy came up to use the equipments and organizations optimally. Large number of theories exist on trends in change in ...Read more >

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COMBAT LEADERSHIP IN 21ST CENTURY  

"When the ground in front in raked by machine gun fire, torn by ball splinters, a soldiers will not emerge at all, because a man wearing certain badges tell him to. Those soldiers must feel that the man leading them is the man in whom they can confidently trust themselves. That requirements fulfilled the obligation of duty, the soldier s sense of responsibility and the discipline he has been taught - and has accepted - pays its dividend. But with no confidence in the leader, all your ...Read more >

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DIRECTIVE STYLE OF COMMAND  

Directive Control is the British term for the German word Auftragstaktik. The US Army refers to it as Mission Oriented orders. It is based on the effective delegation of authority. An underlying reason for promoting this concept of command and control is that the battlefield is a scene of uncertainty and that success in battle will come to those who exploit uncertainty to their advantage. Thus directive style of command depends on the commander giving a ...Read more >

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SPACE WARFARE - AN APPRISAL  

From the earliest days of armed conflict military forces have endeavoured to occupy the "high ground" of the battlefield. The "high ground", whether it be a hill, a mountain, the air, or space, has always given the occupying force an advantage over his adversary. As a result, most successful armies have sought to find and control this "high ground". As technology advanced the definition of high ground changed. With the advent of the airplanes, air became the new high ...Read more >

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LOGISTICS TRANSFORMATION  

One of the favorite buzz words for the last several years has been the idea of transformation. Transformation is a process by which the military achieves and maintains advantage through changes in operational concepts, organizational structure, and/or technologies that significantly improve its warfighting capabilities or ability to meet the demands of a changing security environment. As one can imagine, the term transformation can have many different ...Read more >

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MILITARY DECEPTION OPERATIONS  

Deception has been an integral part of warfare since warfare came into being. Wise military planners throughout history have used deception. It is a low cost and effective way to cause the enemy to waste his efforts. Imaginative use of deception, coupled with aggressive training, improves combat effectiveness at all levels. It is the desire of every military commander to achieve victory against the enemy with minimum attrition to own forces and ...Read more >

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BATTLEWARM - A NEW FORM OF WARFARE   

Since the advent of warfare the main effort to win the war has been to put maximum combat power at the "decisive point" of the battlefield. In the information age with rapid advancements in Information Technology (IT) this has become all the more relevant since the forms of warfare are undergoing phenomenal changes. ...Read more >

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