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Recent developments in the Indian Ocean have been a witness to India’s mustering enough political will to advance its regional interests through actionable deliverables, visibly in opposition to mere notional assertions of the past.

 

In last Friday’s Hiroshima speech, President Barack Obama called for a “moral awakening” on the part of leaders and citizens throughout the world: “The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of the atom requires a moral revolution as well.” 

 

Fearing that terrorists lodged in jails may indoctrinate and radicalize ordinary prisoners, the Central Government has planned to set up exclusive jails around the country for convicted terrorists and those facing trials in terror cases.

 

It is the most persistently aired word in the lexicon of the Indian military. It is almost as old as the Republic and has been kept alive on a military ventilator. A handful of retired soldiers routinely invoke the expression in various public fora, to somehow pressure the political executive into creating a new “post” in the already top-heavy high-rise military hierarchy -- the office of a Military Supremo to proffer single-point advice to the Government for higher defence management.

 

Indian Army chief Gen. Dalbir Singh has ordered a study to increase the ratio of combat troops to noncombat troops with the aim to find more funds to buy weapons.

 

The Minister for Defence has recently announced the formation of an 11-member committee, led by Lieutenant General DB Shekatkar (Retd), to look into areas of overlap and convergence within the three Forces — the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. The committee will also identify areas to “rationalise manpower”, examine possible areas of multi-tasking by troops and suggest ways to “optimise” combat potential by bringing in more technology instead of more boots.

 
 
The Israeli Spyder system has emerged as the frontrunner for an Army requirement for a fast reaction air defence cover against enemy aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. The Army's short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) programme, which was started in 2011, is nearing final selection that will lead to a contract valued at over Rs 18,000 crore.   
 

The Modi government has not lived up to the muscularity the prime minister promised while campaigning

 

India might be better off building an international consortium with the likes of Japan and South Korea to invest in the project

 

The NDA government has appointed a committee of experts to recommend measures to enhance the combat capabilities of the over 13-lakh strong armed forces and "re-balance" the overall defence expenditure in view of the escalating salary and pension bills.

 


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