Force Magazine - National Security and Aerospace Newsmagazine
Strategic Issue
  • Land Shark - January 2015
    China’s claims on Tawang Tract has serious strategic implications
    By Maj. Gen. Sheru Thapliyal (retd)


  • On a Positive Note - January 2015
    Indo-US defence trade is likely to get a bigger boost against a growing strategic relationship between the two nations
    By Dilip Kumar Mekala


  • Being A Good Neighbour - November 2014
    A much deeper engagement with Afghanistan is essential for India at this critical juncture
    By Maj. Gen. Ashok K. Mehta (retd)


  • Taken for a Ride - October 2014
    India should have insisted on the LAC clarification during the Chinese President’s visit
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Growing Partnership - September 2014
    The Indo-US defence partnership is now expected to move from purchase to joint development
    By Atul Chandra


  • Importance of Bhutan - September 2014
    The Himalayan neighbour can play a crucial role in India’s regional ambitions
    By Abhismita Sen


  • Arms and the Men - August 2014
    Instead of an arms race, India should focus on strategic and nuclear force restructuring
    By Lt Gen. Balraj Nagal (retd)


  • A Balancing Act - March 2014
    India should realise the road to stability with China passes through Pakistan
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • All-Inclusive - March 2014
    The Standing Committee on Defence report covers pertinent issues based on their topicality and merit
    A FORCE Report


  • On the Road to Disaster - March 2014
    Making rail and road connectivity to the China border should be a priority for the Indian government
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Rejuvenating the Partnership - January 2014
    The IACC organised Indo-US summit looked at ways to enhance bilateral trade and overcome policy roadblocks
    By Dilip Kumar Mekala


  • 10 Years of Peace - December 2013
    The ceasefire may have its benefits, but it has induced a defensive mind-set in the Indian Army
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Within Our Periphery - October 2013
    An insider’s view of the non-lethal strategy of border domination
    By Ravi Ponoth


  • A Case for Jointness - October 2013
    All three Services should iron out their differences for a stronger defence force
    By Lt Gen. B.S. Pawar (retd)


  • Not Same As Before - September 2013
    Defence continues to be the centrepiece of India-Russia relations
    By Kanwal Sibal


  • Not Same As Before - September 2013
    Defence continues to be the centrepiece of India-Russia relations
    By Kanwal Sibal


  • Not an Eye for an Eye - September 2013
    India’s response to Pakistan’s TNWs has to be proportionate and deterrent
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Formidable Threats - August 2013
    In a war with Pakistan, India will be up against not one but two enemies
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Talking with the Enemy - August 2013
    The real power centres in Pakistan have to be addressed directly if India wants results
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Less Than Special - August 2013
    By using Para SF officers as mere commandos, the army is wasting human resource and money
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Not A Mere Glacier - August 2013
    A possible two-front localised war and Chinese threat to Ladakh make it impossible for Indian Army to vacate Siachen
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Going Great Guns - August 2013
    Indo-US ties have seen dramatic change in the last decade, leading to greater trust between the two
    By Kanwal Sibal


  • Trust Deficit - August 2013
    The last decade has not ironed out the differences between India and Pakistan despite a growth in trade
    By Kanwal Sibal


  • Great Wall of Discontent - August 2013
    Indo-China relationship remains mired in suspicion, mistrust and public nervousness
    By Kanwal Sibal


  • Coercive Diplomacy - August 2013
    China’s April 2013 intrusions in Ladakh are a result of India’s appeasement policy
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Safe Boundaries - July 2013
    As India wakes up to land and coastal safety, there is much to choose from
    By Dilip Kumar Mekala


  • Such a Long Way - June 2013
    Roads and better air connectivity with the mainland can boost economic activity and a sense of security in Ladakh
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • Democracy at Work - June 2013
    By helping Tibetans exercise their rights, India can help itself
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • Art of Peace - June 2013
    India’s relations with China should be built on dignity and mutual respect
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • Upgrade or perish - June 2013
    Lack of infrastructure and artillery on our Eastern borders emboldens China
    By Lt Gen. B.S. Pawar (retd)


  • Caught Between Orders - April 2013
    Its governments own policies which have put the CRPF in a precarious situation
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • Right Switch - December 2012
    There is a need to graduate from procurements to acquisitions
    By Maj. Gen. Mrinal Suman (retd)


  • A Parody of Enmity - November 2012
    The Retreat ritual at Attari mocks the seriousness of Indo-Pak ties
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • Tracking Talks - November 2012
    India continues to fumble in its engagement with Pakistan
    By Kanwal Sibal


  • Open Minds - November 2012
    At various Indo-Pak meetings, Siachen and Sir Creek disputes have been the main focus
    By Lt Gen. B.S. Pawar (retd)


  • Talking Peace - November 2012
    Confidence building measures between India and Pakistan
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • Seven Days in China - August 2012
    The Middle Kingdom is assertive, but remains polite
    By Pravin Sawhney




  • Unrestricted War - August 2012
    India is far more vulnerable than is generally accepted
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • The Way Forward - August 2012
    India needs a strategic defence review
    By Pravin Sawhney



  • Balance of Power - July 2012
    By turning down the US overtures, India may be losing a chance to counterbalance China
    By Kanwal Sibal


  • Fresh Notes
    National Security and its study in India
    By Air Cmde Jasjit Singh (retd)


  • Crucial Catch
    Global majors target India as a huge market for EW systems
    By Nitasha Chawla and Atul Chandra


  • Dragonfire
    China’s shadow continues to loom large over Sikkim
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab



  • Interview - February 2011
    ‘We Are Looking For a Much Larger Role in the MMRCA Contract As The Offset Values Are Very High’
    Ashwani Kumar Datt



  • The Great Game - January 2011
    On his Indian visit, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao spoke little, but implied a lot
    By Pravin Sawhney



  • Destination India - November 2010
    Opportunities and challenges abound for India as international equations change
    Kanwal Sibal












  • Pledge and Hedge - May 2010
    Threat of nuclear terror attacks by Jihadi groups seem to be on the rise
    By K.Subrahmanyam


  • Voice of Reason - March 2010
    Instead of ABM, credible ballistic missiles will be better deterrence
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Mighty Spectacle - November 2009
    China’s National Day parade featured undisclosed technologies
    By Prasun K. Sengupta


  • Uneasy Ties - July 2009
    Walking the tight rope
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • The Changed War - August 2009
    All defence, no offence
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab




  •  Double-Edged Deal - August 2008
    Will India be able to beat the US pressure on non-proliferation?
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Missile Defence - June 2008
    For DRDO’s indigenous anti-missile missile, it’s a long journey
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • The Dalai Lama’ - May 2008
    India’s defence against China
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab



  • A Long Way - May 2008
    India does not take border management seriously
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • A Babur for BrahMos - April 2007
    India needs to talk cruise missiles with Pakistan
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • Beyond Borders - September 2007
    India should be clear about its strategic reach
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • Difficult Choices - September 2006
    India has to tread very carefully on the nuclear agreement with the US
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • Defence’s the Way - September 2006
    Greater defence cooperation will stabilise Indo-US relationship
    By Pravin Sawhney



  • Peace by Other Means - August 2006
    The Indian Army has a war-winning doctrine against Pakistan
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Promising Journey - April 2006
    Cooperation with the US military will benefit India
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Cooled Off - April 2006
    India’s ballistic missile programme will be slowed further
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • The Fine Print - April 2006
    India slides into the trap
    By Pravin Sawhney



  • Peace in the Air - January 2006
    India-Pakistan move towards conflict resolution
    By Pravin Sawhney



  • Indian Age - November 2005
    But the shine eludes
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab






  • Dawn of Peace - May 2005
    With soft borders, India-Pak have moved towards resolving the Kashmir problem
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • Border Line Case - April 2005
    India grapples with infrastructural issues, as China nibbles its territory
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Seeds of Discord - April 2005
    India cannot give what China wants for border resolution
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Engaged for Now -February 2005
    There is little technology transfer from the US, but the mindset is changing
    By Pravin Sawhney


  • Unequal Music - October 2004
    Indo-US strategic relations
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • Twist in the Tale - October 2004
    With the nuclear test of 1998, India set the tone for imbalanced partnership
    By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab


  • Burden of Power - June 2004
    As India and Pakistan are poised to start bilateral talks, FORCE reproduces excerpts from an article, which first appeared in FORCE October 2003 issue. The piece appears closest to the official Pakistan position
    By Gen. Jehangir Karamat (retd)


  • Peace or an Interlude? - May 2004
    Till the K-question is resolved, future Kargils cannot be ruled out
    By J.N. Dixit


  • Bush Initiative and India - March 2004
    The US is likely to use the proliferation issue to restrict technology to India
    By J.N. Dixit


  • Dangers of Complacency - December 2003
    Policies are not etched on stones, but they are difficult to change
    By Gen. Jehangir Karamat


  • Through the Dusty Looking Glass - November 2003
    Unless India and Pakistan learn to look beyond their perceptions, peace will remain elusive
    By Gen. Jehangir Karamat





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