Experts Speak

  • April 19, 2019
    Masood Azhar, Jinping's Lebensraum and US-Pak Relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After China stalled the UNSC for branding Masood Azhar for the fourth time on March 14, 2019, US, France and UK gave an ultimatum to China to lift her so called 'technical hold' on Masood Azhar's ban by April 23.

  • April 19, 2019
    Convoy Move in J&K
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On April 3, 2019, the J&K State Government issued a notification that civilian traffic will not be allowed on the Jammu-Baramulla national highway on Sundays and Wednesdays (reserved for move of security forces) till May 31, 2019...

  • April 19, 2019
    Naxals Kill Another Politician
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On April 9, 2019, BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi and the four security personnel were killed as Naxals targeted his convoy of three vehicles, including the MLA's bullet-proof one, in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.

  • April 19, 2019
    Russia's International Army Games - 'ARMY 2019'
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Russia's Defence Ministry is making vigorous preparations for the International Army Games 'ARMY-2019' which are scheduled to be held from August 3 to August 17, 2019.

  • April 19, 2019
    Operational Control of Assam Rifles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media reports of April 15, 2019, state that Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has conveyed to the Delhi High Court that it, along with the Ministry of Defence (MoD), will abide by any decision of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on the dual control over Assam Rifles.

  • April 19, 2019
    Lateral Entry in Govt Service - and MoD Dumped
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There was extensive media coverage when in June 2018 government announced it would seek lateral entry from the civil into the government services at joint secretary level.

  • April 8, 2019
    Special Operations Division
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On August 8, 2012, the Naresh Chandra Committee on national security submitted its report to the government, its recommendations including establishment of a Special Operations Command (SOC).

  • April 8, 2019
    EMISAT launched - more Military Satellites in offing
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On April 1, 2019, ISRO successfully launched India's electronic intelligence satellite EMISAT in another hallmark achievement, the PSLV-C45 also carrying 28 international customer satellites from four countries - Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland and the USA that were launched under commercial arrangements.

  • April 8, 2019
    Women Defence Attachés
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In what is being described as a brilliant move championed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Army, Navy and Air Force were asked to single out women officers who were appropriate for posting to Indian missions abroad as defence attaches.

  • April 8, 2019
    The AFSPA Debate
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Congress Manifesto for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 asking for a review of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has created a ruckus. The Congress manifesto made a specific proposal related to national security in J&K, with the party stating, "The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and the Disturbed Areas Act in J&K will be reviewed.

  • March 27, 2019
    Corporate-funded R&D could make India a global player in Defence production
    By Lt. General Anil Kapoor, DGIS

    Extension of Corporate Social Responsibility concept to Security needed to generate the funds and efforts for a tech leap in the Military

  • March 22, 2019
    Takeaways from Balakot
    By General Deepak Kapoor (Retd)

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) needs to be complimented for a well planned, coordinated and meticulously executed strike on a crucial Jaish terror hub at Balakot, located in Khyber Pakhtoonwa province of Pakistan.

  • March 18, 2019
    China Protects Masood Azhar at UN
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China has blocked for the fourth time in a row Masood Azhar from being branded terrorist at the UN. With this the euphoria built up in India of being poised for a massive diplomatic victory at the global stage has been reduced to a damp squib.

  • March 18, 2019
    Pak Military Goes After Baloch Riches
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Concurrent to the genocide in Baluchistan, ignored by the world including India, the Pakistani military is going after the riches of the Baluchistan Province. It is a well thought out strategy with Chinese backing, aim being to get hold of the economic jugular while continuing to muscle through the restive region.

  • March 18, 2019
    HR and Vigilance in Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Two surprises emerged in media recently with reports that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the plan of 'Reorganization of the Army Headquarters'.

  • March 18, 2019
    Restructuring Army Headquarters
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the first batch of reforms in the Army which include relocation of 229 officers from the Army Headquarters and creation of a new post of Deputy Chief of Army Staff Strategy, or DCOAS (Strategy)...

  • March 18, 2019
    Operation 'Sunrise' – Joint Indo-Myanmar Operation<
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Going by news reports of March 14-15, India has conducted a 'Third Surgical Strike' in Myanmar; Operation 'Sunrise' jointly with the Myanmar Army (Tatmadaw).

  • March 18, 2019
    Terror Attack on New Zealand Mosques
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The ghastly terror attacks on the two mosques of Al Noor and Linwood in New Zealand on March 15, 2019, during Friday prayers has shattered the peace of this country and proved that no place on earth is safe from the specter of terror.

  • March 6, 2019
    Imran's Nobel Peace Prize - joke of the decade?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The resolution submitted in Pakistan's Parliament on March 2, 2019 to grant the Nobel Peace Prize to Prime Minister Imran Khan for having taken the decision of releasing Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of Indian Air Force (IAF) in a bid to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan, could go down in history as the biggest joke of the decade.

  • March 6, 2019
    Required - Regional Counter Terrorism (CT) 'Action' against Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Post the truck bombing in Kabul on August 7, 2015, killing 15 and wounding 400, Afghan clerics had declared jihad against Pakistan, saying, "Afghan people are Muslims and Jihad is eligible against Pakistan's military intelligence – Inter Service Intelligence and Punjabi military...

  • March 6, 2019
    BECA - and Indo-US Relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    News is in the air that India is likely to sign the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-spatial Cooperation (BECA) with the US.

  • March 6, 2019
    Mama Mia - MIA AK-203
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On March 3, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the AK-203 rifle manufacturing unit in Amethi; Indo-Russia Rifles Limited plant at Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) Korwa in Amethi.

  • March 6, 2019
    Kulbhushan Jadhav - in Psycho Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    News coverage about the recent hearing of the case relating to Kulbhushan Jadhav in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) went off the radar in the Indian media because of the February 14 Pakistan-sponsored car bombing at Pulwama by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Indian airstrikes on three JeM terrorist camps in Pakistan...

  • February 27, 2019
    Indian Strikes Pakistani Terror Camps
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In a befitting response to the dastardly car bombing by Pakistan-sponsored Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) at Pulwama on February 14, the IAF struck the predominantly JeM terrorist camps at Balakot, Muzaffrabad and Chakothi across the Line of Control (LoC)in the early hours of February 26.

  • February 21, 2019
    Pulwama Terror Attack - Deadliest Ever in J&K
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It is said if you surrender to terror, the future would be horrendous. Nothing can confirm it more than India's capitulation in 2008 during hijack of Indian Airlines flight IC-184 from Kathmandu to Delhi.

  • February 21, 2019
    Bogey - that Pakistan will collapse economically
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is jubilation in a cross-section in India over Pakistan being in an economic mess. Even Prime Minister Modi said in a recent public rally that Pakistan is roaming around with its begging bowl but not getting help from the world, which drew applause from the crowd.

  • February 21, 2019
    Assault Rifles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Finally, there is some more news about assault rifles for the Indian Army, or shall we say part of the Army because when it comes to equipping soldiers at the cutting edge, where battle is being fought every day and night, we start counting pennies...

  • February 21, 2019
    Visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS in short) arrived New Delhi on a two-day state visit on February 19, 2019. He earlier visited Pakistan and was scheduled to come to India directly from Pakistan. But he returned to Saudi Arabia and then flew to India. During his visit to Pakistan...

  • February 21, 2019
    Litigation against Disabled Soldiers
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to withdraw its appeals made before the Supreme Court against grant of disability benefits to soldiers by various courts and tribunals, according to media repots of February 20, 2019...

  • February 1, 2019
    Defence Budget 2019-2020
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Interim Budget speech by the Interim Finance Minister (IFM) on February 1, 2019, covered defence budget allocation for the next fiscal year in precisely 34 words by saying, "Our Defence Budget will be crossing 3,00,000 crore for the first time in 2019-20.

  • February 1, 2019
    Border Infrastructure – remains neglected
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On January 13, 2019 media quoted the recently released Central Public Works Department (CPWD) Annual Report (2018-19) stating the government plans to construct 44 strategic roads along the border with China and over 2,100 km axial and lateral roads in Punjab and Rajasthan, abutting Pakistan.

  • February 1, 2019
    Sniper War
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On January 15, 2019, a cross-border sniper shot killed a Border Security Force (BSF) officer patrolling the border in Jammu's Kathua district. This was the fourth such attack in less than a week; this one being astride the international border (IB) made it a violation of international conventions.

  • February 1, 2019
    Game of Disability Pensions
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DESW), Ministry of Defence, vide its Notification No. 16(3),2017/D (Pen/Policy) dated January 29, 2019, signed by Manoj Sinha, Deputy Secretary to Government of India...

  • February 1, 2019
    Microsat-R, Kalamsat launch – and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    ISRO's PSLV-C44, carrying India's Military Satellite Microsat-R and Students' Payload Kalamsat, lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharkota Range at 11.37 pm on January 24, 2019 after a 28-hour countdown.

  • February 1, 2019
    Fortifying Andaman & Nicobar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media reports of January 27 state government has "virtually finalised" a 5,650 crore military infrastructure development plan for Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI) over a 10-year period.

  • January 21, 2019
    India and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
    By General V.P. Malik (Retd)

    In April 2015, China and Pakistan signed an agreement to work on a $46 billion (currently valued at $62 billion) China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), generally viewed as the crown jewel of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative.

  • January 16, 2019
    Talking to Taliban – and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue at New Delhi on January 9, 2019, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat backed talks with the Taliban if they were ready for lasting peace in Afghanistan, saying, "There should be talks with Taliban so long as they don't come up with pre-conditions, so long as they are looking at lasting peace in Afghanistan and bring about stability in that country....

  • January 16, 2019
    Visit of Bhutan's Prime Minister
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Lotay Tshering of Bhutan, accompanied by Tandi Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Loknath Sharma, Minister for Economic Affairs and senior officials from the Royal Government of Bhutan, visited India from December 27 to December 29, 2018 on invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • January 16, 2019
    Chinooks and Apaches are Coming
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The first batch of US-built heavy-lift Chinook helicopters and Apache attack helicopters will commence arriving India in March 2019, just ahead of the general elections. Both these will be game changers for the military's capability.

  • January 16, 2019
    Space Diplomacy with Neighbours
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    While the launch of Chandrayan-2 scheduled on January 3 was postponed a second time for unexplained reasons, media headlines of January 4 announced India setting up five ground stations and over 500 terminals in neighbouring countries; one each in Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

  • January 16, 2019
    Fortifying Andaman & Nicobar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    News reports of January 6, 2019 reveal that Andaman & Nicobar Islands (ANI) will get a new airbase in the Indian Naval Air Station, INS 'Kohasa' near Diglipur (largest town of North Andaman Island with population of 744202 (2001 census) located 298 km north of Port Blair), which is slated to be inaugurated by the C-in-C ANC on January 24.

  • January 16, 2019
    More military assistance to Afghanistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, National Security Adviser of Afghanistan, visited India on the invitation of his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval from 3 to 5 January 2019.

  • January 3, 2019
    Revering Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the Tricolour in Andaman's Netaji Memorial in Port Blair on December 30, 2018 to commemorate the first flag hoisting by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on December 30, 1943. On October 21, 1943, Bose had announced the formation of the country's first independent government which was called the Azad Hind government.

  • January 3, 2019
    Beyond the Bogibeel Bridge
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On 25 December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 4.98 km-long Bogibeel Bridge, the longest rail-cum-road bridge on Brahmaputra River. Foundation stone for this bridge was laid 21 years earlier by the then Prime Minister in 1997 though work started only five years later in 2002.

  • January 3, 2019
    After BMS and F-INSAS, dedicated OFC stalled
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In 2018, the Army was forced to foreclose the Battlefield Management System (BMS) project due to budgetary constraints. BMS delayed mostly because of the governmental defence-industry was pursued for 13 years, and in which considerable amount of money was invested by the private industry in recent years.

  • January 3, 2019
    Agni-IV and Agni-V – closer to fielding
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On December 10, 2018, India successful tested Agni-V one more time, this being the seventh test since its development began past decade and third in 2018. The last test was conducted in June 2018.

  • January 3, 2019
    GSAT-11 – boosts Bharat Net Project
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India's heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 was launched successfully on December 5, 2018 from the Spaceport in French Guiana along with South Korea's GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellite, onboard Ariane VA 246 launch vehicle.

  • December 19, 2018
    Visit of President Ibrahim Solih
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Maldives President Ibrahim Solih’s three-day state visit to India commencing December 17 was his first foreign visit after becoming President. He was accompanied by the first lady and a high-level delegation including Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, National Planning and Infrastructure...

  • December 19, 2018
    Drone Swarms Threat – much catching up required
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which is a statutory body of Government of India, disclosed through a communication on November 9, 2018 that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had announced a Rs 100 crore Swarm Drone Competition.

  • December 19, 2018
    ISRO Space Museums and Space Applications
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Speaking to the media on November 26, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan stated ISRO recently discussed a proposal with the Kerala government to set up a space museum in Thiruvananthapuram, to which the state government responded positively and even allotted land for the purpose.

  • December 19, 2018
    Defence Minister’s US Visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a maiden 5 day visit to the US that concluded on December 8, 2018. Her visit was concurrent to the ongoing 12 day Indo-US military exercise between the IAF and the USAF in Kalaikunda...

  • December 19, 2018
    Border Infrastructure – decades behind
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India will go ahead with construction of much required strategic roads and permanent integrated buildings along the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim as part of a critical infrastructure project worth Rs 250 billion, read media reports of 19 November 2018.

  • December 19, 2018
    Prahar, Pralay and Sant
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On September 20, India successfully test-fired ‘Prahar’ short-range ballistic missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) from Chandipur, Odisha. Prahar is a solid fuel road-mobile short-range missile fitted with inertial navigation system.

  • November 29, 2018
    Kartarpur Corridor – and the challenges ahead
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Vice President Venkiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the Kartarpur Corridor on the Indian side on November 26 and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Pakistani side on November 28.

  • November 29, 2018
    The Quad and the IONS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The third round of the quadrilateral security dialogue termed 'Quad', between India, US, Japan and Australia, was held on 15 November 2018 at Singapore on sidelines of the 13th East Asia Summit.

  • November 29, 2018
    Stonewalling Defence-Industry Privatization
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports, four lakh defence employees working in 41 ordnance factories, naval docks, army and air force workshops and other productions units are readying themselves for a three-day protest between 23 and 25 January 2019.

  • November 19, 2018
    PM Narendra Modi visits Maldives
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his brief maiden visit to Maldives on November 17 to attend the swearing in Ceremony of new Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on invitation of the latter. 46 nations were represented at Solih's swearing in ceremony.

  • November 19, 2018
    Pakistan – More Terror Uncapped
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Before the Pakistani military installed Imran Khan as the Prime Minister, reasons why he had earned the title of 'Taliban Khan' were well known; links with terrorist organisations, known terrorists supporting him in elections, him funding the Haqqani seminary known as 'Oxford of Global Jihad', and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) building a 15-acre complex on outskirts of Bahawalpur to train thousands of young children for Jihad.

  • November 19, 2018
    Military Drones - private industry is Way Forward
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per news reports, a private Gurgaon-based company, 'Vortex UAS', has been working on providing military drones, including weaponised versions, for the Indian Army, the Navy and the National Security Guard (NSG).

  • November 19, 2018
    New Artillery Guns Inducted
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On 9 November 2018, the Defence Minister dedicated the M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzers (ULH) and K9 Vajra-Tracked Self Propelled Guns and 6x6 Field Artillery Tractors to the service of the Nation during a dedication ceremony held at Devlali Field Firing Ranges.

  • November 19, 2018
    ISI gives J&K terrorists Sniper Rifles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media report quoting IB source indicate J&K terrorists use sniper rifles being used by terrorists are stolen by Taliban from US-NATO forces in Afghanistan passed on to Pakistan's ISI, and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has formed sniper teams whichmove in buddy pairs.

  • October 30, 2018
    13th India-Japan Annual Summit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Japan on 28-29 October 2018 for the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit for wide-ranging discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest under the framework of the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

  • October 30, 2018
    Coming – Apache Attack Helicopters
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In 1985 when Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi visited the US, he was accompanied by Army Chief General K. Sundarji. This was the time when planning was full swing for establishment of the Army Aviation Corps (AAC), which finally was founded two years later – in 1987.

  • October 30, 2018
    Army of Integrated Battle Groups
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The restructuring of Army was approved recently at the Army Commanders Conference (October 9-15) albeit media reports that two Army Commanders had their reservations.

  • October 30, 2018
    Smart Border Fence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On 24 May 2018, took stock of the progress of construction of border fencing, roads and outposts along India's borders with neighbouring countries in a high-level meeting and directed all concerned officials to maintain constant vigil and security on the borders.

  • October 30, 2018
    India-China Joint Project on Afghanistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The MEA brief issued on April 28, 2018, with respect to the Informal Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 27-28 at Wuhan, China described among other issues, agreement for proper management of the bilateral relationship conducive for the development and prosperity of the region, creating conditions for the Asian Century.

  • October 17, 2018
    Visit of Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who had visited India in July 2016 before he was elected Secretary General, made his maiden visit to India from October 1 to October 4.

  • October 17, 2018
    Prahar and Pragati
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On 20 September 2018, India successfully test-fired surface-to-surface short-range tactical ballistic missile ‘Prahar’ from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off Odisha coast paving the way for its induction.

  • October 17, 2018
    Don’t Take Maoists Lightly
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On October 7, 2018, Home Minister Rajnath Singh stated that Naxalism will be eliminated in about three years. Addressing a function at a CRPF camp to mark 26th anniversary celebrations of the Rapid Action Force (RAF), he said, “The day is not far, may be in a time period of 1-2 or 3 years, that Left-wing extremism will be eliminated...”.