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On the Kyiv front, the West is losing ground

Ukraine’s military campaign is indeed faltering but it is also the West’s political strategy that is unravelling.

TOPSHOT - This handout photograph released on February 14, 2024 by the Press service of Ukrainian Armed Forces, shows Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Syrsky (2nd L) and Ukraine's Defence Minister Rustem Umerov (L) visiting the frontline positions at an undisclosed location in eastern Ukraine. Newly appointed Ukrainian military chief said on February 14, 2024 that the situation on the front line was precarious, following a visit to positions near Avdiivka and Kupiansk. (Photo by Handout / Armed Forces of Ukraine / AFP) (AFP)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 10:09 PM IST

Learning from Kautilya: New lessons for Army

While the quest to bring about an Indic renaissance in military thought is commendable, the exercise will need intensive engagement with civilian scholars

According to the ministry of defence, the Indian Army received a total of 317 awards for the gallantry and distinguished service of its personnel. (File Photo / HT)
Published on Oct 30, 2023 10:48 PM IST

Learnings from the Ukraine battlefield for armed forces

There are six key takeaways for India from the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The Indian armed services, especially the Indian Army, has its task cut out.

The armed forces must invest in armour, missile and artillery capabilities and apply emerging technologies not as substitutes but as enablers of these firepower-intensive capabilities. (AP)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 07:35 PM IST

China’s hypersonic missile test won’t go unanswered

As power competition among major powers accelerates, arms races are likely to be the norm. New Delhi should be prepared for such eventualities.

China’s hypersonic capability cannot go unanswered — not just by a great power such as the US but equally by India. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 28, 2021 02:02 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant and Kartik Bommakanti

Think creatively to offset funds crunch in defence

The defence budget is shrinking. The CDS can play a key role in ensuring the most efficient use of resources

If the defence forces have to retain talent, wages of its personnel have to be on a par with other branches of the government and the civilian economy(Sunil Ghosh/HTPHOTO)
Updated on Jan 30, 2020 06:52 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant and Kartik Bommakanti

Decoding motives behind the Kudankulam intrusion

Was the cyber espionage an effort to access nuclear technology? Was it engineered by strategic rivals?

The only two States which will gain the most from the KKNP spyware intrusion are China and Pakistan(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Nov 22, 2019 08:15 PM IST
ByHarsh V Pant and Kartik Bommakanti

Military reforms have put China’s combat capability way ahead of India’s

Following deep manpower reductions and a commensurate expansion in firepower, the PLA today stands better poised to wage a decisive war against India at low cost.

China’s military reforms have elevated the importance of the other service arms relative to the ground fighting forces. This represents a significant shift, as the PLA was the most dominant of the three services historically.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 07, 2019 07:44 AM IST
ByHarsh V Pant and Kartik Bommakanti
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