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Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat in Washington, on 1 October 2021 | ANI photo

CDS Rawat meets US counterpart General Milley at Pentagon, holds talks on regional security

The two leaders reaffirmed the need for greater military-to-military cooperation between India & US, and agreed to continued ties in training exercises & creating more opportunities.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat attends the conference of the Chiefs of General Staff of the SCO member states in Russia's Orenburg, on 23 September 2021 | ANI photo

CDS Bipin Rawat attends SCO military exercise in Russia’s Orenburg

The exercise has provided an opportunity to the armed forces of the SCO nations to train in counter-terrorism operations in a multinational and joint environment, officials said.
File photo of Gen. Rawat | ANI

India anticipated Taliban takeover but surprised at speed, CDS Gen Bipin Rawat says

Gen. Bipin Rawat also spoke about the expanding Chinese naval and nuclear power but said India had the capability to take on the northern neighbour and Pakistan in conventional warfare.
A file photo of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria. | Photo: ANI

Army must ditch ‘superiority’ mindset. Distrust, animosity will only hamper military reforms

CDS Gen Bipin Rawat laid claims to superiority on behalf of the Army, because he believes it is ultimately all about control of territory. This mindset needs to be disparaged.
From left to right: Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, Army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Navy chief Karambir Singh and Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

What are military theatre commands and why does India want to switch to them

A proposal is being discussed to have 5 unified or theatre commands that will help in better planning & military response, and aim to have unified approach to fighting any future war.
A file photo of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria. | Photo: ANI

Will IAF just support Army in new theatres? CDS Rawat says yes, but air chief says no in public

CDS Gen Rawat labels IAF as supporting arm to ground forces — likening it to roles of artillery, engineers in Army. But ACM Bhadauria says air power has a huge role to play in battle areas.
Bipin Rawat addresses a press conference

India, China should be able to gradually achieve status quo in eastern Ladakh, says CDS Rawat

In an address at a think-tank Friday, CDS General Bipin Rawat also said that India must remain prepared for 'any misadventure' and respond accordingly as it has done in the past.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat addresses during the launch of 'Himgiri', the 2nd of Project 17A class of stealth frigates in Kolkata on 14 December 2020 | ANI Photo

Chinese army realised it needs better training, preparation after Galwan clash: CDS Rawat

General Rawat said India had to keep a watch on all activities of China in the region and Indian soldiers are very adept in fighting in the region, unlike Chinese PLA.
Representational image of an Indian Army convoy moving through Ladakh | Photo: ANI

Joint military command is the future but India can’t rush into it

The amalgamation of 19 military commands into a cohesive joint or theatre command will be India's biggest defence reform. The challenge will be to take everyone along.
(Clockwise) PM Narendra Modi meets CDS General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, in New Delhi this week | ANI

Modi’s new outdoor meeting trend as latest studies raise concerns on indoor Covid spread

Masked up and socially distanced, PM Modi met Army chief General M.M. Naravane, IAF chief R.K.S. Bhadauria & CDS General Bipin Rawat to take stock of Covid readiness.

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India and US flags | Representational image | Bloomberg Photo

Why US and India are taking on China with a ‘Middle Eastern Quad’

China has been wooing Israel and the UAE. Now they both seem to have been pulled away to be part of a second Quad, or the first murmurings of a new world order.

Pushing to have LIC IPO done by March 2022, FM Sitharaman says

Sitharaman said any delay won't be due to a lack of political will. The 65-year old insurer's internal valuation hasn't been done & the process will take time, she added.

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Army bets on technology & not more troops on ground in Eastern Command to deal with China

The 4 Corps under the Eastern Army Command has set up an integrated surveillance centre manned by soldiers from both the Army and the Air Force which tracks the LAC 24x7.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Mohan Bhagwat is right, China is the big threat. But his prescription to counter it is flawed

India can fight China, but it needs peace & stability at home. It can't take on Beijing while re-lighting old fires like NRC or polarising Hindus & Muslims to win elections.
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