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Indian Air Force fighter jets fly during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

Deploy IAF flypast to take migrants home, not waste precious flying hours for a show

Parents of Colonel NS Bal weren't airlifted by the IAF to perform their son’s last rites last month. We must ponder what counts for morale.
The Ministry of Defence meeting to review the progress on implementing the Shekatkar report | Photo: ANI

Bureaucracy intact in Indian military. DMA only brings ill-advised orders for armed forces

CDS Rawat-led Department of Military Affairs is trying to fix measures for habitat and infrastructure projects of the armed forces. But its measures signal far-reaching reforms.
Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Ready to operate beyond mandate to fight the pandemic: CDS Bipin Rawat

In interview to ThePrint, Rawat also says Quick Reaction Medical Teams (QRMTs) have been readied to mobilise at short notice to meet the requirements of civil administration.
CDS General Bipin Rawat | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Wide variation in disability pensions of jawans, officers creating ‘heartburn’: CDS Rawat

Deposing before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, General Bipin Rawat said he has been meeting jawans who were asking why this gap was not being narrowed. 
Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Three pitfalls of CDS, Dept of Military Affairs and why it should make us sceptical

CDS Rawat must articulate a management structure in the DMA that is internally consistent and logical. Otherwise, the military risks being neither here nor there.
Lieutenant General D.P. Pandey is the first director general of the Territorial Army | Twitter: @adgpi

Territorial Army set for overhaul as voluntary force gets its first director general

Lt Gen D.P. Pandey takes over as the first director general as plans are afoot to engage the Territorial Army in better operational and intelligence roles.  
Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint.in

Not media, CDS Rawat should be talking to military chiefs about India’s defence reform

Rawat’s position is only first among equals vis-à-vis the service chiefs and he has no command authority. This mandates a consultative process.
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

CDS & military integration not a silver bullet for institutional issues in national security

If anything, India's political leaders will now be more susceptible to military advice without any corresponding increase in their ability to interrogate them.
File image of INS Vikramaditya

Indian Navy will push ahead with plan for 3rd aircraft carrier despite CDS’ reservations

The Navy believes it should have two aircraft carriers available for deployment at all times, even if one is undergoing re-fits.
Indian Air Force fighter jets fly during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

India will purchase 110 new fighter jets in staggered manner, says CDS Gen Bipin Rawat

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, who is mandated with prioritising capital procurement, says India will likely buy more submarines for the Navy too.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.