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US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin offers to help India on Tejas & AMCA projects

The offer comes ahead of President Donald Trump's maiden visit to India during which the countries are expected to expand defence and military cooperation.

If we had Rafales, we’d have shot down 4-5 Pakistani jets after Balakot: IAF ex-chief Dhanoa

Former IAF chief B.S. Dhanoa says India will hit back harder if Pakistan tries a Pulwama-like attack again.
An Indian Air Force contingent marches along the Rajpath during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

India’s defence forces can’t wait for Modi’s $5-trillion economy dream. Slowdown is hurting

Armed forces’ modernisation is languishing for two decades. We need to enhance the defence budget to a sustained rate of 3-4 per cent of the GDP.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | Photo: ANI

Yogi Adityanath’s ‘rays’ energise all, he governs through iPad: Top UP IAS officer

At curtain raiser of Defence Expo 2020, officer Avnish Awasthi has fulsome praise for CM Yogi Adityanath much to the amusement of the audience.
Narendra Modi inspecting the Guard of Honour at Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day | PIB

IAF, Navy delaying procurement due to funds crunch. And lesser said the better about Army

Former Defence Minister and current Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman must keep Indian forces in mind while allocating Budget 2020. The last one was a disaster.
Jawaharlal Nehru (L) and VK Krishna Menon (R) in New York | Wikimedia Commons

Was Krishna Menon thinking of a coup against Nehru? COAS Gen Thimayya had privately said this

In his new book A Chequered Brilliance, Jairam Ramesh writes about the rivalry between Gen Thimayya and Nehru’s defence minister V.K. Krishna Menon.
Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

CDS General Bipin Rawat gets cracking, Air Defence Command first priority

General Bipin Rawat says efforts will be made to cut out ‘infructuous ceremonial activities’, which are manpower intensive.
Narendra Modi inspecting the Guard of Honour at Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day | PIB

CDS was needed. But Modi govt also creating Department of Military Affairs is a big bonus

Without the DMA, it would have been a challenge for the Chief of Defence Staff to fulfil role. With it, the CDS can be the prime mover in Indian military.

What should role of Chief of Defence Staff be? Experts debate as India gears up for CDS

There is speculation that Modi govt will announce a CDS by the year-end. Experts say he should have financial powers and a role in ensuring jointness in the three services.
File image of Indian Army during a Republic day parade | Wikipedia

Indian Army’s new cadre review will create more problems than resolve

What requires repair is Ministry of Defence, which cannot find ways to fill up vacancies in armed forces, and whose civilian pension budget is way too high.

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Indian origin Senator Kamala Harris

What’s in a name? A lot, if it’s Kamala Harris

Senator David Purdue's mal-pronunciation of Harris's name is emblematic of the struggle minorities have faced while fighting for their rights in US's history.

India at the doorstep of economic revival, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das

Speaking at a book launch, Das said India followed the fiscal expansion path to deal with Covid-related challenges and govt will have to spell out a fiscal roadmap post-Covid.

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Army chief Gen. M.M. Naravane | Photo: ANI

Next military reforms should be to set up integrated theatre commands, says Army chief

Army chief General MM Naravane also said the integration of the armed forces was an inevitability as it would lead to tri-services synergy and optimisation of resources.
Illustration by Soham Sen

NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.