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  • Pakistan plans military exercise with U.S.

    03/08/2010 10:08:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 87+ views
    UPI ^ | 03/08/2010 | UPI
    Pakistani air force joins U.S. counterparts in joint maneuvers over North America using the F-16 Fighting Falcon in late 2010, sources said Monday. Sources to the Pakistani newspaper The National said U.S. and Pakistani teams would participate in defense maneuvers in the United States. "The joint exercises have been planned in the wake of the quality performance of the Pakistani air force in air raids in the tribal areas as part of the war on terror as well as the recognition of its air power in South Asia," the source said on condition of anonymity. Pakistani military officials said air...
  • India expresses concern over US support to Pak army

    03/08/2010 9:01:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 111+ views ^ | 03/06/2010 |
    Government expressed serious concern over the US equipping Pakistan army with modern weapons and asked Washington to ensure that they were not used against India. "United States decision to provide sophisticated weapons (to Pakistan) is a matter of serious concern to India. The US should ensure that these weapons are not targeted against India", Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters here Saturday. Noting that the issue had already been taken up with the US defence weapons, Pakistan , US, army Secretary during his visit to India recently, he said the American explanation that Pakistan army has to be strengthened...
  • India, Pakistan hold first talks since attacks

    02/25/2010 11:29:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 186+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 2/26/2010 | AFP
    ndia and Pakistan held their first formal talks in 14 months yesterday, seeking to put their volatile relationship back on track after it was derailed by the devastating 2008 Mumbai attacks. Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir met for three hours in New Delhi for talks that offered little hope of a breakthrough, but carried vital importance for regional peace and stability. Arguments over the agenda and a brief exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani border guards before the meeting augured badly for major progress, with the probable best-case scenario an agreement to keep...
  • The China Solution

    02/11/2010 6:10:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 423+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 2/10/2010 | The Strategy Page
    India successfully conducted its fourth, and final, pre-service test of its Agni III IRBM (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile) on February 7th. The fifty ton, two stage, solid fuel missile reached an altitude of 350 kilometers before heading down towards its target. A 2006 test was a failure, but tests in 2007 and 2008 were successful, as was the latest one. Over a year ago, India began preparations for putting the Agni III into service. This missile has a 3,500 kilometer range. Currently, the Agni series consists of the Agni I, with a range of 700 kilometers, and the Agni II,...
  • Indian Defence Minister Promises More Space in Armed Forces’ Modernisation for Private Sector

    02/10/2010 6:05:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 2/10/2010 | Defense Professionals
    The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today said the private sector will be allowed to play an increasingly greater role in the modernisation of the Armed Forces. Speaking at a meeting of the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry on the subject ‘Ordnance Factories’, Shri Antony said Defence Public Sector Undertakings alone will not be able to meet all the requirements of the Armed Forces at the pace and time – frame envisaged by the Government. He however, ruled out corporatisation of the Defence arms industry saying “minus corporatisation, we will give more room to the private sector”. The Defence...
  • Why India's military needs an urgent update

    02/09/2010 11:37:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 350+ views ^ | 1/09/2010 | Pramod Kumar Buravalli
    When I heard the India Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik admitting last year that India lacks the air power to meet the myriad terror threats facing the country, I didn't blame him. He was and is still right. When you have identified adversaries in all geographical directions and just 29 operational squadrons in your air force, how can you claim to be a strong and sovereign nation? Can you protect all of your borders let alone airspace, cities and strategic installations? Can you even contemplate using the air force to launch a counter strike and a...
  • New Delhi looks to play facilitator in Indian Ocean region

    02/08/2010 12:10:28 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 283+ views
    The New Economic Times ^ | 01/08/2010 | The New Economic Times
    With Sukhoi-30 MKI fighters generating sonic booms over the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago on Sunday, even as the 3,500-km Agni-III missile created fireworks off the Orissa coast, India sent a strong strategic message across Bay of Bengal that it is ready to play the role of a security facilitator in the larger Indian Ocean Region (IOR). India might not want to be seen as a regional supercop in the IOR, nor as the prime mover of a naval military bloc in the Asia-Pacific region . But yes, it has legitimate security concerns in the IOR, which falls in its strategic...
  • China Takes Sides

    02/05/2010 1:39:41 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 237+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 02/05/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Pakistani officials continue to press the U.S. for missile armed UAVs, so Pakistan can go after targets it selects, and ease the American UAVs out of Pakistan. The U.S. doesn't trust the Pakistanis, who can be bribed, and often have divided (pro-Taliban) loyalties. Pakistani politicians don't care, or at least have learned to live with these two problems, and want control of UAVs so they won't continue getting criticized for allowing American UAVs to deal with hunting down and killing terrorist leaders. This is considered humiliating by many, if not most, Pakistanis. But if the Pakistani government were in charge,...
  • Pakistan nuclear arsenal safe: Top US spy chief

    02/03/2010 11:18:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 226+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 3/3/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    Pakistan's military knows there were would "catastrophic consequences, primarily for Pakistan," if any of its nuclear bombs fell into the wrong hands, the top US intelligence official said Wednesday. Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair's comments came one day after he told the Senate Intelligence Committee that "vulnerabilities exist" in Pakistan's nuclear safeguards. "The Pakistan army takes very seriously the security of its weapons, and they know the catastrophic consequences -- primarily for Pakistan -- if they were to get loose," Blair told the House Intelligence Committee. "From what we see of the measures that they take, they are keeping...
  • Half of India's defence equipment outdated

    01/28/2010 1:50:37 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 426+ views
    The Economic Times ^ | 1/13/2010 | Reuters/Economic Times
    At least half of the country's defence equipment is obsolete and needs urgent upgrade, a report said on Wednesday, underlining gaps in its defence preparedness in a region roiled by Islamist militancy and military rivalries. Only 15 per cent of India's equipment is "state of the art", according to the first comprehensive report on the country's defence sector prepared by global consultancy firm KPMG and the Confederation of Indian Industry. New Delhi changed its defence procurement policy last year to further open its defence sector to the world and local companies after the Mumbai attacks in November 2008, in which...
  • India – M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers

    01/27/2010 10:27:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 573+ views ^ | 1/26/2010 | Defense Security Cooperation Agency
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Jan. 22 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of 145 M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers with Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems (LINAPS) and associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support for a complete package worth approximately $647 million. The Government of India has requested a possible sale of 145 M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers with Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems (LINAPS), warranty, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representatives’ technical assistance, engineering and logistics support...
  • Indian Army New War Doctrine Analyzed

    01/22/2010 1:48:46 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 341+ views
    South Asia Analysis Group ^ | 1/15/2010 | Dr. Subhash Kapila
    The Indian Army’s enunciation of a New War doctrine was long overdue in the light of India's embattled security environment. The last Indian war doctrine ‘The COLD START War Doctrine" which was a Pakistan-specific war doctrine was formulated nearly five years back. India’s two major adversaries, namely Pakistan and China, have in the last five years lapsed into stronger adversarial postures. A strategic review of India’s military postures and plans was certainly called for at this juncture. Pakistan today stands externally and internally besieged with distinct possibilities of disintegration and Talibanization and its nuclear weapons falling into the hands of...
  • Pakistan warns against 'massive' Indian arms build-up

    01/13/2010 10:29:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 445+ views
    Space War ^ | 01/13/2010 | AFP Via Space War
    Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email Search All Our Sites - Powered By Bing Pakistan voiced concern Wednesday over a "massive" arms build-up by rival India, warning that it could destabilise the regional balance. The National Command Authority (NCA), which oversees the country's nuclear assets, at a meeting took note of developments "detrimental" to the objectives of strategic stability in the region, an official statement said. "India continues to pursue an ambitious militarisation programme and offensive military doctrines," the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said. "Massive inductions of advanced weapon systems, including installation of ABMs (anti-ballistic missiles),...
  • Pakistan, India exchange nuclear site lists: ministry

    01/03/2010 10:00:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 201+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/1/2010 | Staff Writers vis Apace War
    Pakistan and India on Friday exchanged lists of their nuclear sites under an annual accord, after a year of strained relations between the arch-rivals, Pakistan's foreign ministry said. The New Year's Day exchange is aimed at protecting the sites in case of war and was established under a 1988 agreement on the prohibition of attacks on each other's nuclear installations. "The governments of Pakistan and India today exchanged lists of their respective nuclear installations and facilities," a ministry statement said. It added that the lists were handed over to officers of the Pakistani and Indian high commissions in New Delhi...
  • We Few, Against The World

    01/01/2010 2:21:43 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 322+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/30/2009 | The Strategy Page
    In Pakistan, police have engaged the population to identify Islamic terrorist cells and prevent more bombing attacks (which are killing mostly civilians). As a result, police have recently seized 2.5 tons of explosives and interrupted at least six terrorist bombings. In the tribal territories, 700 retired members of the Frontier Corps (the border police) were called up to help deal with the terrorist threat. For over a decade, the Pakistani government has been split over how to deal with Islamic radical groups. Until the last few years, those officials and institutions who sought to protect Islamic radical groups, were able...
  • Pakistan's New Generation of Terrorists

    12/17/2009 11:57:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 238+ views
    CFR Publications ^ | 10/26/2009 | Jayshree Bajoria
    As an increasing number of suicide attacks rock Pakistan's major cities, concerns for the country's security are rising. In recent years, many new terrorist groups have emerged, several existing groups have reconstituted themselves, and a new crop of militants has emerged, more violent and less conducive to political solutions than their predecessors. Links between many of these new and existing groups have strengthened, say experts, giving rise to fresh concerns for stability. Pakistani authorities have long had ties to militant groups based on their soil that largely focused their efforts in Afghanistan and India. But with Pakistan joining the United...
  • India tests nuclear-capable ballistic missile

    12/14/2009 1:44:20 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 294+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/13/2009 | Space War Via AFP
    India successfully tested a nuclear-capable ballistic missile from a ship near the east coast on Sunday, a defence official said. The Dhanush, which has a short range of 350 kilometres (220 miles), is a navy version of the surface-to-surface Prithvi missile and can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads. The missile was successfully fired from a ship in the Bay of Bengal, said S.P. Das, director of Integrated Test Range, a unit of India's Defence Research and Development Organisation. "The test met all the requisite parameters," he said. The Dhanush was last tested in 2007. Last month, India conducted the...
  • The Taliban's Shadowy Partners

    12/08/2009 6:01:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 638+ views ^ | December 8, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    War On Terror: The anti-war crowd says the small number of enemy fighters inside Afghanistan doesn't justify sending 30,000 fresh troops there. They fail to understand the larger problem. Sen. Barbara Boxer complains al-Qaida is scarcely in Afghanistan. She cites an intelligence report leaked to ABC News that only 100 fighters are actually present inside the country, along with several thousand Taliban fighters. "I do not support adding more troops," the California Democrat argued, "because there are now 200,000 American, NATO and Afghan forces fighting roughly 20,000 Taliban and less than 100 al-Qaida." In other words, why are we even...
  • Pakistan's Military Corruption

    12/06/2009 2:38:10 PM PST · by gandalftb · 4 replies · 586+ views
    Jang, The News ^ | Sunday, December 06, 2009 | Rauf Klasra
    Billions of rupees of loans written off from Pakistan's state-owned banks...Army led institutions plundered the Army Welfare Trust, Rs14.49 million. General Kuli Khan, two Allied Bank loans written off: Rs1.8 million and Rs1.6 million against Janana De Malucho Textile Mills, owned by his father General Habibullah Khan. His brother Gohar Ayub Khan, Rs7.2 million written off against Rehana Woolen Mills.Lt General Azhar, Rex Breen Batteries, Rs16 million, Major General Mumtaz, Lt Colonel Shaukat, Major Tajuddin Rs1.2 million, Major General Ghaziuddn, Major General Umar, Rs8.5 million written off, Agriculture Development Bank.Air Marshal Azeem, Rs15 million written off, Pakistani Kuwait Investment Co....
  • Af-Pak policy: ISI must fall in line

    12/05/2009 1:42:28 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 327+ views
    he Economic Times ^ | 12/04/2009 | ET Bureau
    The Manmohan Singh government on Thursday said it was imperative for the international community to continue putting pressure on Pakistan to dismantle the safe havens that export terror into the neighbourhood. Responding to President Barack Obama’s Afghan policy, MEA spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said Pakistan has to be persuaded to root out these safe havens. `` India believes that it is in the interest of the international community to impress upon Pakistan that it must use all its influence and resources to implement its commitments to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism and to deny sanctuary to all terrorist groups who operate...