Already the world's largest importer of defence equipment and related products, India continues to take resolute steps to modernise its armed and paramilitary forces. The latent but real security threat, both external and internal has reinforced India's endeavour to equip and train its forces with the best accessible equipment and systems.
India has had the distinction of being one of the largest importers f defence equipment for the past many years. While this trend is likely to continue for the next few years, India is now actively seeking to boost arms exports 20-fold within a decade to reach $3 billion. This push, if successful, would transform India from being one of the world's biggest importers into a major seller of defence equipment.
Make-in-India is one such initiative With the active support of our editorial team comprising of senior and internationally highly respected, writers and includes senior, now retired generals, admirals and air marshals, diplomats as also those who headed security and intelligence bureaux, we have built a reputation as the leading platform for the fastest, most accurate news and analysis in India.
The idea of going 'Digital First' was not new. We have been experimenting with the idea - with the intent of publishing news, analysis, stories online as quickly as possible, without worrying about holding the stories for print editions. Today 'Homeland Warriors Digital' is no longer 'Work in Progress'. We can followed on all forms of digital media, be it the on your Mobile Phone, Web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Linkedin.
Homeland Warriors aims to connect with India's large establishment of 'Homeland Warriors', be they from the three wings of the armed forces, or Paramilitary Forces which constitute the nation's collective armed sinews. Every day we cover topics related to Defence and Homeland Security matters and highlight features such as the soldier-as-a-system, weaponry, training and tactics, ground, sea and air transportation, logistic support, medical cover, special kits & gear, surveillance systems, communication, command & control and various high-tech systems which is the sine qua non of the Homeland Warrior.
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The Team Behind Homeland Warriors Digital
Brig. Gurmeet S. Kanwal(retd.)Writer
Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (Ret’d.) is a Delhi-based adjunct fellow with the Wadhwani Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Until recently, he was director of the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) in New Delhi (January 2008–March 2012). Brig. Kanwal commanded an infantry brigade in the high-altitude Gurez Sector in northern Kashmir on the Line of Control with Pakistan (Operation Parakram, 2001–2003) and an artillery regiment in counterinsurgency operations in the Kashmir Valley (Operation Rakshak, 1993–1994). He has served as deputy assistant chief of integrated defence staff (doctrine, organization, and training) at HQ Integrated Defence Staff, New Delhi; director MO-5 in the Directorate General of Military Operations at Army Headquarters (dealing with threat, strategy, and force structure); UN military observer in UNTAG, Namibia; brigade major of an infantry brigade and instructor-in-gunnery at the School of Artillery, Devlali.
Lt Gen. Kamal Dawar (retd)
Lt General Davar was commissioned into the 7th Light Cavalry regiment of the Indian Army. As a young officer Davar participated in the 1965 India-Pakistan War during which he was wounded in action. Subsequently, he also participated in active operations during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. He eventually rose to command the 86 Armoured Regiment of the Indian Army, and also to serve on the Indian Military Training Team in Iraq. As a Major General, Davar commanded the Ladakh division, and served as Chief of Staff at the Corps Headquarters in Nagrota, Jammu and Kashmir. He subsequently rose to become General officer commanding of an Army Corps in Punjab, in the rank of Lieutenant General. After completion of command as GOC of a corps, he was appointed Director-General, Mechanised Forces at Army headquarters in 2001. On 5 March 2002, the government announced Davar's appointment as the first Chief of The Defence Intelligence Agency(DIA) and Deputy Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff. General Davar served as the Colonel of the Regiment of 86 Armoured Regiment, as well as that of 74 Armoured Regiment.
Dr. Manoj Joshi
Manoj Joshi is a Distinguished Fellow at the ORF. He has been a journalist specialising on national and international politics and is a commentator and columnist on these issues. As a reporter, he has written extensively on issues relating to Siachen, Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka and terrorism in Kashmir and Punjab. He was most recently a member of the Task Force on National Security chaired by Mr Naresh Chandra to propose reforms in the security apparatus of the country.He has been the political editor of The Times of India, Editor (Views) Hindustan Times, Defence Editor of India Today, National Affairs Editor of Mail Today, the Washington Correspondent of The Financial Express and a Special Correspondent of The Hindu in his three decade long career as a journalist. Before that he was an Academic Fellow of the American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad.He has been a member of the National Security Council’s Advisory Board and is the author of two books On the Kashmir issue and several papers in professional journals.He is a graduate from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University and a Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has been a Visiting Professor at the SIS, JNU, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University.
Arvind Ranjan (IPS)IPS
Over three decades of rich experience in Indian Police Service which includes leading elite security forces like CISF, NSG, and working in BSF, CISF, SPG and Kerala State Police in various capacities. Arvind is proficient in analyzing multi-locational security framework and guiding/delivering revitalized, efficient and technology enabled security solutions for large organizations which will enhance the efficiency, and productivity apart from ensuring loss prevention. He is an effective leader with distinguished abilities in man-management, technical excellence, collaborative & consultative hands on approach to exceed expectations.
Maj Gen Ashok K Mehta
Ashok K. Mehta is a former Major general of the Indian Army, and a radio and television commentator, and a columnist on defence and security issues. He was founder-member of the Defence Planning Staff in the Ministry of Defence, India. Mehta joined the Indian Army in 1957, and was commissioned in the 5th Gorkha Rifles infantry regiment in the same year. Since then, he fought in all the major wars India went into, except in the Sino-Indian Warof 1962, as he was on a peacekeeping mission in Zaire that time. After the retirement, he serves as a regular radio and television commentator, and a policy analyst/columnist on South Asian security affairs. Major general Mehta is an Advisor to the Gurkha Memorial Trust, Kathmandu, and Member of the India-Nepal Track 2 Dialogue. He has also been a consulting editor in the Indian Defence Review, a member of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and the director of Security and Political Risk Analysis.
Brig (Dr) Arun Sehgal
Brigadier Arun Sahgal (retired) is an independent consultant at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, and served in the Indian Army for over 36 years. He has a Master of Science in Defence Studies and a Ph.D in Defence and Strategic Studies, and served as the Director of the Office of Net Assessment. He has headed the Center for Strategic Studies and Simulation, the United Service Institution of India, a senior fellow of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses and a distinguished fellow of the School of Geopolitics at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education. Saghal continues to support the Indian Joint Staff and Service Headquarters as a consultant and contributes to a variety of international and national journal. He consults for Jane’s Information Group and Booz Allen Hamilton. He has authored, co-authored, or contributed to a variety of Indian Net Assessment studies, books on Indian relations with China and Central Asia, and the military balance in Southern Asia.
Rana T S Chhina
Born and raised in New Delhi, Rana TS Chhina was selected for the National Defence Academy in 1976, shortly after graduating from St. Columba's School. He went on to serve with distinction as a helicopter pilot in all sectors in which the Indian Air Force was operational. From 1990–93 he was a flight instructor at Air Force training institutions. Rana TS Chhina is one of a small group of Indian officers to receive the rarely awarded prestigious MacGregor Medal for valuable military reconnaissance. He holds the record for a high-altitude flight (landing) for a medium-lift helicopter. Since retiring from active service in 1997 as a Squadron Leader, Chhina has become a leading historian of the Indian Air Force and the former British Indian Army. He was responsible for organising the Indian Air Force archives at Air Headquarters.