1 December 2013

Newsletter Dec 2013


Air Space Power Journal, November-December 2013, v. 27, no. 6 http://www.au.af.mil/au/audocs/ASPJ-Nov-Dec-2013.pdf

Combating Terrorism Exchange (CTX), November 2013, v. 3, no. 4 https://globalecco.org/documents/10180/507287/CTXVol3No4.pdf

The State of India's Cities and Towns
Jochen Mistelbacher & Prashant Kumar
10 December 2013


State of India’s Cities and Towns—A Book of Charts on the NCT Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram http://orfonline.org/cms/export/orfonline/modules/issuebrief/attachments/previewstate_1385811104715.pdf

Construction Finishing of Likely New Indian Centrifuge Facility at Rare Materials Plant http://isis-online.org/uploads/isis-reports/documents/RMP_4_Dec_2013.pdf

India Should Rebalance Regional Focus http://idsa.in/system/files/PB_stobdanIndiareg.pdf.pdf

India and China—Exploring Partnership in Afghanistan http://idsa.in/system/files/PB_indiaafghanistan.pdf

India and Africa: Enhancing Mutual Engagement
2013Publisher: Pantagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-751-7
Price: Rs.795/- [Download Now]

Fourth YB Chavan Memorial Lecture
Maritime Security of India - Future Challenges delivered by Admiral (Retd.) Arun Prakash Click here for complete text [+]

Stability and Growth in South Asia

This book examines the forces and processes which have led to relative political stability or unleashed trends in that direction in some countries of South Asia. It also delves into the factors that have stimulated economic growth in some countries, and impeded economic growth in others. Eminent authors from the region examine how far the positive political and economic trends in the region are irreversible or lend themselves to internal convulsions or external influences. E-Book Available More [+]

November 30, 2013

In this third part of the Policy Paper series, P Stobdan argues that India should continue to remain engaged in Asia-Pacific for reasons not only confined to mercantile interest but also because it is an arena shaping the major powers behaviour. At the same, a regional rebalancing and attention to equally critical Central and West Asia will broaden India’s prospects for shaping the global order.

November 28, 2013

In this second-part of the Policy Paper series, P Stobdan suggests that in the recent Indian strategic discourse, commentators have been exulting the US ‘Asia Pivot’ and seriously hoped that the idea will offset China’s regional outreach, for it also appeared similar to India’s own ‘Look East’ policy, which to an extent enabled New Delhi to ruffle a few feathers in the East Asian region.

November 26, 2013

In a 4-part series of Policy Papers, P Stobdan analyses India's response to the global shifts and how India’s strategic perception seems to have altered dramatically in the recent years. What it essentially means is that embracing the cold-war perception or adopting any containment strategy is unlikely to be enduring in the longer run.

November 29, 2013

The Emperor of Japan and his wife are visiting India. 60-years ago they had laid the foundation stone of India International Centre. The visit will further strengthen India-Japan strategic partnership in the backdrop of major global and regional geopolitical shifts, particularly the rise of China; the US policy of ‘rebalancing’ and “pivot to Asia;” and maritime security challenges in the Indian and Pacific Oceans

The Role of Myanmar’s Military in Democratic Transition and Implications for India

Myanmar military’s ethos can be traced back to the country’s national struggle for freedom with its founding fathers being of socialist persuasion rather than professional soldiers (Burma Independence Army; founded by a group of nationalists known as Thirty Comrades).


Sources of Tension in Afghanistan & Pakistan: Perspectives from the Region in 2013: 3. India http://www.cidob.org/en/content/download/37219/583908/file/NOVEMBER_PERSPECTIVES+FROM+THE+REGION_INDIA.pdf

Islam, Jamhooriyat and Pakistan (Islam, Democracy and Pakistan) [in Urdu] http://san-pips.com/download.php?f=228.pdf

China’s Reactor Sale to Pakistan: The Known Unknowns http://www.idsa.in/issuebrief/ChinasReactorSaletoPakistan_gbalachandran_151113

Pakistan's Security Today and Tomorrow: Highlights from the Conference 22-23 January 2009, Ottawa https://www.csis.gc.ca/pblctns/cdmctrch/PAKISTAN_ENGLISH_REPORT_2013.pdf

Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS)

Conflict  Peace Studies, Spring 2013, v. 5, no. 1 http://san-pips.com/download.php?f=250.pdf

Pakistan's Illegal Nuclear Procurement Exposed in 1987 http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nukevault/ebb446/

Charting the Data for US Airstrikes in Pakistan, 2004 - 2013

Pakistan's New Generation of Terrorists 

November 15, 2013

The reported offer of China to sell 1000 MWe reactors to Pakistan has raised a number of issues. China applied for NSG membership in 2004 only after being satisfied that it can safeguard its nuclear commerce with Pakistan even after joining NSG. It must be clearly understood that China’s application for joining NSG was at the repeated appeals of NSG and not the other way around.


2013 Annual Report to Congress
November 20, 2013

Report PDFs: 

China and the Arctic: China's Interests and Participation in the Region http://www.cigionline.org/publications/2013/11/china-and-arctic-chinas-interests-and-participation-region


Stability and Growth in South Asia

Publisher: Pantagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-748-7
Price: Rs.995/- [Download Now]

Preventing Nuclear War in South Asia: Unprecedented Challenges, Unprecedented Solutions http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/pre

Iran, Afghanistan, and South Asia—Resolving Regional Sources of Instability http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/images/publications/IAS_Resolving_Regional_Sources_of_Instability_web.pdf

The Russian Pivot to Asia Pacific
Source Link
Baladas Ghoshal



France and India: Decoding the Strategic Partnership

Yves-Marie Rault

Peace Audit Nepal

The Failed States Index (FSI) Report: A Critique


Iran and The Gulf Military Balance II: The Nuclear and Missile Dimensions http://csis.org/files/publication/131207_gulf_military_balance.pdf

Sunni-Shia Relations After the Iraq War http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/PB160.pdf
How to Think About the Middle East Before the “Arab Spring” – and After http://www.fpri.org/docs/Garfinkle_-_HI_-_ME_Before_and_After_Arab_Spring.pdf

Engaging the Muslim World: Public Diplomacy after 9/11 in the Arab Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan http://csis.org/files/publication/131011_Douglas_EngagingMuslimWorld_Web.pdf

The Other “Pivot to Asia” - The Shifting Strategic Importance of Gulf Petroleum http://csis.org/files/publication/131118_Other_Pivot_Asia.pdf

Inflection Point—Requirements for an Enduring Diplomatic Solution to the Iranian Nuclear Challenge http://www.cnas.org/sites/default/files/publications-pdf/CNAS_InflectionPoint_Kahl_0.pdf


Africa’s Information Revolution : Implications for Crime, Policing, and Citizen Security http://africacenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ARP5-Africas-Information-Revolution1.pdf

What Is Next for Mali? The Roots of Conflict and Challenges to Stability http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1185


Central Asia After 2014

Reforming the Police in Post-Soviet States: Georgia and Kyrgyzstan http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1184

China vs. Central Asia. The achievements of the past two decades http://www.osw.waw.pl/sites/default/files/prace_45_cina_vs_asia_ang-net.pdf

The Radical Islamic Militants of Central Asia 


A Strong and Focused National Security Strategy 

Rebalancing the US Army Towards Asia 

The Future of America’s Strategic Nuclear Deterrent 

 Arctic Strategy 


The Cyberspace Operations Planner: Challenges to Education and Understanding of Offensive Cyberspace Operations

White paper: The Intelligence Community’s Role Within U.S. Cyber R&D

U.S. Governmental Information Operations and Strategic Communications: A Discredited Tool or User Failure? Implications for Future Conflict 

Future Technology Landscapes: Insights, Analysis and Implications for Defence: Case Study Documentation http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR478z1.html

Policy Forum on the Use of Big Data in Homeland Security

UAVs and Force: Current Debates and Future Trends in Technology, Policy and the Law 

Matters Mil

Military Review: November-December 2013 Issue Now Online
SWJ Blog Post | November 20, 

The complete edition as well as all articles are in pdf format. Complete issues may have large file sizes that may take some time to download. Individual articles can be accessed by clicking on the article title below.

Mission Command in the Regionally Aligned Division Headquarters by Brig. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., U.S. Army; Col. Patrick Matlock, U.S. Army; Lt. Col. Christopher R. Norrie, U.S. Army; and Maj. Karen Radka, U.S. Army

1st Armored Division provides a force generation model for a regionally aligned headquarters based on a mission command philosophy and forward-focused mindset.

The Strategic Planning “Problem” by Maj. Gen. Gordon B. "Skip" Davis Jr., U.S. Army; Brig. Gen. Thomas C. Graves, U.S. Army; and Col. Christopher N. Prigge, U.S. Army

A group of senior officers call for further education of our officer corps to develop better collaboration, communication, and influence skills at the strategic level and critical and creative thinking skills in general.

Delivering the Command and General Staff Officer Course at the Operational Edge by Lt. Col. John A. Schatzel, U.S. Army, Retired, and Lt. Col. Wendell Stevens, U.S. Army, Retired

Professional military education is critical to developing leaders who run the Army and lead our soldiers in unified land operations. The Command and General Staff College educates officers serving throughout the world with its resident and nonresident courses.

Taking Ownership of Mission Command by Maj. Demetrios A. Ghikas, U.S. Army

An award winning author posits that mission command is the Army’s answer to the uncertainty, ambiguity, and fog of war and conflict. Leaders in every situation and every setting must practice mission command.

If we are to have leaders who truly practice mission command and can win the peace, our Army requires a fundamental reorientation, one that supports deep changes to Army culture, doctrine, training, personnel management, and education.

Leader Preparation to Support Rebuilding by Lt. Gen. Frederic J. (Rick) Brown, Ph.D., U.S. Army, Retired

To improve the effectiveness and efficiency of operating and generating forces, one accomplished author suggests teams of leaders using high performing leader team building and intensive collaboration across borders.

Fighting and Winning Like Women by Dr. Robert M. Hill

Success in the Army, or any military service, should not be determined by race, gender, sexual orientation, or even sexual identity but by one’s competence.

Commanders Intent and Concept of Operations by Maj. Richard Dempsey, U.S. Army, and Maj. Jonathan M. Chavous, U.S. Army

The author argues that the “expert” multi-paged concept of operations in electronic media used now could lead to a disjointed understanding of the concept of operations. He calls for a return to doctrinally complete mission orders.

Fighting sexual assault in the Army is in some ways like fighting an insurgency. Using the principles of COIN to identify possible predators, their territory, and their weapons will help stop sexual assaults.

The Electron Theory of Leadership: Enabling Senior Leaders to Really See Their Organizations by Maj. Gen. Richard Longo, U.S. Army, and Lt. Col. Joe Doty, Ph.D., U.S. Army, Retired

The authors offer five methods commanders can use to help assess their subordinate units without having to wonder if they are seeing the real deal or a “dog and pony show.”

A Role for Land Warfare Forces in Overcoming A2/AD by Col. Vincent Alcazar, U.S. Air Force, and Col. Thomas M. Lafleur, U.S. Army

Preparing for land warfare in the future begins today with an emphasis on future tactics, techniques, and procedures and associated concept of operations to maximize U.S. technologies in innovate ways.

REVIEW ESSAY - Captain Witold Pilecki by Daniel Paliwoda, Ph.D.

Witold Pilecki just about signs his own death warrant by allowing himself to be sent to Auschwitz; for that reason, one realizes immediately that Pilecki was a special man whose moral code is rare.

MANPADS Threat and International Efforts to Address It 

Joint Pub 2-0, Joint Intelligence, 22 October 2013 http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/new_pubs/jp2_0.pdf

Joint Pub 1-05, Religious Affairs in Joint Operations, 20 November 2013

Joint Pub 3-06, Joint Urban Operations, 20 November 2013

Educating the Force for Strategic Land Power

State Collapse, Insurgency, and Counterinsurgency: Lessons from Somalia 

From ‘Three Blocks’ to ‘Three Islands’: The Thin Line Between Police and Military Operations in Contested Maritime Spaces

The Network vs the BCT: Organizational Overmatch in Hybrid Strategies 

Russia & Iran: Strategic Alliance or Marriage of Convenience 

Security Of Cities—Ecology And Conflict On An Urbanizing Planet


The Politics of Plenty: Balancing Climate and Energy Security 

Beyond Crisis Management: A Practical Lifeline for Decision-makers in the Dark 

Poverty, Peace, and China: PKSOI and World Bank Perspectives 

The Shale Gas Revolution and its Impact on the GCC Economy 

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