Sandeep Unnithan
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The writer is Executive Editor, India Today.

POLITICS

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Kaun banega COSC or Chairman of the Chiefs of Staffs Committee?

Without a mandate and clearly defined executive powers, the permanent COSC may just remain a ceremonial post of little consequence.

POLITICS

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Why Army will have to wait more for new carbines

A technical committee of the ministry of defence has raised questions over pricing.

POLITICS

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Sri Lanka’s Islamist nightmare: Why the investigation is being closely watched by India and Maldives

The ISIS aims to heighten religious tensions through mass casualty attacks on places of worship. Sri Lanka has so far not focused intensively on ISIS recruits and splinter groups. That will change.

POLITICS

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Mission Shakti: Technology demonstrator or new weapon in the arsenal?

The Project Shakti technology demonstrator brings out India’s latent capability to detect, track and destroy satellites in orbit. It is unclear whether this test was a one-off or the start of a formal ASAT programme.

POLITICS

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The red tape and delay in procuring specialised firepower from the United States

The elite Special Force units have resorted to stripping de-commissioned battle tanks or using weapons recovered from militants in the absence of the equipment to be procured from the US.

POLITICS

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To Russia with love: Undeterred by looming threat of US sanctions, why India is going ahead with joint ventures with Russian arms firms

A majority of the government-to-government deals are being directly steered by the PMO underlining their strategic nature.

POLITICS

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Pulwama attack: Why SVBIEDS are favored by terror groups for mass casualty attacks

The return of the car bomb, and more worryingly, volunteers willing to drive them, pose deadly new challenges.

POLITICS

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Why the AgustaWestland case is unlikely to go away

After the 2G scam, it is the most powerful symbol of UPA corruption.

POLITICS

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Why Admiral Sunil Lanba’s visit to a French nuclear shipyard is significant

India has closely followed the development of France’s new attack submarine for over a decade owing to its potential to transform the navy’s submarine arm.

POLITICS

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Did Las Vegas shooter use military-style sniping tactics to maximise death toll?

Stephen Paddock, the alleged perpetrator of the deadliest shooting in US history, used assault rifles to kill 59 persons and wound over 500 others.