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India's Higher Defence: Organisation and Management

R Venkataraman (Author) Jasjit Singh (Author)
Synopsis Experts have repeatedly affirmed that the military debacle of 1962 is directly attributable to the failure of the Higher Defence Management. If the Indian leadership of 1947 had the resolve to establish the Higher Defence Organisation (HDO) through a Cabinet resolution within weeks of gaining independence, what went wrong in the first fifteen years?

The Kargil episode was another sad reminder of the state of affairs, as brought out by the Kargil Review Committee and the Group of Ministers' (GoM's) report on Reforming the National Security System. This book dwells in detail on various reforms undertaken since Kargil and surveys the shortcomings that continue to plague defence decision-making in India. Almost a decade after the submission of the GoM's report, the book is an aide memoire of the fact that the time has arrived to take a fresh look at higher defence and analyse where we stand now.

Exploring the past and discovering the genesis of Indian Defence Management since the Vedic Age, the book covers a large ground in analysing the role of HDO during the inter-state conflicts since independence, issues in defence planning, post-Kargil reforms, functioning of the Chiefs of Staffs Committee, the CDS impasse and the functioning of the National Security Mechanism.
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Bibliographic information

Title India's Higher Defence: Organisation and Management
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.03.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher KW Publishers
Language: English
isbn 9789380502564
length xx+302p., Illustrations; Map; 24cm.