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U.S. Naval Update Map

STRATFOR U.S. Naval Update Map: Nov. 30, 2011 The Naval Update Map shows an approximation of the current locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs) and Amphibious Ready Groups (ARGs), the keys to U.S. dominance of the world’s oceans. A CSG is centered on an aircraft carrier, which projects U.S. naval and air power and supports a carrier air wing (CVW). The CSG includes significant offensive strike capability. An ARG is centered on three amphibious warfare ships, with a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked. An MEU is built around a heavily reinforced and mobile battalion of Marines. Carrier Strike Groups The USS John C. Stennis CSG with CVW 9 embarked is under way in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. The USS George H.W. Bush CSG with CVW 8 embarked is under way in the U.S. 6th Fleet AOR after having completed five months of combat operations in

China’s Impact on India-Nepal Relations

Hariharan, C3S Paper No 901 dated November 21, 2011 The increasingly loud and belligerent assertion of China’s claims in South China has become a matter of strategic concern for many nations for diverse reasons. It comes at a time when nations with diverse interest in the Southeast Asia from the India to Vietnam to Japan and the U.S. are already concerned about China’s growing strategic strength. Even other nations of the ASEAN group, who do not vocalise their concerns over this development for reasons of real politick, are equally uncomfortable though China is fully established as a trading partner among them. The recent U.S.-Australian agreement to station U.S. Marines in bases in Australia is directly related to this concern. For India, it sends clear message of China’s sensitivity to India’s efforts at upgrading its relations in Southeast Asia. Read in the light of escalating strategic collaboration between China and Pakistan including the in

Combating terrorism: three years after 26/11

By Col. R. Hariharan How is India’s war on terror going on three years after 26-11 Mumbai attacks? Like the proverbial curate’s eggs it is good in parts, while bad otherwise. But overall, it would be realistic to call it “limping.” In a nutshell, at the Central level the progress is somewhat better while at the state level it is uneven and tardy. At the operational level halting progress has been made in structural mechanisms and in force levels. Leadership drive and commitment to fight terrorism demonstrated in the U.S. after 9/11 attack is missing here. Even well-thought out plans continue to be hobbled by the deadweight of political priorities and considerations, rather than real time needs of counter terrorism. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaking at the annual conference of the State police chiefs and Inspectors-General of Police at New Delhi on September 15, 2011 gave an overview of the progress India has so far made in combating terror. He said, “The security environment in

NATO Attack on Pak Check Post - Ramifications On 26th November 2011 (around 2.00 am local time), helicopters/aircraft belonging to NATO/International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) carried out an attack, alleged to be unprovoked by Pakistan, on a military border outpost at Baizai area of Mohmand tribal region a lawless border area which abuts Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, killing about 24 to 28 soldiers including a major and a captain. Fifteen more personnel were wounded and the death toll could rise as condition of some of the injured was reported to be serious. The attack prompted Islamabad to launch strong protest with the United States and close its frontier for supplies to allied forces in Afghanistan. Pakistani authorities responded to the attack by stopping all container trucks and tankers carrying supplies for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The attack threatened to further strain the already tense US-Pak relations. Accord

Hindus in Pakistan: The nowhere people Tarun Vijay in New Delhi Tarun Vijay visits a tent camp in New Delhi where Hindu refugees from Pakistan try and start a new life. P akistan doesn't send just terrorists like Ajmal Kasab. They send Hindus too -- forcing them to flee if they want to save their honour and their lives. The common Hindu is a mute spectator to the changing times and the Abbotabad, Haqqani and ISI phenomenon. He cannot comment on the political situation of his country. He cannot vote as freely as a common Muslim Pakistani. He is constitutionally directed to vote only for the Hindu candidates in their designated constituencies. A country that might have taken birth in 1947, but the land belonged to his ancestors for centuries. He is as much the owner of the land of the 'pure' as any other religionist. But while the 'other' religionist is free to vote and

US Raid in Mohmand-A Strategic Analysis

Agha.H.Amin The US raid on Pakistani infantry company headquarters is not a solitary tactical event which occurred by chance in the fof of undeclared war between the US and Pakistan since many years. The Mohmand raid is an event of cardinal strategic importance. On 24th November Chinas PLA commmandos carried out a para drop exercise with Pakistans special services troops SSG at Tilll Ranges Jhelum.The US raid was a quick albeit crude response , in the form of cold blooded massacre of 29 Pakistani troops in Mohmand including a captain. When the US helicopters took off from Asadabad in Kunnar they had a clear flight plan to eliminate a Pakistani post in Mohmand as part of a aerial raid approved at the White House and war gamed at the Pentagon. The Mohmand raid is deeper than a stray raid by a drunk US chopper pilot. The raid has various motives. Firstly and foremost , an attack in the realm of psychological warfare.Create a feeling of helplessness in Pakistan.This is most dangerou

BALOCHISTAN: The setting up of 'human right task force' by Pakistan

Paris, November 28: The deteriorating law and order situation, rising cases of target killings, torture and abductions reflect a massive human rights crisis in Balochistan. The crisis in the resource-rich and Pakistan's largest province has been created by the law enforcement agencies and the administration. Recently the Pakistan government has decided to form a Human Rights Task Force under the Ministry of Human Rights that will probe human rights violations in Balochistan. _____________________ The deteriorating law and order situation, rising cases of target killings, torture and abductions reflect a massive human rights crisis in Balochistan. The crisis in the resource-rich and Pakistan’s largest province has been created by the law enforcement agencies and the administration, Recently the Pakistan government has decided to form a Human Rights Task Force under the Ministry of Human Rights that will probe human rights violations in Balochistan. The Task Force is bein

Protecting Your Online Reputation

Knowing in real time exactly who is praising or pillorying your company can result in tremendous competitive advantages Information Management Magazine , Nov/Dec 2011 William Laurent Admit it: You occasionally run a Google or Yahoo! search to uncover what people are saying about you or your business on the Internet. Personally, I am always on the lookout for public opinion concerning the content and articles that I regularly write. For an independent consultant such as myself, a simple Internet search a few times a year is sufficient to capture the relatively small number of appraisals scattered over the Web. However, for larger organizations, safeguarding a reputation online is a much more arduous undertaking. The larger the company, the more at stake: Respected and trusted brands take years (and often millions of dollars) to cultivate. And yet, a few commentators in a social media venue – such as a blog, forum, discussion board, YouTube video, publicly available wiki, etc. – can

Passion or Experience: What Startups should Hire?

By SiliconIndia, Monday, 28 November 2011, 13:50 IST Fremont: The initial stage of a startup is filled with vacuum that needs to be replaced with people who are able to cope up with the initial difficulties of starting a business. In big companies, employees are conservative and are trained to prepare long and detailed reports, make sure that every document is perfect quality and every bit of diligence has been done. But the case does not stand true for startups. Startups are always on their toes, ready to run, take decisions instantly and if wrong, admit them and work on refining them. What they need are people who can cope up with these changes as fast as they are made. So, it is a big question whether a startup should hire employees with passion or experience. Passion can make a person work for the company as if they are the owner of it, and finding such people are the right fit for your organization. A startup employee should have passion for his work along with the growth

Can India beat China at its own game? Published: Sunday, Nov 27, 2011, 9:15 IST By Aditya Kaul | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA The Chinese play a game called Wei qi. It is like chess, but with a different philosophy. While a chess player seeks absolute victory by checkmating the opponent’s king, a Wei qi player seeks a strategic edge by encircling the opponent’s pieces. In chess, you have the advantage of knowing the placement of all your opponent’s pieces. But, in Wei qi, strategy unfolds gradually. Pieces are deployed as the game progresses. In making the comparison between the two strategy games in his recent work, On China, former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger traces the origins of China’s “distinctive military theory” to a period of upheaval, when ruthless struggles between rival kingdoms decimated China’s population. Reacting to this slaughter, Chinese thinkers, he says, developed strategic thought that placed a premiu

How ancient India upheld democracy, kept corruption at bay

Published: Thursday, Nov 10, 2011, 16:03 IST By Brij Khandelwal | Place: Aligarh | Agency: IANS Team Anna's campaign against corruption may have caught the imagination of the nation, but what is perhaps little known is that though ancient India had a well-evolved democratic system that went down to the grassroots, its elected leaders had to adhere to well-defined laws that prescribed stiff penalties for those who swindled public money or indulged in improprieties. Aligarh Muslim University historian S Chandni Bi, who has specialised in epigraphy, the study of inscriptions, says around 1,000 years ago there was zero tolerance towards financial bungling. According to him, inscriptions in the southern state of Tamil Nadu clearly indicate how intolerant civil society was against corrupt practices and the violators of ethical framework. Chandni told IANS in an interview: "A well-evolved democratic system was functional, starting at the Saba level, between the eighth and the 16

India’s bid for UN Council seat

China should reciprocate a past gesture by Rup Narayan Das A DDRESSING the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly which concluded recently, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reiterated India’s stance for a stronger and effective UN system and emphasised the need for pursuing with renewed vigour an early reform of the Security Council. He raised the issue again at the fifth India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) summit at Pretoria. It may be mentioned in this context that besides other factors, the support of the permanent five members of the Security Council (the P-5) is essential for India’s bid to be a member of the Council. Four of the P-5 — the US, Russia, the United Kingdom and France — have already extended their support to India in various ways. Although success for India will be a long-drawn process, the role of China, which has categorically not extended its support for India’s cause as yet, is crucial. The Chinese stand

Memogate" & Manmohan

Never do we learn that peace with Pakistan is a mirage, says N.V.Subramanian. 21 November 2011 : "Memogate" proves again how flawed is Manmohan Singh's policy of unilateral peacemaking with Pakistan. To say that the Pakistan army wants peace with India would be foolish if it weren't downright dangerous. The scandal involving Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari and his ambassador to the US in attempts to turn American heat on the Pakistan army and pre-empt a coup post Osama Bin Laden's assassination was out in the open weeks before Manmohan Singh met his Pakistani counterpart in Bhutan and the Maldives. That the Pakistan army was deeply upset with the civilian government apropos "Memogate" was also apparent. In this situation, how did the Indian PM conclude that Indo-Pak peace talks would make headway? This writer is not accusing Zardari and his ambassador of wrongdoing. Indeed, the unfolding scandal suggests that it may equally be an ISI operation to d