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US offers 'groundbreaking' defence technologies to India

The Tribune, Chandigarh, India      View on WASHINGTON: The US has a number of "groundbreaking" defence technologies, including a helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle programme, to offer to India for co-development and co-production, a top Pentagon official has said. "We have a number of offers on the table for India. There's a groundbreaking offer to share in the next generation of the Javelin missile, co-production and co-development," Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, told reporters. He said the offers in the list also include a helicopter programme and an unmanned aerial vehicle programme. "We have an artillery piece. We have a number of things in different stages of process," said Kendall, who has been tasked by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel to lead Pentagon's Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) with India. The Indian side during the previous UPA regim

Worsening Violence in Iraq Threatens Regional Security Analysis

June 11, 2014 | 1615 Print Text Size STRATFOR Worsening Violence in Iraq Threatens Regional Security   Summary Battles continue to rage across northern Iraq, pitting jihadist group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant against Iraqi security forces and their allies. The growing reach of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has escalated an already brutal campaign in Iraq. Alarmingly quick advances by the militants across an important region of the Middle East could draw in regional powers as well as the United States. Analysis Using hit-and-run tactics, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL, has sought to keep Iraqi security forces dispersed and under pressure. ISIL has achieved this by striking at areas where security forces are weak and withdrawing from areas where Baghdad has concentrated its combat power. The jihadists have been working hard to improve their tradecraft by developing skill sets ranging from staging complex ambushes to using Iraqi army

How to Make Proxy War Succeed in Baluchistan By Dr Amarjit Singh Issue Net Edition | Date : 30 Sep , 2013 Baloch Freedom Fighters For decades, Pakistan has engaged in a proxy war against India.  Much of that proxy war has been secretive, while many of those secrets have been exposed.  At other times, Pakistan has made threats of taking war deep inside Indian territory, and Hamid Gul has openly voiced the disintegration of India.  Pakistan's proxy wars have extended from J&K and Punjab to the Northeast regions and the Maoist belt.  Pakistani assistance for the Indian mujahedeen and homegrown Indian terrorists has arrived by way of Nepal, Burma, Bangladesh, infiltration across the LOC in J&K, and infiltration of the Punjab and Rajasthan borders. The smuggling of narcotics into Punjab is accompanied by small arms quickly stockpiled in sleeper cells and mosques across India.  Pakistan is playing towards an endgame; in contrast, India