Arming without Aiming: India's Military Modernization (2020)

Arming without Aiming: India's Military Modernization Stephen Philip Cohen Sunil Dasgupta Arming without Aiming India s Military Modernization India s growing affluence has led experts to predict a major rearmament effort The second most populous nation in the world is beginning to wield the economic power expected of such a behemoth Its bor
  • Title: Arming without Aiming: India's Military Modernization
  • Author: Stephen Philip Cohen Sunil Dasgupta
  • ISBN: 9780815704027
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Hardcover
Arming without Aiming: India's Military Modernization Stephen Philip Cohen Sunil Dasgupta India s growing affluence has led experts to predict a major rearmament effort The second most populous nation in the world is beginning to wield the economic power expected of such a behemoth Its border with Pakistan is a tinderbox, the subcontinent remains vulnerable to religious extremism, and a military rivalry between India and China could erupt in the future IndiaIndia s growing affluence has led experts to predict a major rearmament effort The second most populous nation in the world is beginning to wield the economic power expected of such a behemoth Its border with Pakistan is a tinderbox, the subcontinent remains vulnerable to religious extremism, and a military rivalry between India and China could erupt in the future India has long had the motivation for modernizing its military it now has the resources as well What should we expect to see in the future, and what will be the likely ramifications In Arming without Aiming, Stephen Cohen and Sunil Dasgupta answer those crucial questions.India s armed forces want new weapons worth than 100 billion But most of these weapons must come from foreign suppliers due to the failures of India s indigenous research and development Weapons suppliers from other nations are queuing up in New Delhi A long relationship between India and Russian manufacturers goes back to the cold war More recently, India and Israel have developed strong military trade ties Now, a new military relationship with the United States has generated the greatest hope for military transformation in India.Against this backdrop of new affluence and newfound access to foreign military technology, Cohen and Dasgupta investigate India s military modernization to find haphazard military change that lacks political direction, suffers from balkanization of military organization and doctrine, remains limited by narrow prospective planning, and is driven by the pursuit of technology free from military strategic objectives The character of military change in India, especially the dysfunction in the political military establishment with regard to procurement, is ultimately the result of a historical doctrine of strategic restraint in place since Nehru In that context, its approach of arming without strategic purpose remains viable as India seeks great power accommodation of its rise and does not want to look threatening The danger lies in its modernization efforts precipitating a period of strategic assertion or contributing to misperception of India s intentions by Pakistan and China, its two most immediate rivals.
Arming without Aiming: India's Military Modernization Stephen Philip Cohen Sunil Dasgupta

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One thought on “Arming without Aiming: India's Military Modernization

  1. Jenn Hinkle

    While I realize many people who are not within the defense security community may find this book too specific for their interests, I thought it was a fantastic read Cohen explores the bureaucratic inadequacies and inertia that have caused huge problems for military modernization within India It is a must read for Indian watchers.

  2. Jonathan

    India, in spite of all the money it s made lately, is having a hard time equipping its armed forces The primary reason for that is a lack of interest in strategic issues on the part of the top political and administrative echelons, according to the authors But a sclerotic bureaucracy, inter service rivalries and an unrealistic insistence on indiginization of defense equipment manufacture, plus a hearty dose of corruption, don t make things easier This fun to read volume covers the history of pro [...]

  3. Abhishek Dev

    In the beginning of this book I was bombarded with huge credentials of the authors but I am surprised how the entire book fails to justify that The author s infers that India suffers from some sort of strategic restraint and India should free itself from it and the sooner it is the better It is idiotic to say so becauseIndia s strategy is and is going to serve India s interests alone Whether it benefits the USA or not it is not India s problem That s why the two governments are working on common [...]

  4. Peter

    Not especially well written, but full of interesting tidbits about Indian defense and security matters Argues for a U.S India security relationship based on the principle of reinsurance, recognizing that neither country can pursue full engagements with both Islamic extremism and China simultaneously.

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