The United Service Institution of India

The USI is a unique institution with unequalled expertise in the field of national security and matters pertaining to defence services. It has built an outstanding reputation over the last 140 years. It is an autonomous institution with a membership exceeding 13000. The USI has ongoing bilateral dialogues with similar institutes in many countries and it is expanding.

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USI Library

USI Library ImageThe primary resource of the USI is its library, which holds over 65000 books and periodicals, some dating back to 16th Century, on a large variety of subjects. There are memoirs, biographies, recollections, manuscripts for scholars and researchers...

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USI Journal

The USI publishes a quarterly journal which has had uninterrupted publication since 1871, including during the two World Wars. It is the oldest surviving defence journal in the country and in Asia. It is supplied free of cost to the members.

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Centre for Strategic Studies & Simulation (CS3)

The Centre aims at conducting detailed and comprehensive enquiry, research and analyses of national and international security related issues. It also conducts simulation exercises.

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Strategic Perspectives - CS3


  • Since the end of Cold War and demise of the Soviet Union, we have been living in a unipolar world but hoping for a multipolar one to emerge. This has not happened and instead what we have witnessed is the emergence of unilateralism, coalitions of the wil..


  • Post the Second World War; Japan adopted its Post War Constitution, also called as the ‘Peace Constitution’. It has been so called because of inclusion of the famous Article 9 which renounces the right to wage war. The renunciation of armed force was in..

  • POLITICS OF NUCLEARIZATION - Lieutenant General PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)

  • Way back in June 1994, Japanese Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata stated in the Diet (Japanese Parliament) that Japan had the knowhow to make the nuclear bomb. That being an official acknowledgement, it did not imply that the Japanese had acquired the technolog..

  • BAGHDAD CALLING - Lieutenant General PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)

  • The First International Conference on Combating Terrorism held at Baghdad, Iraq on 12-13 March 2014 with delegates from over 25 countries plus the UN, EU, Arab League, Islamic Cooperation Council and Interpol participating. The Conference was an initiativ..

  • UKRAINE AT THE CROSS ROADS OF HISTORY - Nirmala Joshi, Professor

  • By incorporating Crimea into the Russian Federation , President Vladimir Putin has given a decisive turn to international politics. This is indeed a milestone step for it has led to a split of a soverign independent country . Whatever be the rati....

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Ongoing Projects - CS3

  • National Security – Countering Transnational Terrorism

    This study is being undertaken under the “Colonel Pyara Lal Memorial Research Scholarship II” and aims to examine policies and strategies for effective management of transnational terrorism in South Asia.

  • Exploitation of National Space Assets as Force Multipliers for Land Operations

    The study aims to examine the integration of space assets in support of ground operations in its entirety.

  • China’s Strategy up to 2025 and Options for India

    The project would carry out a comparative net assessment of evolving Sino-Indian politico-military and strategic balance up to the timeframe of 2025 and recommend policy options.

  • Strategies for Countering Non-State Actors

    The study would examine the challenge from Non State Actors with a view to evolve strategies to counter the same with particular reference to India.

  • The Military Implications of Space & Policy Implications for India

    The project would study the importance of space as the emerging centre of gravity of military and economic development and examine policy implications for India.

  • Strategic Directions - China

    The project would study the national and military strategies of India and China and the ramifications of China’s rise.

  • India's Comprehensive National Power

    The project aims to study the present models of Comprehensive National Power and evolve a model that takes a comprehensive view of Indian National and Military Power.

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Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research (CAFHR)

The Centre aims to encourage the objective study of all facets of the history of the Indian Armed Forces including the military history of the colonial and pre-colonial eras...

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Recent Projects - CAFHR

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Correspondence Courses by USI

The Institution runs regular correspondence courses for officers of the Armed Forces to assist them in preparing for Promotion and Defence Services Staff College / Technical Staff College examinations.

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Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK)

CUNPK organises workshops, seminars and training capsules for officers of the Indian Armed Forces and the friendly foreign countries, selected for deployment in UN Peacekeeping missions. It also oversees the practical training of Indian contingents. CUNPK is a prominent member of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) and has been running the Secretariat since 2005...

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Visits / Discussions

  • 04 Apr 2014 – Air Commodore Shaun Clarke, New Zealand Defence Adviser (Designate) to Australia with accreditation to India, accompanied by Mr Michael Appleton, Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand, visited USI and held a discussion with Maj Gen PJS Sandhu (Retd) and Maj Gen YK Gera (Retd) from 1030 to 1130 hours.
  • 07 Feb 2014 – A Round Table Discussion with A Team from Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) comprising Brigadier Matthew John Holmes and Lieutenant Colonel Myles Fitzpatric Cook on "The Next (Fifth) Edition of Their (UK) Global Strategic Trends Programme" was held from 1000 hr on Friday, 07 Feb 2014. It was chaired by Maj Gen PJS Sandhu (Retd), Deputy Director and Editor USI.


Research Topics (2012-2014)

  • Military Usage of Space
  • Military Dimension of Coercive Diplomacy
  • Maritime Security
  • Strategic Engagement: A policy Framework

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Ongoing Research Projects


  • India's Comprehensive National Power (CNP)
  • National Security – Countering Transnational Terrorism


  • Imperial Cadet Corps.
  • History of Indian State Forces
  • Customs and Traditions of Indian Armed Forces

Latest Publications

Gold Medal Essay Competition

Winners of 2013

Topics for 2014

Group 'A': "Jointness in the Armed Forces : Existing Gaps and Desired Capabilities" - Open to All Officers

Group 'B': "Challenges of Leadership, Morals and Ethics in the Armed Forces and the Way Forward" - Open to Officers upto 10 Years of Service

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