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.
The 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...
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.
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.
Strategic Perspectives - CS3
BLOOD AND GUTS - Lieutenant General Harish Dutta, PVSM (Retd)
The story has it that once Winston Churchill was asked as to which attribute he considered most important in an officer leader. He immediately shot back, Courage because, without courage, all other abilities would be of no avail. And he said that th....
WILL PAKISTAN PLAY BALL - Lieutenant General PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)
Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, Shaiza Mohammed Abdali recently stated at the Press Club in New Delhi that Pakistan needs to use her influence with the Taliban leadership to resolve conflict in Afghanistan and help restore peace. He echoed what Ge....
INDIA’S CONNECT CENTRAL ASIA POLICY - Professor Nirmala Joshi
India’s engagement with the Central Asian Republics ( CARs ) gained a new momentum with the initiation of its “ Connect Central Asia Policy “ . The policy aims at enhancing India’s strategic space and engagement with the CARs .With expected changes......
TERROR SIGNALS CHINA - Lieutenant General PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)
When 34 year old wheelchair bound Ji Zhongxing detonated his crude home-made device at the Beijing airport on 20 July 2013, first apprehensions were terror having struck the very heart of China but that was not the case. The explosion was muffled tha..
BORDER DEFENCE COOPERATION AGREEMENT – WHAT NEXT? - Major General PJS Sandhu, (Retd)
There was a general feeling of déjà vu at the end of Dr Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to China in which nine agreements were inked; the centerpiece being the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA), The press reports on the visit would also have....
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.
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...
Recent Projects - CAFHR
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.
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...