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

  • TURNABOUT OF ‘HAIYANG SHIYOU’  - Lieutenant General PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)

  • Less than two months back, on 27 May, China had shifted her oil rig Haiyang Shiyou in Vietnamese waters to a new location 23 nautical miles from its original location (within Vietnam’s EEZ) where it had been deployed since 2nd May. As per Vietnam’s C..


  • It is difficult for most Indians to believe that a paper like the New York Times can publish such rubbish based on inputs provided by just a couple of persons like Babloo Loitongbam, and Pradip Phanjoubam. The third person the author quotes is Tha..


  • The Indian government’s announcement that India will ratify the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Additional Protocol is a positive sign and demonstrates the Indian commitment to non-proliferation. Through this Protocol India has given the IA....


  • Russia has lifted an embargo on sale of weapons to Pakistan and a deal is being negotiated for sale of Mi-35 attack helicopters to Islamabad . The word ‘embargo’ was widely used in Indian and Russian media but the Russian Ambassador to India, Alexand..


  • Bhutan was the first foreign country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to visit on 15-16 June 2014 after being sworn-in as Prime Minister . During his visit he met His Majesty The King of Bhutan, His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Prime....

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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

  • 12 Jun 2014 – Mr Patric Bratton, PhD, Director, Diplomacy and Military Studies Program and Associate Professor of Political Science, Hawaii Pacific University, visited USI at 1100 h on Wednesday, 12 Jun 2014 and held discussion on 'US Pivot to Asia' with Maj Gen PJS Sandhu (Retd), Officiating Director.
  • 09 Jun 2014 – Mr Robert Blackwill, Former US Ambassador to India visited USI at 1615 h on Monday, 09 Jun 2014 and held discussion on 'India-US Relations : The Way Ahead' with Director and some other members of 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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