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

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Current Projects - CS3

  • Asymmetric Warfare Capabilities being Developed by China : Implications for India

    Col Saif Khan, Senior Research Fellow

  • PLA Modernisation and Likely Force Structure by 2025

    Col NSP Bisht, Senior Research Fellow

  • Water Security: Myth, Reality and Measures

    Col Vishal Murada Senior Research Fellow

  • Cyber Warfare: It’s Implications on National Security

    Col Sanjeev Relia, Senior Research Fellow

  • China’s Emerging Cyber Operations Capabilities and Implications for India

    Col Rohit Mehrotra, Senior Research Fellow

  • Growing Relations between China, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar and its Implications for India

    Col SK Shahi, Senior Research Fellow

  • Lowering the Threshold: Tactical Nuclear Weapons

    Dr Roshan Khanijo, Senior Research Fellow

  • The Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham: Method in Madness

    Dr. Adil Rasheed, Senior Research Fellow

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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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USI Blog

Members can contribute to USI blog page by sending their articles on through email.

Visits / Discussions

  • 16 Jan 2015 – A Vietnamese delegation comprising Lt Gen Nguyen Duc Hai, Director General, Institute for Strategic Studies, Sr Col Do Mai Khanh, Deputy Director, Institute for Defence and International Relations and Sr Capt Nguyen Van Hung, Assistant Defence Attaché in Delhi visited USI from 1000 – 1045 h and held discussion with the Director.
  • 13 Jan 2015 – A Round Table Discussion with Mr Yves Daccord, Director General ICRC on “New Technologies and Means of Warfare – Humanitarian and Legal Challenges” was held at USI from 1200 – 1345 h. The discussion was Chaired by Shri Ranjit S Kalha, IFS (Retd).


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


  • Joint USI-MEA Great War Centenary Commemoration Project
  • 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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