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


  • DYNAMICS OF INDIA-SOUTH KOREA SPECIAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP - Shri Raj Kumar Sharma

  • India and South Korea share 15th August as their independence day and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee greeted people of South Korea on their National Day recently. India also gave an Independence Day gift to South Koreans, as they would get air con....


  • CHINA’ PURSUIT FOR SELF-RELIANCE IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - Col Rohit Mehrotra

  • U.S. chipmaker Intel was recently denied an export license to supply chips for Chinese supercomputer projects as the US Commerce Department believes that Tianhe-2 and its predecessor Tianhe-1 are believed to be used in nuclear explosive activities. I..


  • NSA LEVEL TALKS AND MANOEUVRES - Lieutenant General PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd)

  • That Indo-Pak relationship is hostage to Pak Army’s fear of losing control to civilian leadership, and hence, relevance, is a cliché. What is now also apparent is that General Raheel Sharif writes the detailed script. Why the NSA, who personally co....


  • EXPANSION OF SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISATION: STRENGTHENING REGIONAL MECHANISM - Nivedita Das Kundu

  • Expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization became inevitable due to its growing profile and significance. It was argued for many years that SCO is not ready for the expansion, however, during the 15th SCO summit, held at Ufa (Russia), from 9t......


  • FROM CAM-COPTER TO CYBER-COPTER - Lieutenant General PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)

  • Drone terror and use of drones by drug cartels has been a concern for the world for many years. Times of India, Delhi, edition of August 14 shows a pigeon carrying a bag of narcotics. In 2009, an attempt was made to deliver drugs to prisoners using a dron..


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Current Projects - CS3


  • 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

  • Chinese Maritime Strategy in IOR and Implications for India’s Maritime Security Engagement in the Region

    Cdr MH Rajesh, Research Fellow

  • A Comparative Analysis of China and India’s Space Capabilities Implications : Challenges and Response

    Col Sanjay Kumar, 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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DSSC Aspirants 2016 – Register yourself for the Corres Course and Contact Pgms imdt, as it is on first come first serve basis, and highly oversubscribed.

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For Part D - Oct 15 - You can still get entire USI Corres Course package including précis and pamphlets for Part D Oct 15 if you subscribe now, in case you have missed out subscribing earlier. Latest study mtrl, handouts being issued in addition to the existing study mtrl.

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The interactive course is very active. The offrs are regularly asking question on email during their prep throughout the yr and being answered. Register yourself for USI Corres Courses for making best use of Interactive Course for Part B -2016 / Part D –Oct 15 / DSSC -2016.

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 blogadmin@usiofindia.org through email.

Visits / Discussions

  • 10 Aug 2015 –USI and The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) conducted a workshop on nuclear issues from 1000-1430 h. The workshop was conducted in three sessions covering ‘Conceptualising a Multipolar Nuclear Order’, ‘Applying Multipolar Nuclear Concepts in Asia’ and ‘The Future of Stability in Asia’.
  • 05 Aug 2015 –A Round Table Discussion with Shri Shivshankar Menon, IFS (Retd), former Foreign Secretary and NSA on ‘India’s Relations with the USA, China and Pakistan, and Nuclear Issues’ was held from 1100-1300 h.

Archive

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

CS3

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

CAFHR

  • Joint USI-MEA Great War Centenary Commemoration Project
  • History of Indian State Forces
  • Customs and Traditions of Indian Armed Forces

Latest Publications

USI Gold Medal Essay Competition


Winners of 2014

Topics for 2015


Group 'A': "Approach to Formulation of a Comprehensive Military Doctrine and Military Strategy for the Indian Armed Forces for Future Conflicts" - Open to All Officers

Group 'B': "Professional Military Education – How Much Training How Much Education and Where Do We Stand?" - Open to All Officers upto 10 Years of Service

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