The Center for Strategic Studies and Simmulation (CS3), United Service Institution of India (USI) organised a Combined Operational Review and Evaluation (CORE) programme for senior officers of the rank of Major General and equivalent from the three armed forces, from 8-12 May 2023.

The programme comprised of lectures and panel discussions that brought key contemporary issues to the forefront. The first session on the theme - “India and its Strategic Interests” encompassed the “G-20 Presidency and India’s Arrival at the Global Platform, Examining Opportunities Versus Challenges”. This was followed by a discussion on “China’s Evolving Strategic Discourse on India,” highlighting events from Doklam, Galwan, to Arunachal Pradesh.

The second session on the theme - “Jointmanship, Integration, and Theaterisation” focused on revamping “India’s National Security Architecture”, specifically, integrating the country’s armed forces in the planning process and the modernisation of the Army in response to emerging threats. This was followed by discussion on “Theaterisation – Role and Mandate of Integrated Commands.”

The third session on the theme - “Changing Nature and Character of Warfare”, delved into the changing nature of warfare, drawing lessons from the Russo-Ukraine War. It was followed by a discussion on “Multidomain Operational Capabilities to Execute Operations against Northern Adversary” and “Dynamics of Indo-Pacific Region: Contestation, Competition & Cooperation.”

The fourth session on the theme - “Non-Kinetic Aspects of National Security”, included a lecture on “Emerging Technologies for Disruptive Effects in Non-Kinetic Engagement”. This was followed by a discussion on “Strategic Communication.”

The fifth session on the theme - “Leadership & Outreach by Armed Forces for Collaboration”, entailed a fruitful discussion on leadership and the art of negotiations. It was followed by a discussion on “Outreach by Armed Forces for Collaboration, Engagement with Indian Defence Industries, and Scientific Community.” The CORE program successfully undertook a comprehensive assessment of various Indian strategic trends and concerns, nationally, and globally.

The Esteemed speakers included:-

1.    Maj Gen BK Sharma, AVSM, SM**(Retd), Director General USI

2.    Air Marshal Jeetendra Mishra, VSM, DCIDS (DOT)

3.    Amb Anil Trigunayat, IFS (Retd)

4.    Maj Gen ND Prasad, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

5.    Lt Gen SL Narasimhan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

6.    Air Mshl NJS Dhillon, PVSM, AVSM, (Retd)

7.    Vice Adm Satish Soni, PVSM, AVSM, NM (Retd)

8.    Lt Gen AK Sahni, PVSM, UYSM, SM, VSM (Retd)

9.    Maj Gen RS Yadav, VSM (Retd)

10. Lt Gen Anil Puri, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM (Retd)

11. Vice Adm AK Chawla, PVSM, AVSM,VSM, NM (Retd)

12. Air Mshl (Dr) Rajeev Sachdeva, AVSM (Retd)

13. Lt Gen Shantanu Dayal, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM (Retd)

14. Lt Gen PS Rajeshwar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, DG CLAWS

15. Lt Gen (Dr) Rakesh Sharma, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

16. Air Mshl SK Ghotia, PVSM, VSM (Retd)

17. Lt Gen Raj Shukla, PVSM, YSM, SM (Retd)

18. Maj Gen RPS Bhadauria, VSM (Retd)

19. Amb Anil Wadhwa, IFS (Retd)

20. Vice Adm G Ashok Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

21. Amb Riva Ganguly Das, IFS (Retd)

22. Lt Gen (Dr) RS Panwar, AVSM, SM, VSM (Retd)

23. Maj Gen Jagatbir Singh, VSM (Retd)

24. Amb Yogendra Kumar, IFS (Retd)

25. Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM** (Retd)

26. Prof Himanshu Rai, Director IIM, Indore

27. Maj Gen Ranjit Ghosh (Retd)

28. Lt Gen JB Chaudhari, SM, VSM, DCOAS (CD&S)

29. Vice Adm Sanjay Mahindru, AVSM, NM (DCNS)

30. Air Vice Marshal George Thomas, AVSM, VM (ACAS Plans)

Maj Gen BK Sharma, AVSM, SM & Bar (Retd), Director General USI.


Group photograph

Panel Discussion


Air Marshal Jeetendra Mishra, VSM, DCIDS (DOT)


Report by Ms. Tanya Jain 

Research Assistant