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


  • RETURN OF DISPLACED KASHMIRIS NEEDS DEFT HANDLING - Dr Ramesh Tamiri

  • The reaction in Valley to NDA Govt.’s proposed move to resettle internally displaced Kashmiris in ‘Composite Townships’ in Kashmir has been along predictable lines.The secessionist bandwagon has denounced the plan as a sinister game to alter the demo..


  • THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT: GLOBAL IMPLICATIONS WITH PARTICULAR FOCUS ON INDIA - Colonel GG Pamidi

  • A framework agreement has been reached between Iran and the P5+1 (United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom and Germany) and the European Union regarding Iran's nuclear programme. The P5+1 is often referred to as the E3/EU+3 by European countr..


  • DEFENCE BUDGET 2015-16 : AN ANALYSIS - Colonel PK Vasudeva, PhD (Retd)

  • The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on 28 February a modest 7.9 per cent increase in defence spending for the fiscal year 2015-16, suggesting that it will move only gradually with the military's long wish list for fighter jets, submarines, sh......


  • OBAMA'S LANDMARK VISIT – A BIG BOOST TO INDO-US TIES BUT WORRISOME FOR CHINA AND PAKISTAN - Colonel PK Vasudeva, PhD (Retd)

  • President Barack Obama’s visit to India as the chief guest during 66th Republic Day Parade and the agreements relating to operationalisation of the civil nuclear deal, renewal of Defence Framework, strategic and economic partnership signed between th....


  • WHO WILL PREVAIL IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST RADICAL ISLAMIST ELEMENTS - Lieutenant General PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)

  • A recent article titled, ‘Egypt’s Sisi: Islamic Thinking Is Antagonizing the Entire World’ by Raymond Ibrahim of the David Horwitz Freedom Center, refers to a speech made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to religious scholars from Al-Azhar..


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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 blogadmin@usiofindia.org through email.

Visits / Discussions

  • 08-09 Apr 2015 – A joint MEA-USI-Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (New York) workshop on ‘Responsibility to Protect (R2P)’ was hosted by USI. Panel discussions were held on “R2P and Civilian Protection : Challenges and Opportunities”, “Peacekeeping, Protection of Civilians and R2P”, “IBSA : R2P and Global Responsibilty” and “Way Forward”.
  • 17 Mar 2015 – Major General Muniruzzaman (Retd), Founder President of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS), Dhaka visited USI from 1315-1500 h and held discussion on current and evolving situation in Bangladesh with the Director and other invitees.

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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