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


  • The security situation in Afghanistan remains challenging with rapidly evolving dynamics. The fall of Kunduz, (the only Pashtun base in an area dominated by ethnic Tajiks and Uzbeks,) to the Taliban in end September came as a major blow to the securi..


  • In the ongoing fifth plenum of the Communist Party the one child policy of China has been revoked. China will abandon its one-child policy, perhaps the most notorious of the Communist Party’s intrusions into the Chinese lives, amid a looming demographic c..


  • The first half of 2015 saw tensions rise as the US protested China’s brazen island-building in the South China Sea. Matters got worse with an unprecedented breach in security of the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) which US government official..

  • SOUTH CHINA SEA – TESTING TIMES OR ROUTINE ? - Lieutenant General PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)

  • South China Sea (SCS) is increasingly in the news with speculations about a likely US-China confrontation. While actual conflict may not occur but it certainly appears to be testing times, perhaps more for the US considering the mixed signals emanati..


  • The Chinese slowdown is a subject of much international debate and speculation. It is a subject of interest and concern, to policy makers in the all major countries of the world. USA, Russia, EU as also all the regional powers and the immediate neighbourh..

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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.


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.


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 through email.

Visits / Discussions

  • 01 Dec 2015 –A team from Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Honolulu comprising Mr Shyam Tekwani, Associate Professor, College of Security Studies, Ms Lenore Patton, Chief and Mr Daniel Hall, Regional Engagement Coordinator, Regional Engagement Operations Department visited USI and held discussions with the Director and Deputy Director (Research) from 1030-1300 hours.
  • 10 Nov 2015-Mr Richard Desgagne, Regional Legal Adviser for East Asia in Beijing, International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and his colleagues Can Akdogan, Pradeep Dhaul and Supriya Rao visited USI and held discussions with the Director and Deputy Director and Editor from 1100-1145 hours.


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

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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