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 current US intervention to protect Americans in Erbil and the Yazidi community from an IS (Islamic State) pogrom is not only limited in its scope and objectives, but risks several unintended consequences. Firstly, the airstrikes..

  • WAR MEMORIALS SERVE A PURPOSE - Lieutenant General Harwant Singh, AVSM (Retd)

  • Government’s decision to build a National War Memorial in the vicinity of India Gate in Delhi is once more being opposed by some: the same crowd that has been doing so these last few decades. Such attitude is born out of deep seated bias against the....


  • The “Age of Discovery” commencing 15th century AD first saw Europeans venturing into far off land and marking a surge in their global power, leading to their eventual domination of the world. The discovery of America by Columbus, Brazil by Pedro Cal..


  • Over the last month the World has witnessed another conflict in West Asia. With information flowing in from both adversaries the picture that emerges is fairly clear. A few points that merit attention are given in the succeeding paragraphs. Ḥa..

  • TURNABOUT OF ‘HAIYANG SHIYOU’  - Lieutenant General PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)

  • Less than two months back, on 27 May, China had shifted her oil rig Haiyang Shiyou in Vietnamese waters to a new location 23 nautical miles from its original location (within Vietnam’s EEZ) where it had been deployed since 2nd May. As per Vietnam’s C..

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Ongoing Projects - CS3

  • National Security – Countering Transnational Terrorism

    This study is being undertaken under the “Colonel Pyara Lal Memorial Research Scholarship II” and aims to examine policies and strategies for effective management of transnational terrorism in South Asia.

  • Exploitation of National Space Assets as Force Multipliers for Land Operations

    The study aims to examine the integration of space assets in support of ground operations in its entirety.

  • China’s Strategy up to 2025 and Options for India

    The project would carry out a comparative net assessment of evolving Sino-Indian politico-military and strategic balance up to the timeframe of 2025 and recommend policy options.

  • Strategies for Countering Non-State Actors

    The study would examine the challenge from Non State Actors with a view to evolve strategies to counter the same with particular reference to India.

  • The Military Implications of Space & Policy Implications for India

    The project would study the importance of space as the emerging centre of gravity of military and economic development and examine policy implications for India.

  • Strategic Directions - China

    The project would study the national and military strategies of India and China and the ramifications of China’s rise.

  • India's Comprehensive National Power

    The project aims to study the present models of Comprehensive National Power and evolve a model that takes a comprehensive view of Indian National and Military Power.

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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

Visits / Discussions

  • 08 Aug 2014 – Air Commodore Shaun Clarke, New Zealand's Defence Advisor to Australia with accreditation to India visited USI at 1100 h on Friday, 08 Aug 2014 and held discussions with Lt Gen PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), Director and other members of the staff. The cooperation between New Zealand and India for the project 'India and the Great War 1914-18' was also discussed.
  • 22 Jul 2014 – Round Table Discussion (RTD) held on 22 Jul 2014 on the subject “Security Scenario in Iraq and Syria : Implications for the Middle East and South Asia” from 1130 to 1300 hours Chairman : Amb RS Kalha, IFS (Retd) Speaker: 1) Amb RS Kalha, IFS (Retd) 2) Lt Gen PC Katoch (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


  • Imperial Cadet Corps.
  • 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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