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 ISLAMIC STATE MAKE ITS TERROR PLANS EVEN MORE ‘DIRTY’ - Colonel GG Pamidi

  • In July 2014, approximately 88 pounds of uranium was reported missing from Mosul University in Iraq and Iraq's ambassador to the UN, Mohamed Ali Alhakim had informed the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the theft in a letter on 08 July 14. The Islamic..


  • CHINA AND THE INDIAN OCEAN - Cmde Lalit Kapur, (Retd)

  • History tells us of the Chinese eunuch Admiral Zheng He and his seven voyages in the early 15th century, leading a fleet of over 300 ships and more than 27,000 men through Malacca into the Indian Ocean, nearly a century before Vasco da Gama found the sea..


  • STRATEGIC GAMING ON SECURITY SCENARIO WEST ASIA AND AF-PAK REGION - 2016  - 

  • A brainstroming session on ‘Security Scenario In West Asia & Af-Pak Region’ was organised at the USI of India, New Delhi on 16 Sep 2014. Strategic Game Setting was prepared by core team of USI and played with the eminent..................


  • THE PAKISTAN FACTOR IN AFGHANISTAN - Lieutenant General PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (Retd)

  • The propensity of the West to overlook Pakistan-generated terrorism is well known as it is claimed that Pakistan is itself a victim of terrorism. It is also not a secret that Pakistan uses the media for self-aggrandisement. So, you had news items in The E..


  • AFGHANISTAN ON THE THRESHOLD OF A NEW ERA - Professor Nirmala Joshi

  • The Herat Security Dialogue III, a calendar event of the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies, was held recently on 27 and 28 September 2014. This year’s dialogue was being held against the background of momentous developments both within Afghanistan an..


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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

  • 27 Nov 2014 –Mr Yves Heller, Coordinator, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva accompanied by Col Can Akdogan, PhD (Retd), Regional Delegate to the Armed and Security Forces, Brig MB Anand (Retd)and Col Pradeep Dhaul (Retd) of the ICRC visited USI from 1045-1200 hr and held discussion with the Director and Deputy Director and Editor, USI.
  • 20 Nov 2014 –Ambassador Mien-Sheng Hsu, President, Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, Taipei accompanied by Mr Wei-Chung Chang, Division Director at the Institute and Ms Frances Chung Fee Lee, Deputy Representative,Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre, New Delhi called on Lt Gen PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), Director, USI.

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

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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