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


  • IRAN DEAL AND CHINA - Commander MH Rajesh

  • P5+1 countries have been working on a deal with Iran regarding its nuclear capabilities for the past 12 years. The aim of the deal is to limit the nuclear capabilities of Iran and extend time to prepare a bomb, called the break out time, to one year..


  • WHAT THE CHINESE STOCK MARKET CRASH FORETELLS - Col Akshaya Handa

  • The Shanghai Composite Index soared 150 per cent over the past year before shedding 30 per cent in a little more than three trading weeks . For a world concerned about Greece, it was another plausible jolt. The hawks predicted death of the Chinese ec......


  • CHINA: PLUGGING A WEAKNESS - Cmde Lalit Kapur, (Retd)

  • A widely talked about weakness of growing Chinese maritime power is its anti-submarine capability. Barely six weeks after China released its white paper military strategy and went public with its desire to develop a blue-water navy; China-watchers were a..


  • IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: IMPLICATIONS FOR ASIA - Dr Roshan Khanijo

  • After months of negotiations, finally the six powers (U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China) have been able to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran. This is a significant moment for ‘International Diplomacy’. It seems the six powers have been suc..


  • GREEK TRAGEDY: IMPLICATIONS FOR INDIA - Col Akshaya Handa

  • The Greek economic crisis is being enacted. The popular verdict has been that the crisis is essentially economic and India with its minimal exposure is unlikely to be affected. Albeit, the assumption that the implications would be essentially economi......


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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 – Register yourself for contact pgmes imdt, as it is on first come first serve basis, and highly oversubscribed.

For DSSC Sep 15 - You can still get entire USI Corres Course package including précis and pamphlets for DSSC Sep 15, if you subscribe now, in case you have missed out subscribing earlier.

CONTACT PGME FOR DSSC ENTRANCE EXAM SEP 2015, (WALK IN REGN) - You can attend any of the Contact Pgmes by walking in directly with necessary documents. Regn will be done on the spot.

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

  • 23 Jul 2015 –Col Mats Wigselius, the outgoing Defence Attaché of Sweden and Col Per Nilsson, incoming Defence Attaché of Sweden in India visited USI held discussions with Lt Gen PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), Director and Maj Gen PJS Sandhu (Retd), Deputy Director and Editor from 1100-1145 h.
  • 20 Jul 2015 –A Round Table Discussion with Mr Claude Arpi on “Future Scenarios for Tibet – What it Implies for India” and “China’s Ninth White Paper on Military Strategy” was held at USI from 1045 – 1300 h. The RTD was Chaired by Lt Gen PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), Director and attended by Armed Forces officers, diplomats, scholars and USI staff.

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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