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


  • CHINA’S PUSH FOR CYBER SOVEREIGNTY - Col Rohit Mehrotra

  • In the current era, Internet has become a part and parcel of almost every facet of modern society. Cyber-sovereignty is critical to National-sovereignty, wherein cyber-attacks pose serious threat to security of any nation. Cyber sovereignty (wangluo......


  • CONTINUING EVOLUTION OF CHINESE ARMED FORCES- CHINA ANNOUNCES ITS THEATRE COMMANDS  - Commander MH Rajesh

  • A much anticipated change regarding the PLA, in the air for the past several years, is finally official. On 01 February 2016, at a ceremony attended by Central Military Commission (CMC) members in Beijing, Generals Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of the....


  • CHINA’S NEW DEFENCE SERVICE: THE PLA ROCKET FORCE - Dr Roshan Khanijo

  • The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) established the PLA Army’s leading organ, the PLA Rocket Force and the PLA Strategic Support Force on December 31, 2015.China’s Second Artillery Force has been replaced by this PLA Rocket Force, and Presiden....


  • CONTINUING EVOLUTION OF CHINESE ARMED FORCES-A REVIEW OF RECENT ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES  - Commander MH Rajesh

  • (Summary:- On 31 Dec 2015, China instituted a Ground Forces (Army) Chief with separate Headquarters and a PLA Strategic Support Force (likely, a Cyber Command?). The Second Artillery was renamed People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) and also..


  • PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI’S MOSCOW VISIT EXPANDED SCOPE OF MAKE IN INDIA MISSION - Dr Nivedita Das Kundu

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Russia from 23rd – 24th December 2015, provided fresh impetus to the strategic partnership between the two countries. This visit reinforced interests of both states in maintaining their traditionally cl...


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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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Registrations for DSSC / TSOC - 2016 and Part B - 2016 open. Register immediately to commence prep through Corres Course earliest.


The first set of Course mtrl for Part B Exam 2016, dispatched to registered students on 03 Nov 15. Students are advised to register for the course imdt to draw max benefit from systematic study through the Corres Course.


The first set of Course mtrl for DSSC/TSOC Exam 2016 dispatched to registered students on 24 Nov 2015. Students are advised to register for the course imdt to draw max benefit from systematic study through the Corres Course. Students can also register for Contact Pgmes 2016.

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 16 - Registration for Part D, 2016 is open. The Course is being remodeled. Register yourself imdt to get max time for prep for best results. 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 16 / DSSC -2016.

The remodeling of Course together with hard work of USI student has shown great success in results.In 2015, USI students bagged 18 out 20 Competitive vacancies for DSSC (Army). Out of 239 Army officers nominated to attend DSSC Course, 208 were USI students. 16 out of 17 earmarked as res were USI students. See Msg from CI for detailed analysis of results.

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

  • 03 Feb 2016.A Round Table Discussion (RTD) was held with Vice Admiral Ben Key, CBE, Royal Navy Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff, the United Kingdom from 1030 - 1230 hours. He was accompanied by Lt Commander Nick Bates, Capt Stuart Borland (Naval Adviser) and Brig Mark Goldsack, CBE (Defence Adviser). The Vice Admiral made his remarks on ‘UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review’ which was followed by an interactive session. The RTD was Chaired by Vice Admiral AK Singh, PVSM, AVSM, NM (Retd) and attended by serving military officers, diplomats and USI scholars.
  • 01 Feb 2016. As part of the outstation instructional visit, a 14 member team of student officers from Department of Technology Management, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Pune visited USI from 1430 to 1645 hours. The team interacted with Maj Gen PK Goswami, VSM (Retd), Deputy Director (Administration), Mr RS Kalha, IFS (Retd) and Cmde Lalit Kapur (Retd)on Make in India in Defence Sector, India’s Maritime Strategy and Sino-Indian Relations.

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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