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

  • NEW ALLIANCES IN AFGHANISTAN - Major General Alok Deb, SM, VSM (Retd)

  • Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s statement in New Delhi recently that India ‘should seek to be present in the room during peace talks with the Taliban’ (Times of India, 07 September 2015), is an indicator which way the winds are again blowing i..

  • Myanmar on The Verge of A Historic Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement - Shri E N Rammohan, IPS (Retd)

  • Myanmar is one step away from an historic deal that could end seven decades of internal conflict. On August 6-7 representatives of the Burmese government, including from its armed forces met with leaders of the country’s armed ethnic groups and fina......


  • India and South Korea share 15th August as their independence day and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee greeted people of South Korea on their National Day recently. India also gave an Independence Day gift to South Koreans, as they would get air con....


  • U.S. chipmaker Intel was recently denied an export license to supply chips for Chinese supercomputer projects as the US Commerce Department believes that Tianhe-2 and its predecessor Tianhe-1 are believed to be used in nuclear explosive activities. I..

  • NSA LEVEL TALKS AND MANOEUVRES - Lieutenant General PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd)

  • That Indo-Pak relationship is hostage to Pak Army’s fear of losing control to civilian leadership, and hence, relevance, is a cliché. What is now also apparent is that General Raheel Sharif writes the detailed script. Why the NSA, who personally co....

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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

  • 24 Sep 2015 – Mr Roy D Kamphausen, Senior Vice President for Research, The National Bureau of Asian Research, Washington DC, USA visited USI and held discussions with the Director at 1015 hours.
  • 10 Sep 2015 - HE Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan accompanied by Mr Said Hafizullah Maududi, Political Counsellor visited USI for a Round Table Discussion from 1100 to 1300 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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