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


  • SHIPS, PIPELINES AND UNITED NATIONS CONVENTIONS FOR THE LAW OF THE SEA- A CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF TRANSPORTING NATURAL GAS  - Commander MH Rajesh

  • Ships and pipelines offer competing alternatives in transportation of natural gas from source nations to India. The selection between these alternatives involves a study of myriad factors such as geography, cost effectiveness, security, technical fea......


  • REVITALISING INDIGENOUS DEFENCE INDUSTRY A MISPLACED FOCUS? - Cmde Lalit Kapur, (Retd)

  • Military platforms, whether tanks, artillery guns, aircraft, ships, submarines or helicopters are enormously complex mechanisms comprising numerous different systems, such as propulsion, transmission, power generation and distribution, each individua..


  • DECODING CHINA’S WHITE PAPER ON MILITARY STRATEGY - Major General PJS Sandhu, (Retd)

  • Chinese White Paper on Military Strategy released by the Chinese Ministry of National Defence on 26 May 2015 has received worldwide attention. Copies of the annual White Paper were placed on a table for distribution to journalists during a news conf..


  • THE ISIS AND A NUCLEAR WEAPON IN WEST ASIA - Colonel GG Pamidi

  • The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has garnered attention for their brutal barbarism, including crucifixion, beheading, and cleansing of ethnic and religious minorities[1]. We have never encountered a terrorist group like the ISIS. Their demo..


  • CHINA’S WHITE PAPER ON MILITARY STRATEGY - Dr Roshan Khanijo

  • The Chinese Ministry of National Defense on May 26, 2015 issued a white paper on China’s Military Strategy which amongst other things enunciated the policy of ‘Active Defense’. This is yet another step by the Chinese government to reinforce the impor......


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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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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

  • 30 Jun 2015 –Ms Sarah Kaiser-Cross, Asia Manager at Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) visited USI and held discussions with the Director and a few other staff members of the USI from 1430-1600 h.
  • 08 Jun 2015 – A 14 member delegation from National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Nigeria, led by Commodore (NN) MS Garba, mni visited USI from 1030 h to 1230 h. The delegation was briefed on 'Indian Armed Forces Contribution to National Human Capacity Development : Training and Infrastructure' by the Director USI and 'Transnational Terrorist Threat : Issues and Prospects' by Dr Adil Rashid, Senior Research Fellow at 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

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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