Dialogues on Defence

The Ananta Centre Dialogues on Defence

 The Ananta Centre Dialogues on Defence aim to provide a unified, independent and non-partisan platform for stakeholders in the defence space to communicate and develop a new, modern vision for the management of military assets and intelligence in order to better understand and address the challenges that will confront our forces in the upcoming super-connected, super-intelligent world.

As a non-political convening body which focuses on the importance of values-based leadership and consensus-driven multi-stakeholder discussion, the Ananta Centre is in a unique position to enable this critical and timely dialogue of national importance.

Context: Why Defence and National Security?

Defence refers to the sum of measures taken by a people to ensure the security and safety of their nation. This includes essential safety of its citizens, economy, and institutions from external and internal threats.

The basic objective of defence is to ensure maintenance of peace and continuation of control and command over the sovereign boundaries of a nation state. In other words, the essential objective of defence is the preservation of national sovereignty through the use of military deterrence and intervention.

Over the years, the means of defence and the demands on defensive capabilities have changed dramatically and disruptively. The contentious post-9/11 world we live in has thrown up new challenges and unveiled new theaters of conflict. These include rapid technological upgradation, innovative non-conventional weapons, adoption of general A.I. and advanced robotics. Many developed countries like the U.S., U.K., France and Israel are already investing heavily in these areas, as is China.

The changing nature of defence has also meant that many synergies now exist between nations that are well-versed in conventional forms of warfare (such as the U.S. or other NATO countries) and countries such as India which have experience in dealing with both conventional and non-conventional forms and theaters of war. India must prepare well in time in order to ensure that her offensive and defensive capabilities are not rendered obsolete by such new military trends, technologies and strategies. In other words, India must make her armed forces future-ready and future-proof.

Where We Come In

In order to achieve this objective, we need to bring concerned stakeholders together on a common platform in order to debate and develop a blue-print for the future of Indian defence.  As an independent apolitical convening body, Ananta Centre is in the unique position of being able to offer this common platform for all defence sector stakeholders to come together and openly examine the various issues and challenges laying before the Indian defence sector.

At the Ananta Centre, we have identified the following thrust areas of concern and opportunities for discussion and review – India’s strategic international partnerships and joint military exercises, technology upgradation and modernization, partnering with the private sector in defense production, and rationalization of control and command structures.


We have also identified the following key objectives of the Ananta Centre Dialogues on Defence. These dialogues will have served their purpose if they can help defence-sector stakeholders prepare a blue-print for the future of India’s defence and national security.

  • Creating consensus among stakeholders in the Indian defence establishment
  • Promoting civil society engagement and track-II dialogues in the realm of defence
  • Creating strategies to strengthen India’s offensive and defensive capabilities
  • Discussing the importance and utility of PPP in promoting indigenous defence production
  • Reviewing India’s international strategic partnerships in the field of defence and discussing ways to strengthen them
  • Assessing India’s position with regard to export control regimes
  • Exploring measures of enhancing technological capabilities in pursuit of modernization of the forces such as a focus on pragmatic training, surveillance capabilities, cyber security, aerospace technology, maritime technology and infantry technology
  • Evaluating issues and challenges faced by the deputed security forces in various regions of the country
  • Assessing offset policies and hurdles in defence procurement procedures in India
  • Reviewing and analyzing the structure and efficiency of the command hierarchy of the Indian defence establishment

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The Ananta Centre endeavors to explore, define and strengthen the foundational features of India’s core defence capabilities. Our hope is that the independent and consensus-based conclusions reached by the panelists and participants will help India attain commanding heights of the military world.

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