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Ascending India and Its State CapacityExtraction, Violence, and Legitimacy$
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Sumit Ganguly and William R. Thompson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215922

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215922.001.0001

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Defense and Security Policies

Defense and Security Policies

(p.251) Eleven Defense and Security Policies
Ascending India and Its State Capacity

Sumit Ganguly

William R. Thompson

Yale University Press

This chapter examines defense policies and movements toward acquiring capabilities that will permit India to project its influence over longer distances than has previously been the case. Despite institutional slackness and bureaucratic hurdles, India is acquiring significant military might to cope with a range of threats. It is also developing a power-projection capability, as can be inferred from some of its military acquisitions. Unfortunately, cost overruns, poor results, and persistent deals characterize the vast majority of its domestic military programs. Even its foreign-weapons-acquisition process evinces a process that is extremely cumbrous and unwieldy. Nevertheless, India has managed to suppress, or at least contain, all domestic challenges to its security and territorial integrity.

Keywords:   defense policies, power-projection capability, military acquisitions, military programs, domestic challenges

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