A Cold Start for Hot Wars? The Indian Army's New Limited War Doctrine

  title={A Cold Start for Hot Wars? The Indian Army's New Limited War Doctrine},
  author={Walter C. Ladwig},
  journal={International Security},
  • W. Ladwig
  • Published 10 January 2008
  • Political Science
  • International Security
In response to the perceived inability of the Indian military to leverage its conventional superiority to end Pakistan's proxy war in Kashmir, the Indian Army announced a new offensive doctrine in 2004 intended to allow it to mobilize quickly and undertake limited retaliatory attacks on its neighbor, without crossing Pakistan's nuclear threshold. This Cold Start doctrine marks a break with the fundamentally defensive military doctrines that India has employed since gaining independence in 1947… 


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