Dear Members, You would have noticed a new front page of DFI when you type in the forum address www.defenceforumindia.com DFI with the support of its members had been the premier defence, stratrgic and Geo political forum with politics of India too being discussed in depth. India is growing economically and militarily. India has always lacked the security culture as we have said on our forum and lack of strategic thinkers. Well over the last few years a lot has changed and many people have come forward and contributed their ideas and thoughts to further Indian interests globally. Some are known and respected figures. DFI has it share of such thinkers and so we are now making an attempt to position ourselves into a think tank for the future. We want members from DFI and across India and the world who have a keen interest and critical ability in the field of Defence, Strategic Affairs, Geopolitics, Economy and politics which influence India's role in the comity of nations and furthers it's interests. We call on members here and others among our guests and also members who have friends who can write on such topics to become part of IDSA and contribute towards the future of India. I am reminded about a mail written by Ritesh some time back when we were discussing about how to take DFI forward. It was an idea way above anyone's thinking here. Well it also involved a capital expense of 20-25 Lacs (not kidding). It required corporatization if you will and obviously investments. But then things went awry during the end of last year. This is also where allegations of admin role for sale and share of profits came up not knowing the true intention. But then the market is low and investments cannot be made. Running DFI itself costs a lot. So what we have now implemented is something that we can start with without a lot of investment. Our investment is our time and effort along with that of participating authors. What we want is DFI members here, guests and also urge our member to invite people they know who can write on such matters over here. IDSA will be the platform where they can let their voices heard. As we grow and as the time demands, we will try to make it even bigger and with investments if need be. Over the years, we have used many articles from different sources to start discussions on DFI. What we are attempting here is to BE THAT SOURCE for discussion on other forums or anywhere so that our authors get to be heard far and wide. We create an image for ourselves of being people with some of the best talents when it comes to strategic affairs. Off course, our content will be the copyright of IDSA but open for all to use with a link to the original article here on IDSA. All topics on IDSA will have a thread on DFI to discuss. All those who want to be part of IDSA dont even require to be members of DFI (though we would love them to). While we sort out everything and create a page for authors to sign up on IDSA only to write, people can mail (or PM Singh, LB or me if you are member of DFI) any original article for publication on IDSA along with your name or pseudonym if they dont want their name to be out. However i would recommend people to use their original name to lend more credibility. We will publish on IDSA along with the name. The staff of DFI hopes to get the support of all members and budding writers to make IDSA a huge success.