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Saudi Arabia Projects Potential As Defence Hub, Woos Global Bigwigs

 Saudi Arabia Projects Potential As Defence Hub, Woos Global Bigwigs
RIYADH: The first World Defense Show on the outskirts of Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh that kicked off on Monday made an impressive start, attracting not only defence majors from across the globe but also generating interest amongst defence manufacturers for a possible arrangement to undertake joint ventures or localisation of defence equipment in the Kingdom. Founded by Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), the World Defense Show has turned out to be an integrated and future-focused defence event that showcased the latest technological developments from around the globe and demonstrated defence interoperability across all domains. The centrepiece of the custom-built event venue is the 2.7-km-long and 45-metre-wide aircraft runway with a dedicated control tower and an interactive command and control centre showcasing the event theme of interoperability....Read More

Nitin A. Gokhale

Left to himself, Nitin A. Gokhale would rather watch films and sports matches but his day job as a media entrepreneur, communications specialist, analyst and author, leaves him little time to indulge in his primary interests. Gokhale in fact started his career in journalism in 1983 as a sports reporter. Since then he has, in the past 41 years, traversed the entire spectrum across print, broadcast and digital space. One of South Asia's leading strategic analysts, Gokhale has moved on from conventional media to become an independent media entrepreneur running three niche digital platforms—BharatShakti, StratNewsGlobal and Interstellar—besides undertaking consultancy and training workshops in communications for military institutions, corporates and individuals. Now better known for his conflict coverage and strategic analyses, Gokhale has lived and reported from India’s North-east for 23 years between 1983 and 2006, been on the ground at Kargil in the summer of 1999 and also brought us live coverage from Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009.    An alumni of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Hawaii, Gokhale now writes, lectures and analyses security and strategic matters in Indo-Pacific and travels regularly to US, Europe, Australia, South and South-East Asia to take part in various seminars and conferences. Gokhale is also a popular visiting faculty at India’s Defence Services Staff College, the three war colleges, India's National Defence College, College of Defence Management and the IB’s intelligence school.

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