United Service Institution of India (USI)

United Service Institution of India (USI), India’s oldest defence think tank is conducting “THE INDIAN MILITARY HERITAGE FESTIVAL”. The year 2022-2023 is being celebrated as the year of India’s presidency of the G-20. We are proud to be working in tandem with the Government of India’s strategic policies to affirm our position as a global powerhouse, a truly vibrant democracy, and a rising power that is working for the development of all countries in the global south. The Festival is being planned as a flagship annual programme to be held in Delhi, at Manekshaw Centre that will focus on our Heritage and Military traditions; Security and Self-Reliance and the vector of Atmanirbhar Bharat in the defence and military domains. The event will bring together Indian and global corporates, our public sector undertakings, non-profits, think-tanks and associations, as well as high net-worth individuals who are committed to national security and philanthropy, as well as being open to the general populace including students, academicians, research scholars, and people interested in the themes for this year’s event, for cross-pollination of ideas and discussions.

Military History and Heritage

The Indian Military Heritage Festival seeks to delve into India's military history and heritage and showcase it to the world. In doing so, it takes pride in reinforcing India’s stature as an ancient civilisation with a rich military ethos and tradition of soldiering and warfighting going back centuries.

Security, Strategy & Geopolitics

The MILFEST is a major rendezvous for the entire military ecosystem. It will also provide a platform for discussing a host of contemporary issues relating to India and the world in a vertical dealing with Security, Strategy and International Relations

Atmanirbhar Bharat Initiative

The USI Atmanirbhar Bharat Initiative (ANBI) provides a platform to designers, developers, manufacturers and security forces to cross-fertilise ideas and develop a robust ecosystem for indigenisation and self-reliance in defence technology. Specially curated sessions are conducted for the services and strategic industry partners to debate and reflect on the existing and evolving technologies.

"Today, India is not just a market for defence companies, it is also a potential defence partner.
I call on India's private sector to invest more and more in the country's defence sector" -PM Modi (Aero India Show)


To acquaint future thought leaders with the dynamics of comprehensive national security with special emphasis on India's strategic culture, military heritage, education, modernisation of security forces and Atmanirbhar Bharat.


  • Highlight India’s rich military heritage and indigenous military cultures. Also promote literature on Indian military history and the art and science of warfare.
  • Facilitate policymakers and strategic thinkers to build consensus on issues concerning modern warfare and India’s interests and aspirations.
  • To provide a platform to the designers, developers, manufacturers, and Industry partners for promoting the Atmanirbhar Bharat programme.
  • Provide a stage for discussions of future and emerging technologies in the military domain and showcase developments in these technologies in influencing the modern battlespace.
  • To promote a nuanced understanding of evolving geopolitics, its impact on the global order, and implications for India’s strategic security.
  • Inculcate not only the ‘All of Government’ approach to national security, but to engage the whole of the nation to foster greater understanding of the current and emerging security challenges in a holistic manner.