Reinventing the wheel is known to be an old adage, but the profession it is repeatedly applied in is the military. However, good military men won’t usually admit that until you needle them a little on what all they did in their careers. Since I seem to be critiquing my brethren let me be the first to admit that the adage has not escaped me either. However, I am proud that I am admitting it today as much as I admitted it in those years in service. Most of us have lived with the perception that our predecessors just could not have been as good as us.
While addressing the Indian community at Washington during his recent visit Prime Minister Modi drew the loudest response when he spoke on the surgical strikes conducted after the Uri attack last September. Surgical strikes triggered the imagination and interest of all Indians, instilling a feeling of pride in the nation state as it responded to Pakistan sponsored terror attacks.
Khaplang Uncle or Baba is now no more. Some of us had the privilege and opportunity to speak to him, as at one time, he was our ally and while engaging with him, it was difficult to hold back the proverbial Stockholm syndrome.
Has technology become the dominant force behind the equipping programmes of the Army and other Services at the cost of military strategy? The main trigger of change for the future should be our military strategy to achieve the National Security objectives. Technology has brought about a new dimension to waging war, using the domain of cyber, space and C4ISR, but it is military strategy that should drive the equipping plan.
Evolution of Military Strategy
Afghanistan as a nation has rarely witnessed peace. It has been engulfed in some form of conflict throughout its history. Its inter-tribal rivalry and within tribes, inter-clan rivalry has always been its bane. It continues unabated even in present times, when other problems like the Taliban and ISIS appear more overbearing. It is evident as the nation is compelled to create an additional appointment of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to accommodate Abdullah Abdullah, in addition to a President, to minimize tribal rivalries.
A seminar on Unravelling the Political, Economic and Security Influences in NE India and its Impact on the Nuances of Indo-Myanmar Border Management, was conducted by Assam Rifles under the stewardship of Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, the Director General of Assam Rifles at Shillong on 23 and 24 Jun 2017. The speakers and panelists included a galaxy of luminaries to include Shri Tathagata Roy, Governor of Tripura, Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma(retd),PVSM, UYSM,AVSM, VSM, Governor of Mizoram and Sh P B Acharya, Governor of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
The history of Rotary Wing Aviation can be said to have commenced in 1936 when the German Folcke-Wulf Fw 61 became the first practical functional helicopter. It is however the Sikorsky R-4 that became the first helicopter to enter full scale production in 1942.
Michele Pétré was appointed to the Ministry of Defence/DGA in 1971. In 1982, he was attached to the Strategies Studies Group where he was responsible for research policy, nuclear deterrence and anti-ballistic missile defence.
In 1987, he was appointed in the Missiles Directorate (DGA) and since 1997 as deputy Director. In 2002, he held the appointment of Ingénieur Général Hors Classe de l’Armement, Director in charge of Future Armament Programs and Defence Research & Technology (DGA).
Indian subcontinent remains one of the few geographical areas in the world where the threat of a conventional armed conflict remains high and within the realm of possibilities. Acquisition of military hardware and capability development in this field remains high on the agenda of the nations in the region. India, too, like all its neighbours continues to equip its armed forces to defend itself against aggression protect its strategic interests.
The previous year, 2016 had been a seminal year for Augmented Reality (AR). It witnessed the launch of Pokemon Go, a free-to-play, location-based AR game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. The activity involved a Pokémon appearing on Google Maps and then allowing the gamers to use their browsers to search for the exotic monsters located at real-world positions and physically reaching up to them and then hit an icon on screen, and be rewarded with items and experience points.
The Standoff on the Bhutan-India-China trijunction which has reached concerning levels over the past few weeks has its genesis on the Doklam plateau, an 89-sq. km tract in Western Bhutan that China claims to be part of Tibet. This is a long standing disputed territory between Bhutan and China – one amongst three major contested areas across the Bhutan – Tibet border and the two countries have so far held twenty four rounds of talks to resolve outstanding border issues between them, a process that has so far remained ongoing.
In any meaningful discussion relating to maritime security, it is critical to bear in mind that the word ‘maritime’ connotes much more than merely the Navy-Coast Guard amalgam, and that the word ‘security’ connotes a condition far more holistic than is denoted by merely ‘military’ security.