Cy­ber­se­cu­rity con­cerns

The In­dian mil­i­tary’s de­pen­dence on im­ported crit­i­cal cy­ber equip­ment calls for an im­me­di­ate and de­lib­er­ate re­view of In­dia’s real-time mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­ity for cy­ber war­fare.

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IN PRESENT TIMES, AC­TUAL COM­BAT IN WAR calls for the de­ploy­ment of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force—the mil­i­tary, in short—in joint op­er­a­tions un­der a chief of de­fence staff (CDS), a com­man­der su­pe­rior in rank to the three ser­vice chiefs. The CDS would also be the sin­gle point of mil­i­tary ad­vice to the Prime Min­is­ter. At present, In­dia does not have a CDS.

War-readi­ness in­volves main­tain­ing the weapons, am­mu­ni­tion and equip­ment of the mil­i­tary and ac­quir­ing

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ma­te­rial to com­pen­sate for rou­tine losses and ob­so­les­cence. It also in­volves en­gag­ing in the in­evitable “arms race” for de­ter­rence, to match or ex­ceed the ca­pa­bil­ity of weapons ac­quired by ex­ist­ing or po­ten­tial ad­ver­saries.

Apart from on-the-ground mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­ity for de­ter­rence, de­fence or of­fen­sive op­er­a­tions, the eco­nomic, fi­nan­cial and po­lit­i­cal sup­port and the ca­pa­bil­ity of the na­tion are vi­tal for war.

Mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in­volve us­ing com­mand-and-

TRAINEE OF­FI­CERS at the Mil­i­tary Col­lege of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Engi­neer­ing, Mhow. A file pic­ture.

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