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.
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
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.