WHAT THE ARMY NEEDS
The force must reorient itself for modern warfare
Realistic threat assessment A two-anda-half front war sounds good on paper but is a worst-case scenario that held good during the Cold War. The army must hence plan for realistic assessment for a five-year and a 10-year horizon. This cannot be an army-only approach and has to be done at the national level and subsequently adapted by the armed forces.
Force restructuring Currently, the army is torn between competing claims from its various fighting arms, the infantry, armoured corps and the artillery. Each fights for a greater share of the pie. The force needs balanced development based on a capability-centric and not an equipment-centric approach.
Equipment The army’s wishlist consists of equipment like howitzers made over 25 years ago. A realistic threat assessment will lead to a revision of equipment needs.
Limited war doctrine The army needs to urgently crystallise a doctrine for a limited war under a nuclear overhang and reorient itself to fighting wars that are most likely in today’s radically altered scenario.
Leaner logistics tail The army needs to implement recommendations to rightsize logistics corps and create an integrated logistics network employing expertise from the commercial field. It also needs to right-size itself by cutting down on wasteful use of manpower in peacetime formations, get rid of Second World War-era relics like the Central Ordnance depots, and speed up supply of vital equipment to field formations.
A T-90 TANK IN PUNJAB