WHAT THE ARMY NEEDS

The force must re­ori­ent it­self for modern war­fare

India Today - - THE BIG STORY -

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.

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