Defence Reforms: Priority Measures
Formulate a comprehensive National Security Strategy (NSS) after undertaking a strategic defence review. Approve LTIPP 2007-22, the long-term integrated perspective plan of the armed forces, and the ongoing Defence Plan 2007-12, now in its fourth year. The defence budget must be enhanced to three per cent of the GDP for meaningful defence modernisation and for upgrading the present military strategy of dissuasion to deterrence against China. The long-pending defence procurement plans such as artillery modernisation, the acquisition of modern fighter aircraft and aircraft carriers and submarines must be hastened. Modernisation plans of the Central Paramilitary and Police Forces must also be given the attention that they deserve. The government must immediately appoint a Chief of Defence Staff to head the defence planning function and provide a single-point military advice to the Cabinet Committee on Security.