De­fence Re­forms: Pri­or­ity Mea­sures

SP's LandForces - - – VIEWPOINT -

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.

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