Bat­tle­field digi­ti­sa­tion, adding ‘real edge’ to com­bat

SP's MAI - - FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK - Jayant Baranwal Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

The Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi ad­dress­ing the Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence re­cently touched upon var­i­ous as­pects of se­cu­rity and linked it to de­vel­op­ment. The tech savvy Prime Min­is­ter un­der­lined the im­por­tance of a ‘Dig­i­tal Armed Force’, urg­ing the Ser­vices to give se­ri­ous thought to up­grade tech­no­log­i­cal skills. Digi­ti­sa­tion is the way for­ward.

And we at SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions be­lieve in this mantra and have part­nered with the Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try (FICCI) for the in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar on Oc­to­ber 27 in New Delhi on ‘Digi­ti­sa­tion of Bat­tle­field – Ex­tend­ing Net­work-Cen­tric­ity to the Last Mile in the Tac­ti­cal Bat­tle Area’. The sem­i­nar se­ries is a con­tin­u­ous ef­fort to get the best minds in the business to talk/dis­cuss and ac­tion about digi­ti­sa­tion, all in an ef­fort to equip the armed forces with the most mod­ern arms and equip­ment. We are thank­ful to the spon­sors who are in fact part­ners in progress spe­cific to the de­fence realm. As re­gards Tac­ti­cal Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sys­tem (TCS), Lt Gen­eral P.C. Ka­toch (Retd) has pointed out that the Army’s mod­erni­sa­tion plan get­ting af­fected by the void of the TCS, but is hope­ful that the Prime Min­is­ter’s push for in­di­geni­sa­tion and ab­sorb­ing for­eign tech­nol­ogy would speed up the TCS pro­gramme.

Of the many cam­paigns/ini­tia­tives that the Prime Min­is­ter Modi has launched, the ‘Make in In­dia’ cam­paign is go­ing to be a highly crit­i­cal el­e­ment in In­dia’s quest to be­come an eco­nomic pow­er­house. There is a re­newed business con­fi­dence as pol­i­cy­mak­ers firm up plans to in­crease the at­trac­tive­ness of In­dia as a man­u­fac­tur­ing hub and set the coun­try on a growth path by cre­at­ing jobs on a mas­sive scale. The en­tre­pre­neur/business com­mu­nity is al­ready ex­cited about the prospects and we hope that the ‘red car­pet’ and not the ‘red tape’, is laid out as promised. Though we are al­ready wit­ness­ing an im­prove­ment in macro-eco­nomic fac­tors in­clud­ing im­proved GDP, con­trol on in­fla­tion and surge of the stock mar­ket, we should keep push­ing for more and more re­forms. The gov­ern­ment seems to be re­cep­tive.

Th­ese re­forms do au­gur well for the in­dus­try and we have in this is­sue com­pa­nies such as MBDA, Rolls-Royce and Rock­well Collins en­dors­ing the ‘Make in In­dia’ cam­paign.

Com­ing to the ir­ri­tant on the western front, Gen­eral V.P. Ma­lik (Retd) has stated that the in­stal­la­tion of Modi Gov­ern­ment in In­dia and re­vi­sion of its pol­icy on cross bor­der ter­ror­ism ran­kles Pak­istan. The Pak­istan es­tab­lish­ment is un­able to di­gest In­dia’s progress on the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional fronts and that Pak­istan has not yet re­alised that its ef­forts to ‘tie down’ In­dia has done more harm to Pak­istan it­self. In­dia has to re-eval­u­ate its mil­i­tary strat­egy against Pak­istan whose ca­pa­bil­ity ap­pears to have been re­duced to ter­ror­ism, sub­ver­sion and bor­der skir­mishes.

The fact that Prime Min­is­ter Modi is lead­ing from the front has boosted enor­mous con­fi­dence across sec­tions. As a re­spon­si­ble me­dia house, we are part­ner­ing with var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions to give fil­lip to the pro­grammes in our own lit­tle way. We look for­ward to see­ing you at the up­com­ing sem­i­nar on Oc­to­ber 27 at the FICCI Au­di­to­rium, New Delhi.

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