‘In­dia lag­ging in in­for­ma­tion war­fare’

Ex-Gen­er­als call for indi­geni­sa­tion

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Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Vi­jay Oberoi (Retd.) said on Satur­day that de­spite ma­jor ad­vance­ments in the field, In­dia was still bank­ing on im­ported in­for­ma­tion war­fare tech­niques, which could be fa­tal.

He was speak­ing at a dis­cus­sion on “In­for­ma­tion war­fare: the new face of war” at the Mil­i­tary Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val 2018 here.

Lt. Gen. Oberoi said the GPRS tech­nol­ogy be­long­ing to the U.S. did not per­form as ex­pected dur­ing the Kargil War. “At a time when all forms of weapons, whether nu­clear, con­ven­tional or sub-con­ven­tional, were be­ing man­aged by com­put­ers, it was not good that we were still bank­ing on equip­ment made by oth­ers,” he said.

Lt. Gen. R.S. Pan­war (Retd.) said that while the U.S., China and Rus­sia had al­ready taken con­crete steps to strengthen their in­for­ma­tion war­fare tech­niques, In­dia was yet to take an ap­pro­pri­ate call on it.

Ac­cord­ing to Lt. Gen. S.P. Kochar, in­for­ma­tion war­fare must be seen as an en­abler to sup­port the Com­man­der dur­ing war op­er­a­tions. “A lot still needs to be done in the field of in­for­ma­tion war­fare,” he said, ad­ding that that ev­ery jawan' who en­tered the train­ing cen­tre IT-qual­i­fied. should

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Dur­ing the dis­cus­sion on “Mil­i­tary in­dus­trial base and Make in In­dia”, for­mer Chief of the Army Staff, Gen­eral V.P. Ma­lik, said that In­dia was im­port­ing 14% of the total arms and am­mu­ni­tion glob­ally, which was more than what China and Pak­istan im­ported col­lec­tively.

In 1992, the De­fence Re­search and Devel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion had chalked out a 10-year plan un­der which the then trend of 80% import of weapons and 20% ex­port was to be re­versed. How­ever, in 2005 it was found that ex­ports had in­creased to just 30%.

V.P. Ma­lik

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