Author: Lt Gen SN Handa (Retd)
The ‘surgical strikes’ of 29 September 2016 are behind us. We must shed all hype over them whether for political mileage or otherwise and look ahead pragmatically to prepare ourselves for even more challenging times. It will be naïve to expect any dramatic shifts in our neighbour’s known behaviour with a mere change in its Army chief. There is a definite need to look ahead into the distant future, identify contingencies and develop suitable response options optimising maximum elements of our national power. A more confident NSA of today must shed past misapprehensions and induct the service chiefs into its midst. Militarily, there is a need to focus on attaining far higher levels of operational preparedness than those obtaining today.
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