Decisions for planning defence resources including futuristic technologies require concrete analyses that breaks down the categories of major military technological inventions and innovations one by one and examines each individually. The requirement is to mitigate own vulnerabilities in areas where military technologies are changing fastest, as also creative thinking to modify tactics and operational plans to combat the adversary that has or is about to acquire advanced technologies. Ideally, this should be handled by the CDS. But CDS is severely handicapped in meeting this requirement due to limited role and power, and no lien on defence production and R&D. Government needs to seriously examine these issues.
Author: LT GEN PC KATOCH PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC (RETD)
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