Issue Courtesy: The Telegraph | Date : 01 Jan , 2013
It is typical of the Indian security system, that only in times of security crises, does the nation wake up to gross weaknesses in re equipping of the armed forces. Recall the Kargil conflict, when the army Chief was obliged to lament at a press conference that the army would fight with what they had!
A leadership that is willing to discard old ideas, philosophies and prejudices and look at innovative solutions to new technological challenges.
As the post-Mumbai terrorist attack security scenario worsened, the rapidly depleting combat force strength of the IAF and its inadequate assets of air defence radars, on which even the Auditor General’s report has been less that flattering, was highlighted. It was left to an erstwhile Air Chief to pour cold water over brave talk of coercive diplomacy when he said ‘When your defences are weak, what are you going to coerce with?’
In a nut shell this has been India’s historical track record of defence preparedness rooted primarily in its archaic higher defence management system where responsibility and accountability are far removed.
Aviation and Space are the most significant technological influences of our times. Technological changes are altering the face of conventional warfare so completely that weapon systems, forces and budgets that were relevant to old military planning and doctrines are rapidly becoming obsolete. The resulting revolution in military affairs demands not an evolutionary change, but a well-conceived transformation of how security is managed, organized and executed.
Managing these complexities needs leadership at every level that is informed about these issues, is accountable for results and is committed to transformation. A leadership that is willing to discard old ideas, philosophies and prejudices and look at innovative solutions to new technological challenges. In short, our archaic bureaucratic approach to managing national defence research and production must make way for a corporate type mission oriented model.