To some extent, the 2019 elections were fought on the issue of national security — but the major parties neglected to spell out their plans for revitalising the core issue of decision-making at the apex level and measures to enhance defence preparedness to manage future threats and challenges. There is much that needs to be revamped in the management of national security and the new government will need to move quickly on many fronts.
First and foremost:
1. There is an urgent requirement to formulate a comprehensive National Security Strategy (NSS), including strategy for internal security.
2. The NSS should be formulated after carrying out an inter-departmental, inter-agency, multi-disciplinary strategic defence review.
At present, the procurement of weapons and defence equipment is being undertaken through ad hoc annual procurement plans, rather than being based on duly prioritised long-term integrated plans that are designed to systematically enhance India’s combat potential. Read More