Need to raise strategic consciousness

Rajnath Singh has taken over as the Defence Minister at a time of strategic uncertainty and growing regional instability. The country faces multifarious threats and challenges in both conventional and sub-conventional fields of conflict. Besides, non-traditional vulnerabilities to contend with such as cyber war and defence of assets in outer space are emerging on the horizon.

While the resolution of the longstanding territorial disputes with China and Pakistan and the latter’s proxy war as well as internal security issues will doubtlessly engage his attention, defence preparedness and higher defence management must be given an equally high priority.

First, the minister must address what a former Army Chief, Gen VK Singh, had termed as ‘critical hollowness’ in defence preparedness: insufficient units in some fighting formations (according to authorised scales), large-scale ammunition deficiencies and inordinate equipment shortages Read More

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