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Army Technology Seminar to Focus on Non – Contact Warfare

Warfare has always evolved faster than the war-fighter, with the latter often lagging behind the speed of technological change. At various points in history, technological change has also altered the nature of the physical fight in substantial ways. 2. Salience: Non - Contact Domain.

In recent times however, the impact of technology has assumed an altogether new and disruptive dimension. The change, in the view of some, is so profound as to take the focus away from the ‘contact’ dimension and the ‘physical’ fight. Geo - strategic realities are now being altered, often, without even a shot being fired. Some argue that the domain of ‘non-contact’ is now as important as ‘contact’; the virtual fight is assuming as much salience as the physical fight.

Dual Use Technologies / Emerging Domains. It is also a truism that science has always had an intimate connect with the military, with various fields of scientific research being driven by military needs / influences. Given the reality of short technological cycles, the rapid pace of obsolescence and rising costs, it has become imperative today, to align the technological aspirations of the military with similar capacities available in the civilian domain, giving rise to the phenomenon of dual use technologies. We need therefore, to first and foremost, match military aspirations with what science can realistically deliver. ....................

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