Future Warfare: Generals in Pinstripe Suits

Executives in pinstripe suits may be the antithesis of combat commanders in camouflaged uniforms inspecting troops on the counter-infiltration grid or deployed to counter terrorists in South Kashmir. However to overcome the challenges of militancy driven more by information, media and the narrative, figuratively speaking generals will have to adopt skills and mindsets of newsroom executives, sociology professors and psychology teachers. They will have to base their decisions on data collected from ground surveys and shift experimenting with hypothesis derived from experience plainly speaking trial and error to a more structured knowledge based approach. In fact, India’s parliamentarians whom the services routinely chide for being unaware of nuances of modern warfare have called for a focus on information technology and artificial intelligence. The 29th Report of the Committee of the 16th Lok Sabha  on Estimates presented to the parliament on 25 July 2018 covering Department of Defence Production Preparedness of Armed Forces Defence Production and Procurement noted a fundamental change in the nature of modern warfare....................... [1070 Words]

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