Information operations are an effective force multiplier as we've seen during the Kargil war and counter-insurgency operations. However, the nature of this new facet of war must be fully understood to be entirely effective as an instrument of advancing one's cause.
Recently operations were carried out on the LOC to foil infiltration attempts, causing attrition to the enemy. However, a premature announcement in the media negated the positive fallout of this episode and led to an avoidable and totally unnecessary controversy being generated.
I cannot but stress the need for information warfare capsules being made part of the curricula in pre-commission training, tactical schools of instruction and seats of higher military learning.
General Philip Campose,
GOC-in-C, Western Command, paying tributes to the martyrs at
the Command War Memorial
Western Army Commander
The Mechanised Infantry Regiment has benefited enormously from the mid-career induction of high-profile officers from other regiments. Lieutenant General Philip Campose, GOC-in-C, Western Command, was commissioned in that excellent regiment, the 9th Gorkha Rifles, transferring to the Mechanised Infantry in 1982.
The general has held instructional appointments at the National Defence Academy, the School of Armoured Warfare and the Defence Services Staff College. Higher-level staff appointments held by General Campose include director general and deputy director general (strategy) in the directorate of perspective planning at Army Headquarters and chief staff officer (land vector) at headquarters strategic forces command. One wishes him a meaningful tenure.
The officer-jawan relationship
Recent incidents involving officers and Jawans have unduly alarmed the public. I say unduly because long-term observers of the Indian military say there is no irrevocable breakdown in the relationship between officers and men. It stands firm as ever. Is commanding troops in the old way out? Not necessarily, the old values retain their relevance. The only thing we need to absorb is that the nature of Jawans themselves has changed. The Jawans of today are more educated, more aware, and more in sync with a changing world. That is the lesson which officers of today must grasp, assimilate and take action on.
The increasing interest in national security and access to information on defence matters among young Indians has spawned a number of niche sites in the cyber world. The most active of these is undoubtedly Bharat Rakshak (bharat-rakshak.com).
Run by a number of enthusiasts both within the country and among the Diaspora, the website has loads of information particularly on military history and current technology.
Bharat Rakshak's forum is very active. It is highly recommended both for young enthusiasts wanting to learn more and experienced analysts wanting to try out their ideas.
NSG raising day 2013
The country's lead counter-terrorist force, the National Security Guard celebrated its 29th raising day on October 16th at its sprawling campus at Manesar, Haryana.
Such occasions are a great opportunity to showcase skills, foster internal bonding and reassure the nation of a force's commitment.
However, there is some unease in certain knowledgeable quarters about the NSG putting its operational procedures, tactics and equipment on display for the whole world to see.
Counter-terrorist organisations are by their very nature secretive particularly about their methods. We seem to hold a different view in this country. Good to note though that the NSG proposes to interact with other countries' forces.