Future wars expected to be
short or intense
Unified response required to
accommodate terrorism and nuclear neighbors
Network Centric Warfare with
expanded and coordinated responses from all services is the objective
The Army, Air Force, and Navy have created new detailed processes, called
Parallel Warfare, for joint operations coordinated in strategy and tactics
specifying possible formations, squadrons, and fleet movements to meet
political and military objectives.
The driving force seems to be rapidly evolving security conditions to
accommodate terrorism, nuclear neighbors, and possible short or intense wars.
Releasing the 25 page doctrine, Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee said this key
requirement of coordinated response to threats is a revolutionary step and
Ministry sources say that joint operational plans will be created at the
command level detailing protocol, responses, operation directives, etc.
In the past, the Army drew up responses to threats and then request the Air
Force and Navy’s help to reach specific objectives. Since future conflicts are
expected to last not more than 12 to 14 days, the time constraint and lack of
space perforce require optimum synergy among the three services at the
operational and command level for joint and joint planning and execution of
operations, selection of targets and identification of threshold levels,
including nuclear capabilities.
There are many benefits to such a doctrine including granting planning,
operational, and execution autonomy based on political direction. As an
example, Defense Ministry officials say that the Air Force would be able to
balance its three commands in the North, West, and South Western to optimally
plan force deployment to meet specific objectives.
Navy is also planning to develop capabilities and arsenal to influence land
battles from the sea to decimate enemy targets and war fighting potential
to augment Army and Air Force capabilities.
Defense planners are also developing information technology and satellite
warfare capabilities to extend its recent gains in network centric warfare