India Intelligence Report

   Defense Plans for Parallel Warfare



  • 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.

Similarly, the 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 capabilities.