The much talked about restructuring of the Indian Army conforms to the global trend of downsizing and thus making it more responsive to the changing nature of wars which promise to be short, swift and lethal, marked by rapid technological advances. Hybrid warfare, the current flavor may yield to cyber and space domains as the years go by. The need thus is not only to modernize the inventory; there is a definite requirement to create structures that can keep pace with the new doctrines necessitated by modern types of warfare.
In addition to the operational and perspective planning domains, social issues related to declining number of volunteers, career progression, parity of status and fiscal constraints necessitate a rebalance between quantity and quality.
The current exercise is a follow up of a number of similar studies carried out earlier. But the present proposal is significant as it aims at reforms and measures which are radically different from the earlier proposals in nature and form. By resorting to changes well within the financial and administrative parameters, the Indian Army appears to have hit upon a plan which can find acceptance without much opposition. In our Cover Story on the topic, Lt Gen Ata Hasnain has analysed the rationale for restructuring and transformation rather succinctly.
This issue carries an interview with Admiral Sunil Lanba, CNS on the occasion of Navy Day 2018. The CNS speaks about current issues facing the Navy, including expansion and modernization plans to ensure India’s maritime security and integrity. There are a number of other thought provoking features in this issue, including reports on two recently concluded symposiums on Armoured Vehicles and Artillery.
As I sign off for the year, I hope that our readers enjoyed reading the magazine as much as we took care and put in effort to improve upon the layout and content. We look forward to an exciting and rewarding 2019.