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Most armies tend to prepare for the last war. The battle-hardened Indian Army has also been traditionally conservative. From the Pakistani incursions into Kashmir in October 1947 to now, the nation's territorial integrity has often been threatened by inimical neighbours. Forever in battle, the Indian Army has fulfilled its role admirably, in a spirit of valour and sacrifice, fighting several wars also helping stem insurgency within the country, However, the changing nature of warfare, the emerging geo-strategic environment, the existential threat from India's nuclear-armed military adversaries and the danger from terrorism, require a quantum jump in the army's operational capabilities.
About Author :
Commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery in 1972, Brig. Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd.) commanded an infantry brigade in the high-altitude Gurez Sector on the Line of Control with Pakistan (Operation Parakram, 2001-03) and an artillery regiment in counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir Valley (Operation Rakshak, 1993-94).
A former Director, Security Studies and Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation; Senior Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses; Senior Fellow, Centre for Air Power Studies (all based in New Delhi); and Visiting Research Scholar at the Cooperative Monitoring Centre, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, USA, Brigadier Kanwal has authored several books.
Foreword by General V.P. Malik
Part 1: Forever in Battle: Operational Commitments
Custodians of Peace
Threats, Challenges and Vulnerabilities
Battlefield Milieu, Roles and Tasks
Conventional Operation under a Nuclear Overhand
Border Management and Internal Security
PART 2: OTHER MODERN ARMIES AND THE TRANSFORMATION PROCESS
Light, Lethal and Wired: Emerging Trends in Land Forces
The People's Liberation Army: Preparing for a Hi-tech War
Race to the Swift: Lessons of Gulf War II
PART3: RECOMMENDATIONS AND LOOKING AHEAD
Modernization Plans: Choked by Resources Crunch
Generating Firepower Asymmetries
Airpower, Attack Helicopters and Army Aviation
Special Forces: Changing Role and Requirements
Command and Control and Intelligence
Restructuring to Meet Emerging Challenges
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