Indian armed forces will need transformative changes to meet challenges arising out of threats from China and Pakistan, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat said on Thursday.
“Threats for which a military must be organised come from China and Pakistan. In the future, China will continue to assert itself seeking to establish dominance in states surrounding India and the Indian Ocean region…. We also stood up to our belligerent neighbour on our northern borders and thwarted their nefarious designs. Now, more than any time else, military transformation is vital to our survival,” Rawat said while delivering the keynote address during a national webinar on “Transformation: Imperatives for Indian Armed Forces” organised by the College of Defence Management (CDM).
The CDS pushed for infusion of more technology, development of indigenous capabilities and integration of defence assets and operations through theatre commands.
“India is facing a challenging and complex security environment. Some important steps that we need to take include defining the national security strategy and higher defence strategic guidance, structural reforms, synergising military and civilian administrative structures, integrating joint operations among the armed forces and strengthening India’s asymmetric capabilities. We cannot afford to delay operationalisation of joint structures like the theatre commands,” Rawat said.