Stating that the future wars might be fought in the cyberspace, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar warned the Army against “information blackout”. Mr. Parrikar, who is keen to modernise the armed forces sought enhanced capabilities to ensure protection from disruptive cyber attacks or manipulations. Addressing the DEFCOM seminar in New Delhi on Monday organised by the Corps of Signal of the Indian Army and the CII, he said a resurgent India will increasingly play a dominant role in the world affairs.
“The world that we as a nation will be interacting with is increasingly fraught with turbulence and will call for dominant military might. We need to develop technology and system appropriate to evolving military doctrine,” Defense minister Parrikar said.
Stressing that Information Technology (IT) has an important role to play because “future wars may be cyber wars” Mr. Parrikar citied the example of the terrorist organization like Islamic State (IS), which he said was “one of the best user of internet technology” for their promotion.
Speaking further on the subject, he said his “worry” was information blackout which can be caused by various destructive mechanisms. The Union Defense minister also emphasised that Indian Army should not only use the digital advantage but also protect itself against destructive technology of adversaries.
“We need to enhance our capabilities to ensure that nation is protected from such disruptive cyber attacks or cyber manipulations,” he said adding “Because of Information Technology, you can get so much information that getting vital information out of that becomes something like finding a needle in a haystack.”
Parrikar, however, asserted that boots on the ground cannot be replaced.
“Ultimately conventional armies cannot be replaced but they can be equipped with equipment which will provide them with all the information to fight with a well decided and well planned way without getting interrupted,” he said.
(With inputs from the PTI)