By IDU Analysis on December 2, 2012
IDU Analysis on Jointness and Commands and Economy
ACM NAK Browne and other luminaries have in hind sight stated emphatically that if the IAF had been employed in 1962, victory would have been India’s. Hence, if that be a possibility IDU argues that if Gen K Sundarji’s proposal in 1986 to have an AIR COMBAT BRIGADE with attack helicopters and some lift under Army command and control was agreed upon, then Kargil may have never exceeded beyond a week or two.
NSA Menon a brilliant diplomatic mind, it is reported took the bold decision to hand over ATTACK HELICOPTERS to the Army( as in most Armies). Sundarji cerebral stayed with IDU in Singapore post retirement and did discuss air warfare. He must be pleased in his grave.
IDU is sure NSA must be attending to such bold decisions on defining first ‘roles and missions’ of the three services, CDS, Space, Cyber, Amphibious and Theatre commands. Then Jointness must emerge with 49% FDI in Defence to get India’s private defence sector going to save FFE and export as some SMes are already doing. Reliance with deep pockets is getting ready to go with Dassault on 126 Rafales worth $ 13 bill. Tatas, L&T, Pipavav and Mahindras are struggling with MOD. Indian security has to be a big bang change for India’s economy. Lack of jointness and turf battles in security are costing dearly in money and if a war like Kargil or skirmish or a 26/11 repeats, it will cost in men too.