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Since 2017, China's aggressive stance has raised concerns from strategic experts. Barring the 1962 war, India's tense situation with China has never been so bitter. Parallel to this, India was carrying on the main target of cross-border infiltration, terrorism, and challenges facing Pakistan. China was pursuing the goal of military modernization in terms of future challenges, but the increasing tension between the two countries in 2020 has changed everything.
Navy's challenges are not short, will be discussed in commanders conference
China, which has reached Pakistan's Gwadar port, is eyeing the Malacca Water Damru region through Iran's Chabahar port. It is a big international trade route and China does not seem to have very good intentions in view of trade war with some countries including America. China's second challenge is also its far-reaching Ring of Pearl scheme around India in the Indian Ocean region. He is leaving no stone unturned to reach Sethuve, Hambantota in Sri Lanka, Chittagong in Bangladesh. It is understood that there will be extensive discussion in this regard in the three-day Navy Commander's Conference.
Navy will also have to repair its communication system
According to a former Rear Admiral, the challenges of the military forces are never going to decrease. Right now the Navy needs to make its communications system solid, out of reach of hackers, confidential and secure. There is a need to rapidly increase encrypted technology in communication systems. So that our reconnaissance vehicles etc. do not come easily in the eyes of the enemy. Retired Vice Air Marshal NB Singh from the Air Force also said that the Air Force had given special attention in this area in time, but the Army and Navy should pay special attention in making the communication system safe. It is said that after the communication system is safe, there is a qualitative change in the fire power.
Conference of military forces is also special for CDS
General Bipin Rawat took over as Chief of Defense Staff in January this year. Their tenure is three years old and involves joint military operations, logistics, quality of training, support services, communication, repair and maintenance between the three armies. There are challenges such as ending the single-service approach, purchasing defense goods in common, and restoring existing command in the three armies. The theater and active command aims to discuss, design, determine its structure and its components. It is understood that other military forces, including the Navy, can be discussed at the Commander's Conference and Joint Commander's Conference with top commanders by keeping it at the center.
Kovid-19 and China's incursion distract attention from key issues
Lieutenant General (Rita) Balvir Singh Sandhu says that the military challenge is increasing considerably. Discussions on military challenges and future strategies are also held during the Military Commander's Conference. Certainly important topics will be discussed whether it is Navy or Army. Sandhu, however, believes that the transition of Kovid-19 from the last few months and infiltration by China into the Ladakh region diverted attention from all the far-reaching strategies. A senior officer recently retired from the Navy also says that for some time, the main focus has been on immediate issues. However, military officials say that far-reaching strategies continue to work. It does not have a big impact.