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Bipin Rawat warns of two-front war: India will have to work on its strategy, prepare for worst case scenarios

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By DoThe Best September 8, 2017 11:26

Bipin Rawat warns of two-front war: India will have to work on its strategy, prepare for worst case scenarios

Bipin Rawat categorically mentioned that despite nuclear deterrence, the possibility of a war on two fronts — with Pakistan and China — cannot be ruled out.

While the reality of two-front war has often been discussed in the official circles for years, General Rawat’s public enunciation of this argument has certainly meant that India will have to calibrate its military strategy better to deal with a well-armed neighbour on one hand, while ensuring that another neighbour remains confined to nuisance value. Therefore, this is an opportune time to discuss and deliberate on what kind of strategy India will need to follow to address the threat of two-front war.

Battle preparedness

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

For years now, India has been dealing with the problem of maintaining adequate levels of operational preparedness for its military. While the issues of shortage of arms, ammunition and other war supplies do make it to the national media time and again, particularly after the audits by the Comptroller and Auditor General, one also has to remember that if the primary threat emanates from China, then we have to have adequate preparedness not just for the army but also for the air force and the navy, particularly the latter since the Chinese threat envelopes India’s maritime interests.

While India has more than adequate firepower to deal with the Pakistani threat, we will have to step up our efforts to match Chinese firepower particularly in terms of how many days we can fight altogether. Even more importantly, these calculations will require an assessment of simultaneous fighting with the Chinese and Pakistani forces.

Cyber dimension

As said earlier, while many Indian security analysts describe Pakistani threat as a ‘hybrid threat’, there is under appreciation of the fact it is the Chinese threat which represents the classic hybrid threat.

Over the past few years, Chinese People’s Liberation Army has shown its offensive cyber capabilities by repeatedly hacking into the highly classified US military systems. And if the North Korean hacking capabilities are what they are as described by the Western media, then by enlisting them the Chinese can wreak enough havoc on any adversary- India included. There are already enough conspiracy theories going on about the possible Chinese hacking angle into the repeated instances of the collisions involving the US Navy ships, since the beginning of this year.

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By DoThe Best September 8, 2017 11:26
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