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India will transform into a major Defence power once the National Security Strategy (NSS) prepared by committee headed by NSA Ajit Doval gets accepted

Since PM Modi Government has come to power it has always given special focus on the defence sector of the nation. From allocating a larger budget to defence sector, planning other big moves to fulfilling the need of forces of crucial weapons and equipments Modi Government has done all

Now in another move that will strengthen the defence sector further, PM Modi Government is all set with India’s new military doctrine

According to a report by Hindustan Times, India’s Defence Planning Committee (DPC) headed by the National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval hich was assigned with drafting a new National Security Strategy (NSS) is no ready to present it in the upcoming month

Three senior officials associated with the preparedeness of the strategy has confirmed that the report is ready and is undergoing final check before its presentation

This defence diplomacy plan would focus on the future war fronts, requirement of naval expeditionary forces, and the projection of comprehensive national power. It will outline the military threat to India in terms of the number of possible fronts.

Currently, the Indian military is preparing itself for a two-front military threat in the North and the West in a worst-case scenario. This document will serve as a guideline for the defence ministry to decide upon the stock of ammunition to be kept as ready stock

The NSS draft is expected to define India’s position on no first use of nuclear weapons in the current context as well as other red lines that could lead to strategic escalation. It will also answer whether the Indian Navy requires more aircraft carriers worth billions of dollars or development of air bases in any of the 611 islands under India in the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea to venture deep across the Indian Ocean or the Persian Gulf, even the South China Sea.

For instance, the tri-service Andaman and Nicobar Islands Command could easily project Indian might into the South China Sea with the existing air bases being upgraded and naval bases being equipped with jetties to handle larger warships. The A & N Command sits on the mouth of Malacca Straits with Banda Aceh in Indonesia a mere 163km away as the bird flies from Campbell Bay in Nicobar.

With the CDS expected to take over all tri-service structures including Special Operations, Cyber and Space Commands, the NSS will also define the role of stand-off and anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons in future wars, keeping in mind the Indian doctrinal posture.

The strategy will be made public after the approval and acceptance of the PM Modi government or the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). Once accepted it will be a big booster for the defence sector and will turn India into a major defence power.


Niharika

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