Analysis: India’s military reformation may be too little too late

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Buglers from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force arrive to pay their respects at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial on Gandhi’s death anniversary at Rajghat in New Delhi January 30, 2012

By Frank Jack Daniel

NEW DELHI — India’s 1.3 million-strong armed forces, hobbled by outdated equipment and slow decision-making, are undergoing an overhaul as defence priorities shift to China from traditional rival Pakistan.

And like a refit of the imposing but dilapidated defense ministry on Delhi’s grand South Block, it’s a plodding process.

Defense chiefs are hurrying to modernize ageing weaponry as China reinforces a 3,500-km shared but disputed border through the Himalayas.

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Declaring War on Cyber Metaphors

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Top men tell us that dark forces — China, Russia, criminal elements, spies, terrorists, and hackers — are burrowing deep into America’s digital infrastructure, looking to exploit weaknesses, wreck security and cause mayhem. Last month, CIA Director Leon Panetta testified to Congress that “the potential for the next Pearl Harbor could very well be a cyber-attack,” adding to a list of terrifying analogies used to describe the cyber peril, “Cyber 9/11” and “Cyber Armageddon” among them. And the future looks bleak. As former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Michael McConnell wrote a year ago, “The United States is fighting a cyber-war today, and we are losing. It’s that simple.” Continue reading