We must re-evaluate strategic priorities and realign actions to ensure we are not left behind: IAF chief

Tribune News Service

Ajay Banerjee

New Delhi, June 24

With cyber warfare, information warfare and space domains becoming the new battlefields, the Indian Air Force’s Chef Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary said on Friday that coercion is the new strategy, prompting a re-evaluation of strategic priorities and action to ensure To that the IAF is not ‘left behind’.

The IAF chief was speaking at a symposium titled ‘Capstone’ to mark the culmination of the first War and Aerospace Strategy Program (WASP). The seminar was organized by the College of Air Warfare and Center for Air Power Studies (CAPS).

The IAF chief said diplomacy, economy and information are becoming the primary tools of engagement with military equipment being used as deterrents.

It should drive the strategic thinking and direction of our future endeavours. He asked the forces to engage the mid-level officers to gain knowledge and contribute to the formulation of sound operational plans for the Indian Air Force.

Also, a research-based thought process, detailed analysis, well-structured reasoning backed with sound and convincing logic should be the backbone of the IAF’s problem solving campaign. Such an approach can provide solutions to many day-to-day issues and can help in formulating better policies and principles.

Air Chief Marshal Chaudhry said that the ‘War and Aerospace Strategy Program’ was designed to brief the participants about the major themes of the nation’s wider national power.

“Our focus should remain on critical thinking and strategy at an operational level while developing a deeper understanding of the art and science of fighting war,” he told the audience, which included senior officers from all three services, Vayu Shakti scholars, academics with prominent views . The country’s tanks and major colleges.

Although the IAF started this program with the aim of instilling strategic thought and understanding, it aims to inculcate a culture that promotes reading, a keen sense of analysis.

Program participants presented papers on contemporary topics relating to air power in recent conflicts and the changing doctrinal norms establishing the dominant role of air power in national security.