Speaking at the inaugural session of DEFCOM India 2015, defense minister Manohar Parrikar stressed on the need to enhance ICT, Electronics & Cyber (ICTEC) infrastructure capabilities of the Indian Army to ensure protection from disruptive cyber attacks and manipulations.
The minister said that the future wars may be in the form of cyber wars but conventional armies should be equipped by providing them information to fight in a well decided, equipped and planned manner.
“We have been in the forefront of software development and now there is a need to go into better hardware designing and integration in our streams,” added Parrikar.
Lt Gen Nitin Kohli, signal officer-in-chief and colonel commandant, Corps of Signal said, “The Indian Army is moving towards net centricity and is implementing a large number of communications and information technology projects.
The function was attended by the chief of the army staff General Dalbir Singh; CII director general, Chandrajit Banerjee; Kiran Karnik; senior army officers and luminaries from Indian industry, academia and R&D organisations.
The 2015 edition of DEFCOM India is focused on “Leveraging ICTEC Infrastructure and harnessing the Human Capital for Digital Army” and saw participation from defence forces, industry, academia and R&D organisations.
The DEFCOM India 2015 is jointly conducted by the Corps of Signal (Indian Army) and CII under the theme “leveraging ICTEC Infrastructure and Harnessing the Human Capital for Digital Army”. The event presents an ideal platform for all participants to understand each other’s capabilities and needs in ICTEC field, synergise their efforts and emerge with a pragmatic way forward.