India: The eighth edition of GeoIntelligence India began in New Delhi, India, today. Delivering the inaugural address, Gen Bikram Singh, Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army, said that defence industry needs to come up with innovative and economical solutions which cater to the complexity of today’s warfare. Describing geoint as a vital foundation for defence, Gen Singh raised the issue of interoperability and stressed upon the need to build interoperability among the three forces.
His views were echoed by Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon (Retd), who spoke about the need of interoperability among the defence forces and between armed forces and CAPFs in the country. “The requirement of each force may be different, but harmonisation is possible,” he said. Speaking about the importance of technology, he said, “If India does not leverage the technical advancement, it will be left behind,” adding, “We need to establish a national capacity which will help build India’s technological capabilities, and that requires a policy. This is the work-in-progress.”
AG Apte, Chairman, NTRO, raised an interesting point when he said that ‘geoint itself can become a platform for data fusion and analysis.’ He then spoke about the challenge of ensuring security of this platform and stressed upon the need to build effective cyber defence capabilities.
Raising the issue of private players in the Indian defence sector, JD Patil, Director, Heavy Engineering, Larsen & Toubro, said that a relationship of trust between government and private industry is an absolute necessity today and hence encouragement should be given to PPP model. Praising Indian defence procurement policy, he said, “We are now focussing on ‘make’ strategy. Buy Indian is our number one critieria. What we need is a genuine implementation of our current policies.” While L&T raised the issue of indigenisation, Atul D Tayal, Joint Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer, Domestic Operations, Rolta, India, focussed his talk on the kind of solutions the compant provides to armed forces and internal security. Talking about how homeland security has assumed importance overtime, he said the security forces need solutions for problems like counter-insurgency.
Organised by Geospatial Media and Communications, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘GeoInt: Enhancing Combat Potential’.
Source: Our Correspondent