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Army’s 2-day seminar on disruptive technologies and future wars concludes

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  • Indian Army organises a 2-day seminar on 'Impact of Disruptive Technologies on Our Fighting Philosophy in Future Conflicts'

  • Disruptive technologies like Cloud Computing, AI, Robotics, Big Data Analytics, Quantum Computing and cyber warfare were discussed thread bare

New Delhi: (Defence News) Acknowledging the decisive importance of disruptive technologies in future warfare, Indian Army has started taking steps execute a reality check on the matter. In the sai direction the Army organised a 2-days internal seminar on 'Impact of Disruptive Technologies on Our Fighting Philosophy in Future Conflicts' at Army War College, Mhow from August 24 to 25. General MM Naravane, the Chief of Army Staff attended the seminar on the concluding day. "Indian Armed Forces would have to pay adequate emphasis on the available disruptive technologies that have dual use and are being driven by commercial entities and innovations", he said in his remarks addressing the seminar. he also said that as part of Armed Forces' modernisation mission, there is a need for an overarching national mission to identify the needs and congruence of products into military applications. 

Moder day warfare has already undergone a sea change due to the emergence of new domains of warfare and disruptive technologies. There is a technology tsunami which is underway and it will compel militaries to reorganize and re-structure to fight future wars. Earlier, Defence Watch had reported that the Army is undertaking a major study headed by a senior Lt-General on such niche technologies, which range from drone swarms, robotics, lasers and loiter munitions to artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data analysis and algorithmic warfare.

The internal seminar was conducted as a webinar due to the COVID-19 restrictions, across 54 locations with 82 outstations spread across the length and breadth of the country.

Also read: Future warfare: Indian Army to study disruptive warfare technologies

The panelists of the seminar comprised subject matter experts’ including military, technocrats, academician and speakers from across the spectrum of specialists on the subject to deliberate on the relevant themes and crystallize ideas and develop them into formal papers and Doctrines. Lieutenant General Raj Shukla, GOC-in-C, ARTRAC commenced the proceedings with an incisive and eloquent key note address. Disruptive technologies like Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Robotics, Big Data Analytics, Cyber, Small Satellite, 5G/6G, Quantum Computing and cyber warfare were discussed thread bare during the event. The Seminar was a sounding board for the Indian Army on doctrinal and strategic issues of vital national importance and resulted in obtaining insight into complex themes.

The CoAS highlighted the impact of disruptive technologies in warfare and war fighting and emphasized that the current modernization drive was focused on upgrading existing weapon systems and platforms. The seminar was the first virtual initiative of its kind at such a large scale and the COAS complimented Army War College on the successful conduct of the seminar.

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