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CAPS hosts 11th Subroto Mukerjee seminar

India Blooms News Service | | 12 Nov 2014, 11:18 pm
New Delhi, Nov 12 (IBNS) : The Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) organised the 11th Subroto Mukerjee seminar on the Nov 11 and 12.
The two-day seminar was based on the theme, “The Challenge of Air Power.” 
The highlights of the second day included: emphasis on ethos building in the armed forces, relevance of human resource training, geostrategic significance of the Indian Ocean Region and role of the IAF therein, nuclear strategies of China / Pakistan, India’s response to regional nuclear threats and capital intensive importance of firepower.
The second day of the seminar was divided into two sessions. 
The theme for the first session was “The Importance of the Unsung.” Air Marshal LK Malhotra AVSM VSM (Retd), Distinguished Fellow, CAPS, chaired the session. The chair laid emphasis on ethos building, its need and integration in the formal training of defence personnel. The key panelists were: Air Vice Marshal Amit Aneja AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd) and Gp Capt Samir Chabra CPCO, 12 BRD. 
AVM Amit Aneja spoke on the relevance of human resource training and also its utmost significance in operations. 
While underlining leadership as an intangible quality in the human resource, he said, “It’s easy to make a professional officer but the difficult step is how you make an inspired soldier.” 
Gp Capt Samir Chabra made a presentation on “Good Logistics: The Lynchpin of Operations,” where he discussed in depth logistics engineering and management as key to success of operations. 
The theme of the second session was, “The Future.” Air Marshal VK Bhatia PVSM AVSM VrC (Former AOC-in-C WAC, SWAC, CAC) chaired the session. The key panelists were: Dr Manpreet Sethi, Senior Fellow, CAPS, Air Marshal R K Dhir AVSM VM SASO, HQ SAC, Air Marshal NV Tyagi PVSM AVSM VM VSM (Retd), Fellow, CAPS. 
Manpreet Sethi spoke on the emerging nuclear & missile capabilities of China and Pakistan. 
Air Marshal R K Dhir spoke on the challenge of the Indian Ocean Region for the Indian Air Force. 
Air Marshal NV Tyagi made a presentation on “Core Competencies: Firepower v/s Budgeting.”
The chair began with present developments in Iran and Syria and thereafter elaborated on the new application of Air Power in the upcoming scenarios. 
Sethi analysed the nuclear strategies of China and Pakistan, followed by the present trends in the missile capabilities build-up in the region. 
She also elaborated on the challenges faced by India. According to Sethi, the focus of Chinese missile capabilities is on the missile’s quality rather than the number of nuclear weapons. 
The emphasis is on the survivability, penetrability against BMD, and other means of asymmetric warfare like Cyber War.
While speaking on Pakistan’s nuclear profile, she said that the country deliberately projects uncertain behavior to heighten nuclear danger. 
Later on, while discussing India’s response, she said that India should keep the following factors in mind: increasing numbers in missiles by Pakistan and China, a rethink on BMD, increasing accuracies in China and Pakistan’s missiles which can put survivability of Indian nuclear assets in danger, growing ambiguities in terms of dual use of missiles by both the countries and to reinforce wisdom of no first use.
Air Marshal R K Dhir spoke on the challenge of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) for IAF. 
The speaker highlighted the geostrategic significance of IOR for India and China. 
Air Marshal NV Tyagi emphasised on the importance of firepower, however, it is capital intensive, more so for the aerial assets and how budget is a sensitive issue for defence.  
The valedictory address was given by Air Marshal K K Nohwar PVSM VM  (Retd), Additional Director General, CAPS. Air Marshal Nohwar discussed the salient points of the two-day seminar.