Friday, September 13, 2013


Thursday, 12 September 2013 | Pravin Sawhney
 | in Oped
Once India balances Pakistan’s TNWs with TNWs of its own, the next step should be to get the three defence service chiefs in the nuclear policy and execution loop. In the existing set-up, only the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee is in the nuclear execution loop; the other two service chiefs are outside the nuclear delivery chain which runs upwards from the Strategic Forces Command to the National Security Adviser through the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee. Moreover, each service headquarters should have a nuclear warfare cell to familiarise officers and all ranks with various aspects of a nuclear war. The Army, with boots on ground, not only needs assured anti-nuclear radiation equipment for its mechanised forces it also requires to understand the extent of disaster which will befall a battlefield hit by TNW. Thus, when senior officers opine that forces will zoom past a TNW devastated battlefield, and battles in other theatres will not be affected, they sound incredible.

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