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National security doctrine mooted

Three cheers: Beaming wives of Army officers holding the degree certificates of their husbands at the College of Defence Management in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

Three cheers: Beaming wives of Army officers holding the degree certificates of their husbands at the College of Defence Management in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar  

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Governor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, called for an integrated approach while considering national security by formulating long-term policies for political, economic, technological and social objectives.

Delivering the valedictory address at the 35th Long Defence Management Course at the College of Defence Management here on Saturday, he said that maintenance of peace and harmony call for balanced, fully prepared, alert and appropriately equipped forces to effectively thwart threats to our sovereignty.

Cautioning that the world was fraught with the dangers of asymmetric warfare gaining ascendancy over conventional warfare, Mr. Shinde stressed the need for concerted effort to evolve dynamic, yet unilateral net-centric responses in tackling asymmetric warfare in the global context.

Referring to the spectre of terrorism and proxy war, he said the need of the hour was to shape the environment by effective media interface and garnering the strength of media to act as a force multiplier in assisting security forces rather than evolve as deterrence.

Given the challenges of asymmetric environment, he said, the only ones who survive are "change leaders." A change leader sees change as a window of opportunity, anticipates change, looks for it, knows how to find the right changes and takes necessary steps to make change effective, both inside and outside the organisation. "The future of the Indian Nation-State and its security, internal as well as external, has to be viewed in the context of change-drivers."

He said the optimum utilisation of resources, a key ingredient for effective management at all levels, was extremely important for a developing country like India.

In his opening remarks, the College's Commandant, Rear Admiral, V. Balachandran, gave an overview of the course. As many as 90 defence personnel of the rank of Colonel and equivalent from other two services and paramilitary organisations, including an officer from Sri Lanka, participated in the course.

The Governor later distributed degrees and trophies to the participants. Col. A. Krishnan bagged the Chief of the Army Staff Integration Trophy for the best all-round performance and Master of Management Studies (MMS) trophy for standing first. Capt. (IN) A. Bhandari, was awarded the Commandant's Trophy for the best case study and Col.J.B. Khadilkar won the Commandant's Trophy for Best Dissertation.

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