|Early Times Report|
Jammu, May 21: Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) J&K Regional Branch organized a lecture on "Lecture on "India's Preparedness to Counter Unconventional Warfare Threats/Challenges" which was delivered by Dr Sudershan Kumar, Former Director General DRDO, Ministry of Defence, GOI. Dr S.S.Bloeria, IAS (Retd) Former Chief Secretary J&K was the Guest of Honor while Dr. Ashok Bhan, IPS (Retd) Former DGP presided over the function. Tracing back the historical legacy on unconventional warfare, Dr. Kumar highlighted the new millennium threats which include CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear), Cyber, Space and Energy security. Deliberating on India's preparedness, keeping in view the threat scenario in South Asia, he said that these threats can be countered by developing indigenous innovative technologies. He said that in future, defence capability development will be more complex and that consortium approach for identifying threats in different areas, forecasting technologies, and development and production has to be evolved. Dr S.S.Bloeria, IAS (Retd) in his address said that conventional means will always remain important and therefore conventional capabilities should be strengthened. He emphasized on the power of human factor and said that enduring peace can only be achieved by looking into social and cultural factors as well. According to Dr. Bloeria, it is important to avoid conflict trap and a policy of perception & media management will play a critical role in the future.