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Chief of Defence Staff



  Jun 22, 2024

Chief of Defence Staff


 
JOINT DOCTRINE FOR CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS: A NEW MILESTONE FOR INDIA

Understanding the New Doctrine

What is the Doctrine?

The joint doctrine for cyberspace operations, released by Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan, serves as a comprehensive guide for the Indian armed forces to conduct operations in the increasingly crucial and complex domain of cyberspace.

Importance of the Doctrine

1. Global Common: Unlike traditional warfare domains with territorial limits, cyberspace is a global common with shared sovereignty. This makes coordinated and unified strategies essential.
2. National Security Integration: The doctrine emphasizes integrating cyberspace operations into the national security framework, ensuring that actions in cyberspace align with broader national security objectives.

Key Objectives

1. Guiding Commanders: The doctrine provides a framework for commanders to conduct cyberspace operations effectively, addressing the unique challenges of this domain.
2. Evolving Strategies: It focuses on evolving the ‘ends,’ ‘ways,’ and ‘means’ necessary to create strategic advantages and influence events across all operational environments and instruments of power.

Strategic Implications

1. Enhanced Coordination: The doctrine aims to enhance coordination among the different branches of the armed forces in cyberspace operations.
2. Operational Integration: It seeks to integrate cyberspace operations with other military and national security operations, ensuring a unified approach to modern warfare.
3. Impact on National Security: Hostile actions in cyberspace could impact the nation’s economy, cohesion, political decision-making, and ability to defend itself.

Challenges and Opportunities

1. Early Stages:
India is still in the early stages of developing comprehensive capabilities in cyberspace operations and jointness.
2. Building Capabilities:
Exercises like ‘Cyber Suraksha – 2024’ demonstrate ongoing efforts to enhance cyber defense capabilities and promote synergy among stakeholders.

Conclusion

The release of India’s first joint doctrine for cyberspace operations marks a significant step in addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by cyberspace in modern warfare. By providing a comprehensive framework for conducting these operations, the doctrine aims to strengthen national security and enhance the strategic capabilities of the Indian armed forces in the global cyber domain.


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