Hooda panel recommends creation of specialised information warfare units, restructuring of military intelligence

Last Updated: December 31, 2018

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Hooda panel recommends creation of specialised information warfare units, restructuring of military intelligence
31 December 2018 Current Affairs: A single-member Hooda panel, set up by the Defence Ministry and the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) recommended the creation of new specialized units for information warfare in areas where the counter-insurgency operations are being conducted.
The panel which was set up by the government based on the recommendation of Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra about five months ago was headed by former Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General (retired) DS Hooda who had overseen the surgical strikes conducted across the Line of Control (LoC) in 2016.
He has recommended that the Army should set up the specialized information warfare units on an experimental basis and evolve them as per the output received from their operations besides restructuring of the cyber warfare operations.
It has recommended that the Army and the Air Force should sort out their issues such as the ownership of attack helicopter and utilization of air defense assets which are common for both the services.
He has also suggested scaling down the size of regular Army by about 20 percent and instead, having a reserve Army which can be called upon for war-fighting in case of conflicts.

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