Monday, November 23, 2015

DEFCOM India - 2015

DEFCOM 2015 conducted over a period of two days i.e. on 23 & 24 Nov 2015 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Eminent speakers from Defence Forces, Industry and Academia and  R & D Organisations participated in the various technical sessions.

The Seminar was inaugurated by the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar. The Seminar is an annual event jointly organized by Corps of Signals (Indian Army) and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). It is aimed at fostering synergy between the Armed Forces and practitioners of Information Communication Technology Electronics and Cyber (ICTEC) in Industry. The 2015 edition of DEFCOM was themed on “Leveraging ICTEC Infrastructure and harnessing the Human Capital for Digital Army”.

The Indian Army has been in the forefront of adapting commercial technologies for delivering state of the art ICTEC infrastructure to its field formations. Corps of Signals has been stimulating meaningful and focused discussions through the forum of DEFCOM over the years. The Seminar presents an ideal platform for all participants to understand each other’s capabilities and needs in the ICTEC fields, synergise their efforts and emerge with a pragmatic way forward.

The Seminar comprised of four scheduled sessions. The seminar-cum-exhibition is also providing a unique opportunity for display of latest State of the Art Communication Systems by the National and International Industry. In the past, this Seminar has led to absorptions of latest technologies by Indian Army in terms of its Communications and IT projects.

Defence Minister inaugurates DEFCOM-2015 

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has stressed the need to enhance the Information, Communications, Technology, Electronics and Cyber (ICTEC) infrastructure capabilities of the Indian Army to ensure protection from disruptive cyber-attacks and manipulations. Addressing the inaugural function of the two day long DEFCOM-2015 here today, Shri Parrikar said, while we progress through the use of ICTEC and make the army more digitalised, the other danger is disruption by the adversaries. “My worry is information black out which can result out of disruptive mechanisms” he said. The minister said that the future wars may be in the form of cyber wars but he strongly felt that the conventional armies cannot be replaced and should be equipped by providing them the information to fight in a well decided, equipped and planned manner. Describing India as source of human intelligence he said, we have been in the forefront of software development and now there is a need to go into better hardware designing and integration in our streams.

Lt. Gen Nitin Kohli, Signal Officer-in-Chief and Colonel Commandant Corps of Signal in his speech said the Indian Army is moving towards net centricity and is implementing a large number of communications and information technology projects. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Director General, Shri Chandrajit Banerjee and CII Chairman, Shri Kiran Karnik also spoke on the occasion.

The DEFCOM-2015 is jointly conducted by the Corps of Signal (Indian Army) and CII under the theme “leveraging ICTEC Infrastructure and Harnessing the Human Capital for Digital Army”. The event presents an ideal platform for all participants to understand each other’s capabilities and needs in ICTEC field, synergise their efforts and emerge with a pragmatic way forward.

The Defence Minister also inaugurated an exhibition of leading edge equipment by over fifty manufacturers of Indian and International Industry at the venue.

The function was attended by the Chief of the Army Staff General Dalbir Singh, Senior Army Officers, distinguished speakers and luminaries from Indian Industry, Academia and R&D organisations.

Government Committed to Enhance Indigenisation and Indigenous Content in the Defence Sector: Shri Manohar Parrikar, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri

Shri Manohar Parrikar, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri said that our efforts are towards enhancing indigenization & indigenous content in the defence sector while inaugurating DEFCOM 2015 co-organised by Confederation of Indian Industry and Corps of Signals Indian Army at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 23 November 2015. New DPP will reflect this intent of the Government. He further said that Indian army should make use of the digital advantage created by recent policy initiatives. Due to information overload, finding right information & at the right time is like finding a needle in a haystack. We need to leverage our software strength and enhance our capabilities in hardware design and manufacture.

Future wars may be cyber wars. He added that despite ICT advancements in the area of Defence, conventional army cannot be replaced but can be equipped with technology and more advanced and authentic information. He shared that while benefits of ICT developments should be leveraged, there needs to be caution about the disruptive nature of technology and also the data & network security related issues associated with it.

Hon’ble Minister also congratulated CII for being in the forefront of Make in India initiative and helping with the revision of Defence Procurement Procedure. He said Government is looking at using more of indigenously developed products for Defence usage.

Mr Kiran Karnik said that over last two decades we have seen how ICT sector has evolved in India. The sector accounts for 1 million direct jobs and addition 1 million indirect jobs. Defence area is very critical for the use of ICT as the increased use of ICT brings along challenges pertaining to cyber security. DEFCOM 2015 provides a platform for bringing Defence & ICT capabilities together to address the issue of Cyber Security in all respect. He also highlighted the need to create an institutional mechanism though which industry can use of talent available in the Indian Army after post their retirement.

Lt Gen Nitin Kohli, Signal Officer-in-Chief and Colonel Commandant, Corps of Signals, Indian Army said that we our aim is to provide information access to everyone about the independent systems like sensor and shooters from across the platforms on real time basis. DEFCOM brings end-users and Industry together to discuss developments and technological advancements and innovations. Highlighting various benefits of Network Centric Warfare, he enunciated the vision of having a Digital Army leveraging ICT and human capital.

Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII said that the ongoing rapid pace of policy reforms has created positive business sentiments within the country as well as overseas. Now the onus lies on the industry to make use of the opportunities and the favourable policy regimes. While leveraging the strength of Indian industry, we have to create more capabilities in the electronics and hardware manufacturing. There is an undeniable necessity in enhancing the indigenous content of our defence related hardware.

Maj Gen R Sabherwal, ADG, Tac C, Indian Army, while thanking all dignitaries and Hon’ble Minister, highlighted the relevance of DEFCOM and the focused discussions it is hoping to have to make Digital Army a reality.

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