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New domains of conflict and war emerging: DRDO chief

Security challenges are going beyond traditional domains of land, sea and air and new forms of conflict and war are emerging, chief of DRDO Avinash Chander said on Tuesday.



New Delhi: Security challenges are going beyond traditional domains of land, sea and air and new forms of conflict and war are emerging, chief of DRDO Avinash Chander said on Tuesday.

Delivering the 27th Intelligence Bureau centenary endowment lecture, the Defence Research and Development Organisation chief said the space which has become a dominant force in people's day-to-day life, cyber space which is governing every activity has proved to be a boon and threat simultaneously.

"Underwater area is emerging to be a new area of conflict because of resource control, unmanned warfare will change the way the wars are fought and the way the security challenges are going to be handled," he said.

Chander said asymmetric warfare, guerrilla tactics, internal insurgencies sponsored by external forces has been traditionally a practice all over the world for thousands of years and "it is being refined more and more today by our adversaries."

"These challenges also give us an opportunity to play a leading role as a stabilising force in this region if we can find solutions to these challenges and come out stronger and that is where the harnessing of our intelligence, the process of information control becomes vital," he said.

The DRDO chief said technology in a way has revolutionised the mere genesis of intelligence, with it being a critical enabler in every phase of the intelligence cycle--information gathering, information analysis and information dissemination to decision makers.

"The impact of technology has not only revolutionised the traditional means of intelligence such as the human intelligence but has also opened new disciplines such as signals intelligence, geospatial intelligence, imagery intelligence, cyber intelligence and measurement and signature intelligence," he said.

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