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BSEC 2008: Welcome Message From India’s Former Army Chief
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BSEC 2008: Welcome Message From India’s Former Army Chief

Date Added: August 26, 2008 01:31:28 PM
Author: Informa
Category: Business: Aerospace and Defense

MAY 2008, NEW DELHI: Geo-politically and strategically, India enjoys a unique centrality in the security zone of South Asia. Its 3.1 million square kilometers territory has land borders with six countries, covering approximately 15500 kilometers. It has special ties with each of her neighbours: of ethnicity, language, culture, common historical experience, or of shared access to and dependence upon vital natural resources. Although there are no serious boundary problems with neighbours other than China and Pakistan, there are many border issues like trans-border secessionists’ sanctuaries, terrorism, immigration, gun-running and narcotics, which affect regional security. Political unrests and terrorism in the neighbourhood also has security implications for India as such unrests have a history of crossing national borders leading to inter-state tensions. Under these circumstances, extended length of the border and difficult terrain that comprises desert, low medium and high mountains, primary and secondary jungles, marshy and riverine plains, make border security a mandatory as well as a complex challenge for all those involved in this mission. Border security management requires not only clear and unambiguous policies but also effective means and measures to implement them. On the ground, it has several dimensions that continue to expand; not only in physical terms but in abstract form as well. Such an environment makes heavy demands on the quantity and quality of forces and resources required for accomplishing their operational task. Excessive manpower has limitations in its application, in terms of time, and space. Manpower is also very expensive to maintain. We, therefore, have to rely on an appropriate combination of human and technological means to function in extended, elastic and increasingly transparent operational situations. Today, technologies in electronics, sensors, micro processors, aviation and robotics have the capability to upgrade and extend the reach of border surveillance and security; make it more effective and reduce manpower requirements substantially. In military jargon, whatever contributes towards this objective is a force multiplier. Force multipliers cover a range of capabilities – from all weather, round the clock surveillance, real time imagery and seamless communication to innovative leadership techniques. These new systems also generate greater speed and fluidity of information flow and promote a fast, responsive and effective decision making process. Border Security International Exhibition (BSEC) 2008, scheduled to be held in India Expo Centre, Greater Noida (New Delhi) on November 6 – 8, 2008 will showcase the latest innovations from international and Indian intelligence software system contractors, system integrators, ISR and other border security solution providers. The BSEC team are also organising a Leadership Summit on this important subject which will facilitate high level networking and information exchange. This, I believe, will be a great opportunity for all stakeholders to further improve their knowledge and upgrade mission requirements. For more information on BSEC 2008, visit: ABOUT IDSA: IDSA, ranked amongst the world’s top 30 think tanks, was established by the Indian Ministry of Defence in 1965. It is considered to be the premier strategic and security studies think tank in India, and over the years has enlarged its focus of research from defence studies to cover issues of national and international security. The Indian Parliament's Standing Committee on Defence, frequently utilises the expertise of the Institute and, its well-qualified, multi-disciplinary research faculty of over 50 scholars that are drawn from academia, defence forces and the civil services. For more information about IDSA, please visit ABOUT INFORMA: With hundreds of highly respected companies including some of the world’s biggest information brands - Lloyd’s MIU, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Datamonitor, IIR, IBC, Euroforum, Huthwaite, Washington Policy & Analysis and many others – Informa plc, the world’s largest professional media and specialist information firm, is present in over 70 countries and publishes over 45,000 book titles; delivers over 2,000 subscription-based services and produces over 12,000 events every year. Informa’s events business includes global B2B and B2C mega-shows such as 3GSM, Cityscape, IPEX, The Monaco Yacht Show, The Bride Show, and the world’s largest series of business leadership events, the most recent speakers at which included Kofi Annan, Richard Branson, Steve Forbes and Philip Kotler. For more information about Informa, please visit Informa India A202 Business Square Solitaire Corporate Park Andheri-Kurla Road Chakala, Andheri East Mumbai 400093 India e-mail: website:
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