By Nathan Cohn
Despite steady efforts toward developing ballistic missile defences (BMD), the purpose of India’s emerging capabilities remains obscure. Given the glacial pace of Indian strategic decision-making, New Delhi may not have decided what purpose BMD is to serve and where to deploy it. Even so, Pakistan’s military-planners have likely begun to consider potential responses. These decisions and their ramifications will be influenced by assumptions about the scope and mission of future Indian missile defences.
BMD is a stupid waste of resources and effort, be it by the Americans or Indians. These and most others are vulnerable to destruction, intrusion and blanketing by Anti-Satellite systems, ECM operations and exclusion by EMP blanketing. Each of the latter are relatively cheap and easy to create. The Indian strategic community needs to start looking out of the "American Box" being marketed by Sandia and high paying institutions tasked to nurture ideas amongst us that provide external entities effective control measures. Remember a few years ago the Army rejected the Brahmos because it failed the pin-point strike test in Pokharan?
Well subsequent investigation showed that the US had blinked its GPS system for a few seconds during the test flight!!! Do we have the resources to develop and deploy an autonomous Indian GPS navigation system to provide guaranteed support for our strategic and conventional weapons inventory, like Russia and China are in the process of doing? Can India guarantee successfully operating such a system during a conflict, which may directly or indirectly effect the national interests of one or more of the major powers? Why has the US been pressuring India to share its BMD development? Those formulating India's national strategies need to get answers to these and many more critical questions before following the paths marketed by foreign glossies.