Broad Guiding Principles
Against the backdrop of this Vision Statement, it is necessary for us to be guided by certain broad principles which will help us focus on some navigational marks along our charted course.
Safeguarding National Interests We shall attempt to promote an environment of peace and tranquility in the IOR to further India’s political, economic, diplomatic and military objectives. We will deter war through strength but if deterrence fails, we must strive to achieve victory over the adversary by our reach and firepower.
Full Spectrum Capability The Navy expects to operate across the full spectrum of conflict from LIMO to conventional war fighting to nuclear deterrence. Our force planning process will therefore take into account the ‘effects’ that are required to be delivered in all three dimensions in order to accomplish Navy’s roles and missions.
Conceptual Frameworks The quality and depth of intellectual endeavours has a substantial impact on combat effectiveness. We will strive to foster strategic organisation and processes. Having resolutely embarked on the path to indigenisation of hardware, we must show the same resolve in devoting sufficient intellectual assets in a sustained manner to ensure that evolution of our concepts and doctrines keeps pace with weapon and sensor inductions. We will promote durable methodologies to absorb operational lessons.
Management of Change Nothing about the future can be certain except that it will bring change. However, the intrinsic resistance to change makes it very difficult to bring it about and hence there is always a serious risk of modern hardware being neutralised by obsolescence in our thinking. Therefore, the Navy ‘transformation’ becomes a welcome and continuing process as demanded of the rapidly changing environment.
Maritime Cooperation Maintaining a high degree of combat readiness must remain an article of faith with us and we must train to operate across the full spectrum of conflict. The peacetime environment will however, require us to function mostly at the benign end of this spectrum. The importance of such roles must not be minimised or overlooked. Tasks such as maritime cooperation and humanitarian aid must be undertaken with alacrity bearing in mind that the Navy acts in these roles, very much as an instrument of state policy.
Development of Human Resources The Navy’s experience of the past 60 years has clearly demonstrated that it is our human resources – the leadership as well as the rank and file – whose professional skills, ingenuity and initiative will be instrumental in the fulfillment of this maritime vision. Therefore, the selection, training, and indoctrination of our personnel both service and civilian will need to keep pace with technology upgrades, thus requiring the Navy’s special attention at all times. We will strive to enhance the attractiveness of the Navy as a career, improve our working environment and maximise professional satisfaction at the individual level.
Material and Logistic It will be our endeavor to constantly reinvigorate our technical practices, maintenance philosophies and technology induction programs. This will encompass harnessing modern trends in design, production and maintenance of platforms. We will also gear up our logistics management system for sustaining and supporting our forces under all situations. This will entail incorporating best practices of corporate and fiscal management.
Well Being of the Naval Community The attainment of this vision demands that the Navy should take a holistic approach to human resource management. The objective is not only to effectively harness the potential of our personnel for operational purposes, but also to maintain their motivation levels and morale at a high pitch. This will require the Naval leadership to devote adequate time, attention and resources for the well being of the Naval community, and for ensuring a good quality of life. We must always remember the substantial civilian component of this community.
Having outlined this vision, its accomplishment will be dependent on management of change. It will be necessary to realign our strategies with the anticipated future environment. We will strive to remain on track by undertaking regular introspection, honest debates and audits, and thereafter applying course corrections as necessary