Offensive Defence

Defence secretary Dr Ajay Kumar: ‘COVID-19 has also offered several opportunities from defence perspective’

Defence secretary Dr Ajay Kumar speaks to Sushant Singh about challenges posed by Covid-19, the likely budget cuts and defence modernisation

What is the biggest challenge posed to the defence ministry by Covid-19 pandemic?
COVID-19 has been a cause of several concerns. But at the same time, it has also opened new opportunities.

To be operationally ready despite the constraints imposed by COVID-19 has been one of the biggest challenges faced by Armed Forces. And we can say proudly that Armed Forces have been able to do so with determination and careful planning. Our ships, airplanes and our land forces have remained operationally ready and have carried out the tasks assigned with success. New SOPs had to be developed regarding what could be done and what could not be done. It is heartening to note that the Armed Forces have prepared and implemented SOPs to ensure that the forces remain operationally ready and do not get paralysed by the pandemic.

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