(This was originally posted in News18)
Indian government’s Department of Military Affairs (DMA) is planning to send up to 100 personnel to US to train in the latest cybersecurity technology and artificial intelligence (AI). According to a report by Hindustan Times, the US, under the 2016 Cyber Framework and defence cooperation agreement, has offered to train up to 100 military personnel in Silicon Valley to give them first-hand experience on how to counter cyberwarfare and AI role in future defence and warfare.
Meanwhile, the possibility of the use of weaponised drones for terrorist activities against strategic and commercial assets calls for serious attention by the global community, India has told the UN General Assembly, a day after two explosives-laden drones crashed into the Indian Air Force (IAF) station at Jammu airport. A fresh attempt to attack a military installation with the help of drones was foiled by alert Army sentries at the Ratnuchak-Kaluchak station who fired at the unmanned aerial vehicles that flew away, an incident that came hours after an IAF station saw the first terror attack using quadcopters.
The first drone was spotted at around 11.45 pm on Sunday followed by another at 2.40 am over the military station, which witnessed a terror attack in 2002 in which 31 people were killed, including 10 children. The IAF attack is the first instance of suspected Pakistan-based terrorists deploying drones to strike at the country’s vital installations. “Today, misuse of information and communication technology such as internet and social media for terrorist propaganda, radicalisation and recruitment of cadre; misuse of new payment methods and crowdfunding platforms for financing of terrorism; and misuse of emerging technologies for terrorist purposes have emerged as the most serious threats of terrorism and will decide the counter-terrorism paradigm going forward, Special Secretary (Internal Security), Ministry of Home Affairs in the Government of India, V S K Kaumudi said.
Speaking at the Global scourge of terrorism: assessment of current threats and emerging trends for the new decade’, he said, another add-on to existing worries is the use of drones. “Being a low-cost option and easily available, utilisation of these aerial/sub-surface platforms for sinister purposes by terrorist groups such as intelligence collection, weapon/explosives delivery and targeted attacks have become an imminent danger and challenge for security agencies worldwide, he said at the 2nd High-Level Conference of the Head of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of the Member States in the General Assembly.