- Apr 17, 2009
The Cold Start decrease the time taken to launch operations i.e. a near zero mobilisation period.From what little that I have read about Cold Start, it certainly does not decrease the offensive operation, infact it increases. The platoons/small groups (What ever the army terms for it) would be mobilized at the border very quickly and attack in the given enemy targets with certain miles and to retreive back to the border.
The Cold Start would deliver the desired results, for example attacking the terror camps in Kashmir. But the real problem (again from what I have read) is it is good on paper, but our army is not capable yet in accomplishing the actual cold start senario. One example is after the Parliment attack, in the cold start senario we were to mobolize our army (including heavy equipment, tanks, etc...) within 7 to 15 days at the Pakistanie border, and we were incapable of doing that, and Pakistan got the upperhand on that whole fisaco.
Cold Start is a good viable solution to the problem for India, but the armed forces needs to better trained and equiped inorder to accomplishing this strategy.
It took immense time in Op Parikrama to mobilise where upon Pakistan got enough time to nudge the US and others to dissuade India.
Now, with this Doctrine in place, the initiative will with India and India can make a deep enough thrust and yet not cross the nuclear threshold.
It will be a wonder if it has to do with striking terror camps with the SF since mechanised columns cannot operate in mountainous terrain.
What the US is doing at will in NWFP against the Taliban is the answer for terror camps! Bigger Bang for the Buck!