July 20, 2017
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Combat warriors
Special Forces modernization

To end the multiplicity of types of equipment with the many ‘Special Forces’ that exist in India today, the only way, it appears that this can be done is by creating the Special Forces Command that has been suggested some time ago. The first priority of such a command should be a review of the inventories of each and every one of the Special Forces. It should then and evolve a measure of commonality in equipment so that national interest is served by the efficient use of the weapon in hand matched by proficiency induced by constant practice rather than the reputation of the weapon when used by foreign Special Forces.

A case in point is the rush of India to buy the M-4 assault rifle that was used by the US Navy SEALs to kill Osama bin Laden in is Abbottabad hideout. The rationale: It is more accurate. Giving no thought to the fact that the man behind the gun had trained to shoot for the head for months if not for years. This kind of kneejerk procurement must be carefully examined by the Comptroller and Auditor General and the practice clipped in the bud.

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