Singha wrote:imo F G H class should go dark and off the grid. there is no need to keep naming them and making public figures out of them.
in SF units sometimes the place of action is not mentioned or fudged in gallantry awards, likewise no need to make merit and award lists public , just reward them very handsomely with cash awards for the work done and keep it quiet.
for example I believe the BARC exercises far greater dark ops than similar senior figures in DRDO. we dont have any indication in public domain who in barc works on weapons projects.
the public face for dealing with MSM etc should be 3 levels down from the top in E class. kind of like sending E-boats to skirmish with enemy units while Bismark, prinz Eugen and Tirpitz sail quietly through the greenland gap into the north atlantic.
some will not like it, some will want to be public stars, then clearly classified projects is not for them......from E class itself the ones who are willing to drop off the grid should be identified and the rest reassigned to other productive non-classified work like food laboratories and such.
Such is the nature of the game.
also the media needs to be kicked out of balasore and not given any form of access to top scientists. there is no need to grant interviews unless a particular message need to be sent out and then keep it brief.
singha agree completely.
you see what you say was the history of the IGMP , various electronics programs etc.
you remember how hard it was to even get a single news clip on some of our missiles etc?
then the media attacks orchestrated by UPA insiders/arms vendors got out control.
in particular stinker dupatta's hatchet job carried out by that grade A tw!t aroor who would gladly do anything to get ahead.
DRDO expected MOD would speak out on its behalf. instead they got silence.
it was then they realized that the UPA establishment was "in" on this game & was using the media to trim DRDO et al's feathers. no coincidence that things became so bad, that then SA publicly asked for funds at Aero India. The same CAS who incidentally would figure in Siachen Track-2, cutting Akash squadron orders to 2 squadrons (from 30, to 8 and then 2) and the AW imbroglio, went on to publicly ask that funds for domestic R&D should be curtailed.
so when VKS came in, he realized this was a war of perception & decided to heck with it, DRDO would be open about all it did.
it went a long way in countering the vested propaganda that Indian R&D were only doing reverse engineering, were good for nothing people etc but it also revealed a lot of stuff which should not have been revealed.
our BMD program for instance was DRDO's crown jewel. it should have not been talked about. imagine if this had been secretly tested and deployed with no TSP or PRC folks publicly aware. even with spies, they would have been unsure. our protective capabilities would have been enhanced 10x, with the limited number of nukes TSP fields neutralized or at least countered to a degree in secrecy.
instead it was made public, since MOD would not openly defend the DRDO & a gent who went onto become a state leader was part & parcel of the efforts to use the media for the UPA's own needs. certain elements in the the services were egged on & the media routinely started publishing vituperative leaks so saraswat & co decided to go the whole hog, be as public as possible and invite the brass, media to all the tests.
what should have been/could have been a cutting edge, black ops program with a huge strategic gain became public.
It happened much the same way with VK Singh. Same organization used to attack him and used for coup this, coup that. again UPA insiders who wanted him out.
In the same manner, a lot of stuff which is open know was best left with only top line details in secrecy.
Instead, since the MOD was at loggerheads with its own people, playing & picking favorites, national objectives suffered. All this happened while modern day Neros MMS and St looked the other way.
Unfortunately, the BJP which was expected to be more aware of these things has jumped into this snakepit with both feet in & no clue. On the plus side, Jaitley increased funding. But..he also demonstrated how firmly he was in the grips of babu speak when he said the org was funded ok all this time. As if..
One month in, and already being more MOD than required, speakign the same language of his predecessors.
The BJP govt is inheriting organizations which feel targeted by their own people & filled with people who expect a bit more support at least.
not radical changes perhaps but the occasional "We are with you sort of sentiment" that the soldier on the border is overjoyed with, when some bigwig appears and lends an ear to his concerns. that sort of support percolates down.
hard nosed decisions about tech cells, coop with services, long term funding & planning. instead, we have reports of the DM going to arms shows and asking qns which should be addressed by him with far more seriousness.
so far, the new DM does not seem to have got that.
yelling at people and browbeating them is one thing, but that won't improve things. institution building after what they have been through over the past decade is not going to be easy. but that is exactly why the BJP et al were elected. i for one, expect more of them & hope they get things done. otherwise, OIS types will continue to make hay.