India’s International Conference & Exposition on Military Communication





Corps of Signals, in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is organizing DEFCOM 2017 on 23-24 March 2017. Luminaries from Indian Industry, Academia, R&D Organisations and Defence services will assemble to analyse critical aspects for development of Information, Communications, Technology, Electronics and Cyber (ICTEC) infrastructure to meet the requirements of India’s Digital Army. The objective is to harness informed perspectives to weave a synergistic National Endeavour towards equipping our Defence Forces for Net Centric Warfare.




Digital Army Infrastructure and Skilled Human Resource.


Advances in communications and information systems today enable Shared Situational Awareness down to the forward edge of the battlefield and Collaborative Decision Making at all levels. This will result in a much faster tempo of operations in the digitized Tactical Battle Area. A ubiquitously available Information Grid with robust security and converged voice, video and data services for all fixed and mobile users needs to be developed indigenously. Sensors, Shooters and Decision Makers will need to be connected independent of platform/ service affiliations and geographical locations. Such networks must leverage evolving technologies especially broadband wireless technologies and provide reliable Information Security. The adaptation of Commercial technologies must result in infrastructure which provides flexibility in deployment and ease in configuration by suitably skilled human resource.



Technical Session 1:


Trends for India’s ‘Digital Army’ – An Operations Perspective


The faster pace of technology evolution and trends need to be harnessed for ICTEC infrastructure which is capable of transforming Information Superiority into Combat Power. Some issues are suggested below: -


  • Operational Exploitation of Handheld Mobile Devices.
  • Standardisation of ICT Infrastructure for seamless Tri-Service Integration.
  • Spectrum Management for Tactical Networks.
  • Analytics as a Force Multiplier for Digital Army.
  • Strategies to utilize Non-Army owned / commercial networks
  •  Applications of Internet of Things in the Tactical Battle Area.
  •  Operationalising Cloud Technologies for National C4I2SR architecture.
  •  Social Media based Information Operations across the Spectrum of Conflict.
  •  Defensive Information Operations for the Unified Battlespace.



Technical Session 2:


Global Trends in Communications – A Technology Perspective.


Commercial advancements offer shorter induction timeframes but challenges of survivability, reliability, robustness and resilience inimical to military requirements. These need to be addressed. Some concerns are: -


  • Cost Performance Analysis of Military Ruggedisation.
  • Optimising commercial IP Technologies for augmented efficiency in captive military networks.
  • Analytics and Big Data to Support Decision Making.
  • Exploiting COTS for Non-Conventional Operations.
  • COTS vis-à-vis Custom-Built – Challenges in Project Implementation
  • Harnessing Non-Military Technologies for Military Gains.
  •  Vulnerabilities of Open Standards vis-à-vis Customised solutions: An Operational  Perspective.
  •  Enabling Obsolescence Management of COTS through Fast Track Procurement of ICT.
  •  Procurement Strategies for COTS to enable subsequent indigenisation (Incremental Development).
  •  Spectrum and Bandwidth - Conservation and Efficiency of Usage.



Technical Session 3:


Satellite and Space Applications and Trends in Enhancement of Operational Security.  


Need to explore and exploit Satellite and Space applications for supporting Digital Battle Space and mitigation of passive, active and embedded threats to military networks and Cyber Security are increasingly relevant. Some vital areas are: -


  • Exploiting mobile communications based on Satellite On The Move (SOTM).
  • Techniques for Bandwidth optimization over Satellite Networks.
  • Security Imperatives – Transformation from GPS to Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS)
  • Need for Dedicated Army Satellite.
  •  Architecting Security Controls between Data Owning Organisations and Data Managing Administrators.
  • Operational Need and Feasibility of Multi-Layered Crypto Solutions for Tactical Networks.
  • Holistic Network Level Security for military systems.
  • Building Capture Resilience into Crypto Products.
  • Overcoming Challenges in Evaluation of Software Based Crypto products.




HR Session :


Skilling Human Capital and Re-Orienting Organisational Structures for Contemporary Battlefield Domain.   


Mitigating Information Overload for Decision Makers, defining technology thresholds for skilled configuration and operation of Information Systems and organizational re-orientation to enable seamless collaboration are emerging challenges for the Digital Army. Some areas are:-


  • Information Overload vis-à-vis speedy Decision Making – Training Models for requisite Leadership Transformation.
  • Induction Level Technology Thresholds.
  • Industry Participation in creation of Skilled Workforce for Digital Army.
  • Expertise Sharing in Army through Collaboration Tools.


  • Aligning Organisational Structures for a Future Digital Army.
  • Addressing Social Domain Challenges to Tri-Service Net-centricity.
  • Human Capital Challenges to Net Centricity: An Indian Perspective.
  • Leveraging Expert Skill Set of Civilian Work Force.