Sunday, April 10, 2016

Military Capability – Hardware “Software” and “Skinware”

MILITARY PROWESS – Hardware Software and Skinware
Musings of a Veteran

The Military Capability of a nation is dependent on 3 key ingredients:

1. Hardware

2. “Software”

3. “Skinware”

MILITARY HARDWARE comprises weapons, equipment, ordnance, platforms (ships/submarines/aircraft/space based platforms) etc – and is a technology governed qualitative and quantitative component – depending on the “high-tech” quality and quantity of military equipment.

Military Hardware is a tangible factor – and – the Military Hardware and Technologies of a nation are well known.

MILITARY “SOFTWARE” refers to the War-Fighting “System” – the operational doctrine, strategy and tactics and the organizational management aspects like Rules/Regulations, HR and Training Policies etc.

Military “Software” comprises both tangible (documented) and intangible (experiential) aspects.

MILITARY “SKINWARE” comprises the Human Resource Element – of course – the men and women in uniform (Officers and Soldiers/Sailors/Airmen) – but also the Bureaucracy and various Civilians who provide support to the Armed Forces – and – most importantly – the Political Leadership which governs the entire gamut of Defence Services and Security Machinery.

Of course – “numbers” can be quantified – a nation may boast of the numerical strength of its Army, Navy and Air Force.

But – the vital characteristic of Military “Skinware” are intangible aspects comprising indefinable “hard to quantify” factors like morale, leadership quality, ideology, motivation, inspiration, welfare/care of servicemen and military veterans etc. 


A nation must develop its Military Capability in a holistic manner – giving due importance to all 3 aspects – Hardware, “Software” and “Skinware” – in a balanced and harmonious manner.

Dear Reader: Do you agree?

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