…As Retired General Charged Armed Forces On War Without Guns
BY ISAIAH BRNJAMIN, Kaduna
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Thursday matriculated 360 Cadets for the 2017/2018 academic session who are Officer Cadets of the 69 Regular Course.
This is just as the first Multi-National Joint Task Force Commander in the North-East, Brigadier General Jonathan Temlong, (Rtd.) has charged members of the armed forces to be prepared for war without guns.
General Temlong who was Guest of Honour at the matriculation ceremony, said the future of warfare will be a practical departure from the current knowledge to cyber warfare, where a country can be grounded without firing a single shot.
While challenging members of the armed forces to be prepared for the envisaged future of warfare, General Temlong commended the NDA for taking the right step of introducing Department of Cyber Warfare.
According to him, “I think the academy has taken the bull by the horn because they have just started a department of cyber warfare. In the future you find out that cyber warfare will take a chunk.
“You will have a situation where a whole country can be grounded, sitting in an office without even firing a single shot. The next warfare will be more Information Technology (IT) driven than physical force fighting.
“NDA has done a great job by being proactive on envisaging what future of war is going to be all about. This will compliment what the services are doing and even the nation as a whole, because it requires to harness the elements of national power, to start looking futuristic and see how warfare is going to be in future.
“We must look at, survival of a country, survival of mankind in IT driven world.
Because, even with a hand-held telephone, you can actually do a lot of havoc to others. So, I think NDA is doing a very great job in that regard” he said.
Earlier in his inaugural lecture, the Commandant of the academy, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade charged the Officer Cadets to see their admission as a golden opportunity to serve their fatherland, especially as only a few of the 7,000 who applied for admission into the academy were successful.
He said only courage, hard work and dedication can see them through their academic and military training, as well as a successful career in the armed forces.