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Info Warfare Agency for Armed Forces

In a bid to counter Pakistani propaganda as well as frame policies for cyber-wars, the armed forces have all plans to expand the ambit of Defence Intelligence Agency by setting up an information warfare agency under the tri-service Integrated Defence Staff headquarters. Designated as the Defence Information Warfare Agency (DIWA), it will provide the military’s inputs to the National Information Board being set up under National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra. DIWA will handle all aspects of information warfare, including psychological operations, cyberwar, electro-magnetic spectrum and soundwaves. While efforts have been made by the three services separately, DIWA will be the nodal agency that will make policies for all the three services as well as formulate counter-measures to enemy propaganda. While DIWA was to be headed by a three-star officer, it has now been placed under the operational control of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA). DIA has been angling to be the sole intelligence provider from the three services to the Government. Already holding stock of all technical intelligence gathering equipment, DIA was considered a logical choice to take charge of DIWA. So far, the three services have been grappling with information warfare independently. Full Story

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