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JJ Calls for International Effort to Meet Google Earth Threat

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New Delhi, Apr 3 (UNI) Conceding that website Google Earth's depiction of sensitive and strategic Indian defence installations threatened national security, Army Chief Gen JJ Singh today called for a concerted international effort to meet the challenge.

''It can enable an adversary to obtain the broad parameters of our installations for targetting... even if he has no access to defence satellites,'' the Army Chief pointed out to newspersons on the sidelines of an industry-defence seminar here.

Depiction of key Indian defence installations -- including strategic air bases -- on the Internet through the 'Google Earth' facility had recently raised fears about the security and safety of these key locations. President APJ Abdul Kalam, too, had expressed concern in this regard.

When asked what steps the Army was taking to meet the threat, Gen Singh observed that while obvious precautions were being taken at home it was more important for the international community to take note of the development and act concertedly.

''It is equally applicable to all countries... it needs a universal effort... not just one or two countries....'' However, the Army Chief also noted that the Army's Doctrine also envisaged some measures to contain such eventualities.

''The Doctrine talks about warfighting in a modern battle-field which is characterised by extreme transparencies and an adversary's ability to see us,'' he said.

UNI DG/VD LS BD1859

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