SETTING A NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY AGENDA FOR THE INCOMING BUHARI ADMINISTRATION

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG
24 May, 2015

General Muhammadu Buhari, President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

TERMS OF REFERENCE

* TRAINING, DOCTRINE AND ORBAT

– Adjustments to doctrine

– Thrust of national DEFSEC policy

– Content and thrust of local training

– Foreign training partnershiips for conventional and special operations

– Triservice training

– Desirability or otherwise of PMC training

* HARDWARE PROVISIONING

– Domestication of an armaments industry; why and wherefore plus any usable templates to be followed

– Hardware requirements for conventional and asymmetric operations

– What to produce locally and what to import (be realistic knowing the fact we have a war ongoing and that DICON barely manufacture mortars)

– How to fund local defence production, local synergies possible for the emplacement of a local military industrial complex

– How to navigate around the threat posed by arms embargoes on Nigeria’s DEFSEC forces

– Shortfalls in hardware exposed by ongoing counterinsurgency and counterpiracy operations

* SECURITY FORCES AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES

– Refocusing the Police Counter Terrorist Unit, Police Mobile Force and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for greater effectiveness in counterinsurgency operations

– Roles of the Customs and Immigration Services in the ongoing
counterinsurgency operations

– Enhanced and proactive intelligence gathering, which way forward?

– Harnessing and efficiently acting on the efforts of the intelligence gathering efforts of defence and security forces in Nigeria

– DEFSEC-citizens’ collaboration for effective intelligence collaboration

* INFORMATION DELIVERY AND SOFT POWER

– Managing public perceptions and requisite tools for modern information management

– Possible synergies for enhanced management of information and perceptions

– Scope of Civil-Military relations

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79 Responses to SETTING A NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY AGENDA FOR THE INCOMING BUHARI ADMINISTRATION

  1. Trigger says:

    I just hope he gets sound advice during his tenure.

  2. Naijaseal says:

    Beegs,

    You are a patriot indeed.

    Irrespective of who we supported during the elections, our ultimate loyalty remains to the FRN. Let us join hands to move this nation forward. Looking forward to hearing from the experts.

    God bless Nigeria.

  3. Alibo says:

    Excellent presentation. But would he and his soon to be appointed Minister of Defence understand and appreciate this? As for the current top brass, this is understandable to them but they need serious reorientation back to a professional armed forces and not chop make I chop. Well done Beegeagle.

    • beegeagle says:

      Thank you, brother. Glad you liked and understood the guidelines

      @NaijaSeal. Thanks. Waiting for inputs like you are

      @CHYNEDOO. You have started off very nicely. Setting the tone on in your characteristically lucid way

  4. chynedoo says:

    The new govt should turn Dicon into the military’s R&D agency saddled with multiple roles such as:
    -Conducting scientific research on modern warfare requirements of the military
    -Testing, selecting and recommending weapons systems for the services
    -Recruitment of the best scientists and engineers in Nigeria for this purpose
    -Lead scientific development of weapons systems for NA, Airforce and Navy
    -Develop blueprints for modifications of stocks in the services inventory to meet short and long term needs
    -Dicon should focus on R&D only but able to manufacture prototypes of developed hardware in-house

    The next phase:
    -Govt should go into PPP with willing local investors to develop capabilities to meet the short term needs of the military
    -The govt’s role in any PPP should be limited to providing requisite infrastructure, tax incentives, provision of loan guarantees and the holding of small stake in such firms at least 15-20% stake just to protect its interests
    -Govt should also encourage select foreign weapons manufacturers to set up production plants in-country especially weapons makers from Europe, Russia, China, India and Pakistan with particular attention to manufacturers from countries willing to accelerate technology transfer with guarantees from govt that any purchases of hardware and weapons which fall within what these local companies produce will be procured in-country directly from them
    -Govt could also help these companies access the West African market which still has a huge potential to absorb hardware and weapons systems given the current and future threats of armed conflicts in the region
    -Once all the processes are in place, Dicon as R&D and local production capacity we would have achieved short term local production capacity for a number of our needs especially light arms, tracked and non tracked APCs, modification of artillery firing systems, local production of rocket systems, wholly built assault rifles for NA and specops
    -From the experience gathered, govt could build a blueprint through Dicon for the long term phase.
    What I have stated above is only an idea but at same time achievable. As a people we can do anything if we put our minds on it and work extra hard to reach such goals

  5. beegeagle says:

    Mr OBOTO,when are you going to respond to the email sent you so you can get started? Got due diligence to cater to.

    • mnl01 says:

      Oga Beeg,

      I sent you a material for the National Intelligence Agency/ Defense Intelligence Agency months ago. No feedback from you if you have gotten. The ISIS/BH threat is real and the new government has so much work to be done. Our job on this platform is to point them in the right direction.

  6. Are James says:

    Medium term we need to reposition to a more aggressive posture in the nature and types of capabilities that we possess. We need a nucleus arm of offensive capabilities built around Air and Naval Power elements. The Nigerian Army (minus one division) can develop as it currently is with the ‘trditional’ mission to protect the land territorial integrity of Nigeria which is a very outdated mission – equipment needed for this mission would include T-90 tanks, modern Attack helicopters, MLRSs, MRAPs, all short range combat aircraft as currently fielded by the NAF would also become part of the NA Air arm. Special COIN forces are also envisaged to be part of this traditional element.

    The more offensive (pro-active) element will have the broader focus of defending the political and socio-economic ” interests” of Nigeria all over the world and will focus on long range power projection in an increasingly expansive region probably starting from the west african sub region.
    This element will have a land component carved out from the Nigerian Army but will still be art of the army as far as administrative issues and doctrine are concerned.
    Setting all the parameters then it is clear that even attack helicopters dont count. The following ORBAT would be a starting point:
    * Two squadrons SU – 33/34 long range aircraft
    *Two Squadrons JF-17 Block II Aircraft.
    * Four numbers Air refuelling tankers
    * Ten numbers Airbus A-400M .
    * Army division to have the most advanced AFVs, a Paratroop Brigade, UAV elements and sattelite based network enabled warfare capabilioty.
    *Naval component to include:
    – Two missile armed stealth frigates.
    – Two ocean going helicoper carriers
    -Ten LSTs (preferably built in Nigeria)
    -Two Diesel powered submarines.

    Military – Industrial Complex.
    We need an immediate start on the journey to beak through and acquire some important technologies. to justify things to ourselves, we should take a dual use view to every effort. Everything must have a spin-off to grow the economy.The critical technologies are :
    – Aeronautical propulsion – turbojet/turbofan engines through reverse engineering and new breakthrough efforts in high speed/high temperature lubrication and vibration control.
    – UAV Engines – Wankel Rotary and small size turbo fans
    -Flight Controls
    -Radar and ECM
    -Missile technology including their controls
    – High speed data processing and data communications
    – Data Encryption
    There are no private organizations to partner with to develop these technologies. Let us be realistic and stop chasing shadows.
    I suggest we follow the Soviet model of design bureaux developing aircraft, avionics, engines, radar and ECM gear. We can later develop them into private commercial entities with the reserachers becoming owners of the companies if they can develop workable technologies and work out the manfacturing locally. This then becomes a great incentive to invention and creativity and also we get to develop a miltary industrial complex organically instead of by fiat.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      The emphasis and focus during this incoming era, should be on training, maintenance and manufacturing. All this is related to only one key item, ability of the country to generate and provide resources ( Funding, materials, skilled manpower). It is no coincident that the military strength of a country is related to the percentage of it’s revenue spending dedicated to equipping it’s military. Who generates the revenue?, it is the countries civil business community and the commercial enterprises of the state.
      How do we enhance this important factor ? – By focusing and diverting all revenue accrued by the state to the local business entities ( giving them priority on the state’s requisitions ) and judicial use of available funds to enhance the infrastructure necessary for the state’s commercial enterprises to function better ( locally refined Fuel, provision of electricity, roads, water at sensible and globally competitive commercial rates). In short Good Governance.
      The military does not exist in a vacuum or on it’s own. It is developed and maintain for a purpose, which involves the defense of our dear Nation by transmit the policy of the state by it’s posturing as in deterrence (Show of force, state of readiness, equipment and perceived capabilities) or as a last resort actual combat. which in turns helps cross border commercial activities, The Military is always working even when not engaged in combat by deterrence and show of force. The military has to look inward for the arming and equipping of it’s self without compromising it’s capability or quality. The manufacturing capability of the local industry has to be challenged by assigning it the production and designing of arms and equipment, instead of the current trend of going over seas to purchase the most basic of our needs and by that developing the industry of other Countries. We all saw how Iraq and Libya performed against their adversaries, ( the Iraq Air Force was none existing after commencement of hostilities, the Libyan Air Force and air defense was a no show) ,of cause the manufacturers of their equipment had sold them out in regards of the secrets of neutralizing the system, at the end of the day, a waste of money. Let the NA sell and give the local manufacturers, inclusive of Pro-force and other companies to be formed in future, a funded contractual production of Igirigi and also the expected improvements. NA should maintain a capability to active field maintenance of the vehicle. Also with necessary government funding a competition for the design and production of main battlefield tank design or modifications to adapt our present tanks to our operational environment. It will be very interesting to see how the REVA vehicles would do against the Igirigi in the southern tropical forest terrain, smaller gaps between the heavy trees ( width), lower forest canopy ( Height) and it’s ability to maneuvere un-hindered in the forest. Manufacturing should be left to the Civil/business sector and evaluations and specifications.to the end user/the military
      My little global experience in my area of competence, T/P, evaluation of global civil, military aircraft and personnel and in consideration of my (1 kobo) small outsider knowledge of NAF affairs from observing / reports of events in the NE.
      NAF need to increase it’s pool of skilled and experienced air crew and revise and adhere to it’s operational standards, bringing it to levels and global standards that it was know for ( like the Strike Force Ranger said “train hard fight easy, train hard bleed less”). The aircraft to be purchased most be modern enough to expose the pilots to New generation systems and economical enough to provide high flight time for the pilots in non- war time sorties. the aircrew pool should be a potential to meet an equipment surge in times of conflict. The engineering side must also up it’s game to meet up on the new equipments, rotation of personnel on training programs and line maintenance experience for engineer at supervisor levels should be arranged with friendly nations (Air Forces)
      In case this is not taken into consideration when talking about aquisitions, the Russians do not throw their front line equipment and it’s secrets to countries that are not totally aligned with there global foreign policies. The SU27/30 or MIG 29 might be the highest limit we can expect, except we sign or have new alliances military or commercial. On the JF17s, is it the best fighter for that class ? are there any long term problems, are the advantages of local production and manufacturing still on the table, also it has no pedigree, the canopy design shows visual limitations in close aerial engagement.
      The A- 400M is a no go area, this aircraft has a number of manufacturing defects, which will come into the light after more incident ( 74 items), the recent Spanish loss is just one prominent example) the Brazilian KC-370 might be more in contention to complement the C130s,. NAF does not need any dedicated tanker, the way to go is the MRT (multi role transport ) aircraft, which is capable of troop and freight transport, MEDVAC / CASEVAC, Aerial tanker and mass air evacuation that was required in Libya or recently in South Africa. The west did and succeeded on grounding and dis-arming the Jaguar fleet, against all believe it was the most potent aircraft ( Nuclear capable) ever fielded by the NAF, and the Francophone countries supported by France and also the then South African Government, even setting up of their presence in Mountain ranges of Malabo, EG to monitor the going, All these got the attention of Britain to render it impotent and not shift the regional power balance. by making it’s repairs and maintenance to bring it to operational status impossible. It is a know fact that once got off the ground, it is practically impossible to stop the Jaguar from the air except hits scored at the intended target by air defense missile systems, also the range makes all our sphere of influence in the ECOWAS region and to the east within serious reach ( NAFs demonstration during the Ghana vs Togolese incident of the 1980s was well noted by the West, we were going into their perceived area of trade influence) . All this other mentioned aircraft do not have the low level penetration ability of the Jaguar unlike the electronics counter measure of the fighter aircraft constantly discussed here. a trained Jaguar pilot in low level tactics is a serious threat as well as the weapon load capability of this aircraft for viable strategic target strikes ( only equaled by the SU 25 in COIN ops). The Indian Air force with all it’s access to purchase a variety of new fighters still understands the role of the Jaguars in it’s battle order and conflict response, they were the first to strike, they have also spent a lot of money to upgrade to deadly standards their Jaguar fleet.
      I propose that consideration should e given to
      – Air Defense Fighter – 2 Squadron of NG Gripen
      (At operating cost of $3000/hr), would give the Pilots ample sorties flight times using the latest generation of avionics and weapon system, armed with BVR missile systems is more than a match for any thing around are borders, F7 should be retained as interceptors and point defense platforms and also fast jet attenuation and flight experience for advance qualification of fighter pilots
      – COIN/Ground Strike Fighter.- 2 Squadron of SU25.
      – Transition training aircraft / Light strike- Alpha Jets, L39s
      (maintain current fleet)
      – Strategic / deep strike – have the review of the Jaguar by done by the Indian’s HAL and compare against the possible purchase of SU 27/30 series aircraft ( Pls note Angola has strong East block ties dating back to their post independence wars).
      – Medium Utility helicopters – Mi171
      (Pumas maintained for Utility tasking in the country’s southern area tasking)
      – Tactical / Attack Helicopter – Mi24/35 Hinds
      – Light Scout/Attack – T129.
      ( Gazzelles in Scout/Recce/liasion elements plus training).
      – Transport – C130s plus possible purchase of 4 KC370s.
      – MRT – 3 x B767 or A300 conversion, depending no political opposition to purchase, aerial refueling pods can be added later to avoid vetos.
      – Intel – Current fleet of ATRs, Beechcraft aircraft, D42 if well maintained and funded in terms flight hours is adequate. After BH, the possibilities are that we would be deterring our neighbours and giving very quick and precise responses to any likely COIN events.

      Naval – There should a complete freeze on purchase of any ships without local content in it’s construction and investment now on underwater technology by acquiring a couple of submarines and also an under water recovery systems to go along ( surface ship or underwater vehicle), this is necessary to start adapting to the technology, the British know and rely a lot on this advantage ( Falkland wars, after the strike of the British sub on General Belgrado, the Argies fleet stayed home). We need to adapt the associated technologies to our ocean shelf area and train now,( not during conflict times as done in the NE), if you have subs on the prowl no sane surface navy would venture without serious cause into your territorial waters.
      It is worth noting that the drug cartels in the middle of the Amazon forest without almost any covered shelter workshops and electricity (using generators) with crudely equipped foundry are building ocean crossing submarines to ferry their drugs into the American Continent.
      I do not claim to be an expert on what our nations needs, I am sure that those of us on the scene have more intimate knowledge of the goings

  7. beegeagle says:

    * TRAINING, DOCTRINE AND ORBAT

    – Adjustments to doctrine
    – Thrust of national DEFSEC policy
    – Content and thrust of local training
    – Foreign training partnerships for
    conventional and special operations
    – Triservice training
    – Desirability or otherwise of PMC
    training

    – AMEND our doctrine to indicate that our national interests will be defended at home using the concept of total security whereby all DEFSEC systems and assets are geared towards keeping in a resolute and joint effort.

    Additionally and in collabo with amenable diplomatic channels, Nigerian forces should be placed on a footing such as permits them to undertake offensive operations,conventional and asymmetric alike, in the sub-regions and neighbourhoods which touch on our terrestrial and/or maritime borders, namely West Africa, Central Africa and the Sahel

    – Our tepid and innocuous view of our neighbourhoods is the reason why the Nigerian military appear armed and poised for benign operations and appear overly focused on homeland defence, leaving us sometimes feeling like sitting ducks

    – the thrust of our nationalshould be the internalisation and incorporation into our doctrine of lessons learnt in all combat operations undertaken by the Nigerian Armed Forces between 1990 and the present time. That means reviewing and making suggestions to stymie the shortcomings entailed in combat operations undertaken in Liberia, Somalia,the Bakassi Peninsula,Sierra Leone,the Niger Delta and the ongoing War on Terror.

    For a military which has engaged in non-stop combat operations since 1990,it has to be made to count when adversaries come up against Nigerian forces, both in terms of men and materiel.

    – Nigeria should treat as a national emergency and make extraordinary provisions for the resolution of any armed conflict which drags on for longer than six months. This is with a view to minimising the attendant loss of lives and property endured by Nigerians in the conflict area(s)

    – all defence and security forces shall continue to be jointly tasked with the maintenance of law and order in the face of any armed conflict taking place or or on Nigerian soil or spilling over thereunto

    The military shall be maintained as a last line of defence in non-militarised situations which portend a generalised breakdown of law and order such as rioting and inter-ethnic violence. As much as possible and for reasons hinged on professionalism, the military should be kept out of non-militarised conflict situations. With tanks, artillery, RPGs and landmines
    deployed by Boko Haram insurgents, it is not in doubt that a militarised conflict situation is on the cards as distinct from religious rioting in Zaria or cattle rustling in Zamfara.

    To ensure that this is achieved, the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorist Unit and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence shall be retrained,equipped and poised to intervene proactively. If such breakdowns of law and order persist for longer than 72 hours, the military will then be invited to join efforts aimed at restoring order.

    Nigeria should maintain an army of 150,000 officers and men deployed in six infantry divisions,two armoured divisions and a division-sized Special Operations Command while the Navy shall be comprised of 17,500 personnel. This shall include a 1,650 strong Naval Infantry Regiment deployed in three squadrons of 550 men each. The main body of each NIR Squadron shall operate as a 250-man HQ garrison while three 100-man contingents shall exist as outfield detachment in three outfield Forward Operating Bases.

    The Nigerian Air Force shall also be comprised of 17,500 personnel and shall include a 2,500-strong NAF Regiment deployed in four 625-strong regimental squadrons. The main body of each NAFR Squadron shall operate as a 250-man HQ garrison while three 125-man contingents shall exist as outfield detachments in three outfield Forward Operating Bases.

    Nigeria shall at no time maintain more than six battalion-sized units,three engineer squadrons,three signals squadrons and three medical contingents on UN/AU/ECOWAS-authorised peacekeeping operations outside Nigeria. This should be reduced by 33% within six months if an armed conflict is deemed to be ongoing inside Nigeria.

    In the case of combative PEACE ENFORCEMENT operations which have a bearing on our national security, a total combined arms complement of 6,000 men can be deployed indepedently of the aforementioned PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS. Where the gains made or continued operational success is hinged on a troop surge, parliamentary approval shall be required to exceed this limit.

    – Nigeria shall always endeavour to seek unobtrusive foreign training synergies which do not get jeopardised by diplomatic attempts at bullying and unprofessional considerations which are tied to vile politicking. For reasons of cultural and linguistic affinity,British and American training support is desirable while, pursuant to our traditions of non-alignment and in line with promoting a varied experience, training with the defence forces of India,Pakistan,China,Israel and Russia shall be encouraged and deepened.

    – the lessons of the ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgents have shown that where foreign state actors have bogged down the impartation of knowledge,skills and aptitudes in deference to diplomatic whims, a Private Military Contractor can set aside political considerations and deliver in accordance to strict timelines given, boosting the skills and aptitudes of troops engaged in combat operations while assisting with sound tactical advice. The levels of professionalism and competence exhibited by the 72 Strike Force is emblematic of what a solid PMC is able to deliver in a remarkably short period.

    Therefore and where expedient and/or imperative, Nigeria shall contract the services of PMC trainers and advisers but not fighters. The STTEP and Israeli options remain Nigeria’s most convenient options for now. Such PMCs must always be bound by non-disclosure clauses on operational details spanning a period of FIVE years. This is with a view to forestalling the odious antics of foreign sensationalists and the local turncoats who abet their activities.

    – For the purpose of seamless joint operations, regular training and exercises aimed harmonising the operations of the Nigerian Army,the Naval Infantry Regiment and the Nigerian Air Force Regiment shall be held throughout the year across the federation.

    Refresher courses in counterinsurgency praxis shall be held for all infantry formations of the Nigerian Armed Forces at a proposed Joint Infantry Centre to be established in the savanna at Saki, Oyo State. Note that in terms of strict coordinates, Saki lies on the same latitude as Langtang in Plateau State.

    The Nigerian Armed Forces training institutions shall be encouraged to incorporate training modules in asymmetric warfare into the curriculum of the recruit training depots. This is with a view to boosting versatility in an increasingly multi-tasking Nigerian Armed Forces.

  8. jimmy says:

    Confirmed satellite pictures of the recently purchased gazelles
    COURTESY : DonKlericuzio

  9. beegeagle says:

    Well done, Are James. It takes deep contemplation to articulate with clarity at that level.

    Where are all the usual suspects – Kola Adekola, Adetayo’s Blog, Ifiok Umoeka, Jimmy, Doziex, Ola, Henry, Agostinho, Roscoe, Saleh, Sazulu,Asorockweb,FortB,Capt Wilcock,Freegulf et al.

    I hold my horses..take it away. The floor is yours. Doziex, abeg mek you go beyond aggressive PMC marketing o. You don reappear as the first contract don finish.

    Please, make your inputs. Govts come and go, Nigeria remains ours
    for posterity, so contribute to nation building here in your own little way.

    Even when I am not here down the line because we have lost stamina after five gruelling years of non-cooperation by those who are able to lend a hand to push this mission forward but conveniently refused to do so while using us EVERYDAY as an unofficial thinktank cum resource centre, at least we would have left a usable working template for the new FG to work with.

    That is the least we can do as we stand on the cusp of what is likely to be a consequential shift in the paradigms of our national life. Interesting times lie ahead for all of us Nigerians. Everyday shall reel off like an all-action movie in the first eighteen months of GMB’s administration.

    Long live a united and progressive Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  10. Ola says:

    Sir Beegs! May your dream of seeing a great Nigeria come through in our lifetime! I’ve been away trying to finish some writing here, this old man is back to school🙂 I need to finish this overnight, so sorry if my thought are not well articulated here.
    I will keep it short. An army comprises of men and equipment. An army of the future will be an army that independent, very well trained, versatile and with components that are highly mobile and fluid in operation. An independent army needs to have most of her equipment sourced from sources that will not easily fail, so home grown industries mostly and allies that will not turn their back on you easily. Going further on this.
    On mission and responsility
    The Nigerian army needs to move on from being a defensive fighting force to a force that is well balanced between offensive and defensive roles.
    Structure for the ground forces:
    Infantry
    Artillery
    Strategic missile Unit
    Special warfare :Special forces make up this part. Mobile strike force, mountain warfare, airborne, e.t.c Men in this group, like is typical of all SF should be drawn from other units of the army, so they are not direct entrants into the military.
    Training:
    I like the doctrine of the Royal Marines so I will talk from that angle. Ancient and modern has to be mixed. As a rule, every troop needs to go through baptism of fire in CT-COIN training. As an example that I know. A Royal Marine is as vast in the art of picking his way through a mine field with the bayonnet just as he is good at using a metal detector. They are basically trained with maps and compass, not GPS, he takes the basics in psychology and he can say greetings in half a dozen languages from potential area of deployment. Within a few weeks of beginning training, he has also trained with major infantry pieces globally, e.g his primary weapon is SA-80 but he’s used M-16, AK 47 (Russian and Pakistan variant), M16, M4 and some Israeli and NATO member pieces too. Soft skills have to be taught to our military men too
    Everyone that will wear the Nigerian armed forces uniform needs to go through this.
    I stop talking there on men
    On Equipment the entire armed forces in general
    The army needs to induct a local content policy too, starting with 10% of the needs of the army supplied locally the first year, 15% supplied the second year and 30% the 3rd and fourth year. The army should plan to end importation of certain items within a decade.
    All standard issue fireamrs must be 100% supplied locally, basic infantry kit )boots, helmets, balistic vests e.t.c) must be 100% supplied locally, APCs should be 100% supplied locally within, Variants of UAVs, IFV and AFVs should be 50% supplied locally within 5 years and an MBT should be possible in a decade.
    R and D should take a major and frontal role in the military. NAEME, DICON, NAF and NN engineering departments, Engineering departments in selected Universities, FIIRO, Proforce, Nigerdock, and local automobile manufacturers should come together to draw a revisable master plan for growth of domestic defence industry. The military should build on what is already there in the country.

    I will come back to this all important topic later.

  11. Ola says:

    For NAF and NN, I will say that
    3 squadrons SU –30 with our own designations like the SU-30 MKKs
    1 Squadron of HAL FGFA
    2 Sqdrn of Yak 130 trainer
    2 Sqdrn of SU-25 -Dedicated ground attack platform
    Kamov Ka-52
    Four numbers Air refuelling tankers
    12 units of heavy lift Airbus A-400M .
    NN
    Split into 2 arms. Littoral (coast guard) and blue water navy Littoral Navy carries the bulk of anti-piracy fight.
    Aradu and Thunder to coast guard
    2 more P18N built at home together with China.
    2 missile armed sachsen-class frigates.
    2 helicoper carriers
    12 SDB built at home
    3 Diesel electric submarines. 1 for training and two fully combat operational.
    6 AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat/ Eurocopter Dolphin for anti-submarine and search and rescue purposes
    24 attack helicopters of any variant

  12. Number one says:

    My Thoughts…. The mission of the Nigerian military is tied to our Nigeria’s internal,regional,African and International policy.An isolationist Nigeria(which is impossible been as She is a nexus of power) will have a defence oriented military,same way an ambitious Nigeria will need a ‘strong’,’effective’,and ‘efficient’ military to (a) stabilise African countries e.g the refugee,arms and human trafficking problem (b) protect groups of our citizens outside the country etc..

  13. jimmy says:

    PART ONE
    THRUST OF NATIONAL DEFENCE POLICY
    Build upon the recent reorganization done by the COAS LT. GEN KTJ MINIMAH DO NOT SCRAP IT . This template should be done both for the navy and the airforce. The main focus is to make all triservices more efficient in their day to day operations and rid all three services of ongoing rampant corruption
    gmb has to use his leverage now to do the following
    All salaries, allowances,pensions should be done by electronic transfer by the biggest three banks in Nigeria something the army has resisted for the longest time. The incoming chief should be told it is a condition of his rank to LT. GEN AND HIS APPOINTMENT IF HE CANT DO IT HE DOES NOT GET THE APPT…
    Local training in the immediate time should focus on the cjtf that are roaming around the three border states .They should be trained with the 12 gauge shot gun and should be the the first layer of border security and rural security.THEY SHOULD BE PHOTOGRAPHED, FINGER PRINTED AND SCREENED.
    TRISERVICE TRAINING ( The Ihejirika- Badeh rule)
    Things got much better under Minimah and Amosun specifically because they were course mates- the relationship and mutual respect was there.This should be the template course mates of the TRISERVICES need to train together on coin-ops and conventional ops.The doctrine is that years later when they are div / tactical commanders, knowing who is on charge in the other branch will make a significant difference and not hamper operations because a relationship has been formed

  14. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    The emphasis and focus during this incoming era, should be on training, maintenance and manufacturing. All this is related to only one key item, ability of the country to generate and provide resources ( Funding, materials, skilled manpower). It is no coincident that the military strength of a country is related to the percentage of it’s revenue spending dedicated to equipping it’s military. Who generates the revenue?, it is the countries civil business community and the commercial enterprises of the state.
    How do we enhance this important factor ? – By focusing and diverting all revenue accrued by the state to the local business entities ( giving them priority on the state’s requisitions ) and judicial use of available funds to enhance the infrastructure necessary for the state’s commercial enterprises to function better ( locally refined Fuel, provision of electricity, roads, water at sensible and globally competitive commercial rates). In short Good Governance.
    The military does not exist in a vacuum or on it’s own. It is developed and maintain for a purpose, which involves the defense of our dear Nation by transmit the policy of the state by it’s posturing as in deterrence (Show of force, state of readiness, equipment and perceived capabilities) or as a last resort actual combat. which in turns helps cross border commercial activities, The Military is always working even when not engaged in combat by deterrence and show of force. The military has to look inward for the arming and equipping of it’s self without compromising it’s capability or quality. The manufacturing capability of the local industry has to be challenged by assigning it the production and designing of arms and equipment, instead of the current trend of going over seas to purchase the most basic of our needs and by that developing the industry of other Countries. We all saw how Iraq and Libya performed against their adversaries, ( the Iraq Air Force was none existing after commencement of hostilities, the Libyan Air Force and air defense was a no show) ,of cause the manufacturers of their equipment had sold them out in regards of the secrets of neutralizing the system, at the end of the day, a waste of money. Let the NA sell and give the local manufacturers, inclusive of Pro-force and other companies to be formed in future, a funded contractual production of Igirigi and also the expected improvements. NA should maintain a capability to active field maintenance of the vehicle. Also with necessary government funding a competition for the design and production of main battlefield tank design or modifications to adapt our present tanks to our operational environment. It will be very interesting to see how the REVA vehicles would do against the Igirigi in the southern tropical forest terrain, smaller gaps between the heavy trees ( width), lower forest canopy ( Height) and it’s ability to maneuvere un-hindered in the forest. Manufacturing should be left to the Civil/business sector and evaluations and specifications.to the end user/the military
    My little global experience in my area of competence, T/P, evaluation of global civil, military aircraft and personnel and in consideration of my (1 kobo) small outsider knowledge of NAF affairs from observing / reports of events in the NE.
    NAF need to increase it’s pool of skilled and experienced air crew and revise and adhere to it’s operational standards, bringing it to levels and global standards that it was know for ( like the Strike Force Ranger said “train hard fight easy, train hard bleed less”). The aircraft to be purchased most be modern enough to expose the pilots to New generation systems and economical enough to provide high flight time for the pilots in non- war time sorties. the aircrew pool should be a potential to meet an equipment surge in times of conflict. The engineering side must also up it’s game to meet up on the new equipments, rotation of personnel on training programs and line maintenance experience for engineer at supervisor levels should be arranged with friendly nations (Air Forces)
    In case this is not taken into consideration when talking about aquisitions, the Russians do not throw their front line equipment and it’s secrets to countries that are not totally aligned with there global foreign policies. The SU27/30 or MIG 29 might be the highest limit we can expect, except we sign or have new alliances military or commercial. On the JF17s, is it the best fighter for that class ? are there any long term problems, are the advantages of local production and manufacturing still on the table, also it has no pedigree, the canopy design shows visual limitations in close aerial engagement.
    The A- 400M is a no go area, this aircraft has a number of manufacturing defects, which will come into the light after more incident ( 74 items), the recent Spanish loss is just one prominent example) the Brazilian KC-370 might be more in contention to complement the C130s,. NAF does not need any dedicated tanker, the way to go is the MRT (multi role transport ) aircraft, which is capable of troop and freight transport, MEDVAC / CASEVAC, Aerial tanker and mass air evacuation that was required in Libya or recently in South Africa. The west did and succeeded on grounding and dis-arming the Jaguar fleet, against all believe it was the most potent aircraft ( Nuclear capable) ever fielded by the NAF, and the Francophone countries supported by France and also the then South African Government, even setting up of their presence in Mountain ranges of Malabo, EG to monitor the going, All these got the attention of Britain to render it impotent and not shift the regional power balance. by making it’s repairs and maintenance to bring it to operational status impossible. It is a know fact that once got off the ground, it is practically impossible to stop the Jaguar from the air except hits scored at the intended target by air defense missile systems, also the range makes all our sphere of influence in the ECOWAS region and to the east within serious reach ( NAFs demonstration during the Ghana vs Togolese incident of the 1980s was well noted by the West, we were going into their perceived area of trade influence) . All this other mentioned aircraft do not have the low level penetration ability of the Jaguar unlike the electronics counter measure of the fighter aircraft constantly discussed here. a trained Jaguar pilot in low level tactics is a serious threat as well as the weapon load capability of this aircraft for viable strategic target strikes ( only equaled by the SU 25 in COIN ops). The Indian Air force with all it’s access to purchase a variety of new fighters still understands the role of the Jaguars in it’s battle order and conflict response, they were the first to strike, they have also spent a lot of money to upgrade to deadly standards their Jaguar fleet.
    I propose that consideration should e given to
    – Air Defense Fighter – 2 Squadron of NG Gripen
    (At operating cost of $3000/hr), would give the Pilots ample sorties flight times using the latest generation of avionics and weapon system, armed with BVR missile systems is more than a match for any thing around are borders, F7 should be retained as interceptors and point defense platforms and also fast jet attenuation and flight experience for advance qualification of fighter pilots
    – COIN/Ground Strike Fighter.- 2 Squadron of SU25.
    – Transition training aircraft / Light strike- Alpha Jets, L39s
    (maintain current fleet)
    – Strategic / deep strike – have the review of the Jaguar by done by the Indian’s HAL and compare against the possible purchase of SU 27/30 series aircraft ( Pls note Angola has strong East block ties dating back to their post independence wars).
    – Medium Utility helicopters – Mi171
    (Pumas maintained for Utility tasking in the country’s southern area tasking)
    – Tactical / Attack Helicopter – Mi24/35 Hinds
    – Light Scout/Attack – T129.
    ( Gazzelles in Scout/Recce/liasion elements plus training).
    – Transport – C130s plus possible purchase of 4 KC370s.
    – MRT – 3 x B767 or A300 conversion, depending no political opposition to purchase, aerial refueling pods can be added later to avoid vetos.
    – Intel – Current fleet of ATRs, Beechcraft aircraft, D42 if well maintained and funded in terms flight hours is adequate. After BH, the possibilities are that we would be deterring our neighbours and giving very quick and precise responses to any likely COIN events.

    Naval – There should a complete freeze on purchase of any ships without local content in it’s construction and investment now on underwater technology by acquiring a couple of submarines and also an under water recovery systems to go along ( surface ship or underwater vehicle), this is necessary to start adapting to the technology, the British know and rely a lot on this advantage ( Falkland wars, after the strike of the British sub on General Belgrado, the Argies fleet stayed home). We need to adapt the associated technologies to our ocean shelf area and train now,( not during conflict times as done in the NE), if you have subs on the prowl no sane surface navy would venture without serious cause into your territorial waters.
    It is worth noting that the drug cartels in the middle of the Amazon forest without almost any covered shelter workshops and electricity (using generators) with crudely equipped foundry are building ocean crossing submarines to ferry their drugs into the American Continent.
    I do not claim to be an expert on what our nations needs, I am sure that those of us on the scene have more intimate knowledge of the goings

  15. Oje says:

    Lol Oga JAMES and Ola, : Squadrons of SU-35 , JF-17? Jeez it’s not always about money. We cannot train enough pilots for this, it’s just not practical as it will take at least a decade to train enough pilots you can trust with a multimillion dollar combat aircraft. I don’t think any African airforce South of the Sahara can manage that. South Africa purchased 25 4th Gen Gripen fighter but have just 6 qualified pilots to fly them , and they refused to hire foreign mercenaries.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Oga Ojue, I tell you sir, authoritatively that is wrong about S.A Gripen flight crew, it is the story making the rounds

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        For a couple of Squadrons the standard operational crew requirement is 18 crew for 12 aircraft squadron x 2 = 36 Pilots ( Single pilot aircraft) or 36 Crew set ( for Dual Crew aircraft). it is affordable and Do able, I admit flying the heavy metals especially the SU series requires more familiarity with the design concept and east block types of systems and also required is comfortable overall flight experience in fast jets, We need these so we do not fall victim of non combat attrition losses. The South African has devised a syllabus of maintaining the crew currency with limited number of Gripen aircraft operational in view of the fact they perceive no immediate threat, they are also keeping their operational and scheduled maintenance cost to a minimum, certain pilots are cross trained on other military combat types. ( same way you get USA air national guard pilots flying both civil transport and at minutes notice F15s) . the Kurgers are combat experienced and not stupid at all, they know exactly what they are doing and do not jeopardize their national interests

    • Ola says:

      Mr Oje, thanks for your observation. However, what I wrote there is a master plan for a decade, not something to immediately counter boko haram and our neighbours. NAF can train crack pilots in 5 years to man twice that number of airframe, if the money and the will is there. If you noticed, I listed Yak trainers there, this is for training pilots for advanced jets…
      I’m going back to my study now🙂

  16. jimmy says:

    PART2
    Currently our troops are being trained by the following nations:
    US, UK. BELARUS AND RUSSIA MOVING FORWARD THE TRAINING NEEDS TO BE TWEAKED:
    This is how the Russian template of the Spetnaz needs to be the model send all three personnel ARMY/ AIRFORCE/ NAVY + THE CTU of the POLICE
    The PMC TRAINING needs to be continued for a stipulated period of a year, one of the biggest eye openers and learning experiences of this was the use of the Gazelles.This is the reality of why we need the training:BAGA, MONGUNO was commanded by Brig -Gens and fell.Konduga and BIU was commanded by LT.COLs and “They held ground” + they destroyed the Enemy with much less men and equipment.There is a fundamental need for the training culture to change. And it should start at the very beginning .OGA DOZIEX IS RIGHT THE NDA FORM SHOULD BE FREE and THE BEST 100 PEOPLE FROM 36 STATES SHOULD BE SELECTED( based on the results of their exams you go to your state of origin to take your Exam.

  17. Roscoe says:

    Managing Public Perceptions and requisite tools for information management

    Public perception is two fold , Internal (Nigerian people in the North and the South) and External (the rest of the world).

    Like Oga Jimmy has said many time, wars are not lost via PR, however you can win on the field and lose politically, Stalin pushed the allies to launch the invasion of Europe, lost millions of men on the Eastern front, and attacked Manchuria to break the Japanese after the end of the European war,but decades later the Soviet victories are barely mentioned. The Nigerian Army fought and won in Liberia and Sierra Leone, yet credit has to be shared with the Executive Outcomes and the British SAS who ran ops at the tail end of the engagement, even till this day Nigerians act like Chadians and Camroonians are fighting alongside NA in Sambisa, and when that narrative fails, we start talking about PMCs.

    Without HUMINT, we will struggle with COIN ops. The people must be willing to report on BH , and BH members themselves must see the NA as a viable alternative in the event of disaffection within the ranks. This is where public perception and reality comes into play, Our Military must see themselves as service members, discipline must be maintained in peacetime, the BRT incident the Naval convoy incident must not be overlooked, the citizenry will not support an oppresive army and may see a local militia as deliverers (see current killings of policemen in the US with tacit support by a minority of the population).

    Prisoners/collaborators should not be summarilly executed by disillusioned soldiers, officer corps must maintain discipline, a fighter that does not believe you will spare his life (or at least kill him after a court case or field trial) will not surrender. This will also help with the confused Amnesty International folks who occasionally act like BH is a rational org.

    I would propose a big budget Nolly wood movie immortalizing certain stories (or a series). This would be good internal propaganda, a hausa/Kanuri language movie should also be promoted.

    For External Info Management, we have little choice . Reporters want access, there are a lot of news agencies who do not like Islamic Jihad, let us find them and embed their soldiers, we need a friendly outlet to build up the reputation of the Nigerian Army (let us too become the flavor of desert warfare). Olukolades twitter feed is a great one, more like him! Facebook postings will also be good. Let us use Social Media to build up a positive narrative and counter lies. We need an army of smooth speaking Nigerian to work the circuit and get to know the Anchors and producers (some one educated in Harvard/Oxford or Yale/Cambridge blah blah blah).

    The VICE show drove it home, we must embed reporters in FOB’s. We have to emebed reporters in FOB’s, on patrols, n offensives, we have to embed reporters! Western ones, Russians or at least give some access . We must punish with loss o access those who malign us and reward the rest with access, they want news. they need access.

    CUrrent practice with regards to Mosque preachings should be continued to discover pockets of insurgency.

  18. Roscoe says:

    SCOPE OF CIVIL MILITARY RELATIONS

    We must destroy the current structure where state governors have private armies and militias. The system that allows governors to actively build up an armed wing in order to wreak political violence as well as protect themselves and their allies from political violence must be prosecuted to the full extent, this fed the seeds of the ND insugency and partly fuelled the funding of BH with religious ministry money in Borno.

    However even more important is good governance, the NE especially far northern Borno is said to be an ungoverned space, trappings of government are difficult to find leading to Authority Vacuums which are filled by local warlords, life and property rights are not secured cross border banditry occurs, Abu Bakr Naji’s book (Management of Savagery or Administration of Savagery) specifically mentioned Nigeria as a country to be targeted by Jihadists (in 2004!) due to the presence of ungoverned spaces and also cited weak military presecence in remote areas. Abu Bajr Naji is thought to b a nom de guerre for Mohammad Hasan Khalil (former head of AQ Propaganda who was killed by US air strike/Drone strike in 2008), his books should be required reading for any one who seeks to understand AQIM, AQ, Al Shabab and even ISIS propaganda mind sets.

    Good governance is essential to COIN ops, we have to drive governance down to the Local Government Level and maybe even the township level, and I do not just mean Monarchs, Local Governement Chairmen and LG councils, perhaps a state police is in order.

    Lastly, the CJTF has to either become a semi permanent force in the North East OR we go into a stage of readiness where Nigeria becomes militarized via compulsory military training for all young men of age (similar to NYSC) . It can be boot camp and weapons handling for 6 weeks followed by twice a year maneuvers , NYSC has shown we can do it , it may be time to just go ahead and execute it for a military setting, this will guarantee that we wil lnever see external aggression and will lead to a part time force which can be pressed into service @ short notice, this forces can form as National Guard brigades/divisions under the command of the NA but who only are deployed within their respective states (no external deployments).

  19. Roscoe says:

    National security doctrine and hence information management, must flow from cohesive foreign policy and clear internal direction. We do not need a “VISION 2020” we need a clear guide on how we interact with all foreign powers and what our permanent interests are! It can be hidden from the rest of the world, but we need a over arching strategy and clarity in our foreign relations and what we want as a country, this should take into account the temperament of the people, it must capture our hopes and dreams, it must be positive, it should seek to maximize the opportunity of all who call themselves Nigerians, The Foreign Policy must seek our safety and security and should also have a possibility of us becoming a world power by this temperament, hope, dreams and possibility.

    This will frame how we really execute and will clarify our energies, our planning and our Defense policy and procurement. We are a country that has been home to 4 major subsaharan empires (Kanem Borno, Sokoto Caliphate, Bini Empire and Oyo Empire) A proud and Irascible people, stubborn and energetic and bursting full with resources, its time we make this corner of the world our own.

  20. freeegulf says:

    great content and substance @ogas beeg, jimmy, roscoe, skipper wilcock. you guys have set the tone for this great thread. details par excellence.

  21. freeegulf says:

    oga beeg, considering we all been clamouring for top procurement for the NN and NAF, i dont think 17,500 will be ok for either the navy or the air force.
    if they are going to be inducting 4 gen multi role platforms, subs, LPDs, both institutions would exceed 20,000 in personnel strength. especially when NAF regt, NN combat infantry are added to the mix, the numbers would surely exceed those figures. we can compromise on the NA side, say 120k. a flexible, highly mobile, and well trained ( well equipped, high morale, good TACOS ) force of 120k will be enough to deal with both internal insurgency and external aggression. on the issues of ISOs, and PKOs, i m completely in support of your idea marshal beeg.

    @oga are james, good list. however, do we need two helicopter carriers? we are not that assertive anymore, and even if we where to pick up that role, i believe we would find it hard to maintain two carriers. a single LPD, plenty LSTs, and at least 3 submarines should make the NN fully green water/blue water capable. in addition to the frigates, corvettes, air arm, and missile armed FACs, the navy will be truly positioned to protect not just our EEZ but also enforce our national will.

    @oga wilcock, the jags where truly excellent low level platforms. however, the state of our mothballed jets, might not be worth the scarce forex to upgrade them. maybe we can work with the israelis and the indians for the sepecat. my only fear is that giving the state of NAF BO-105s, i wont be surprised if the air force have all but written off these jets. they where even trying to sell them off in the recent past.
    why i do like the Gripen jets, the fact that it has lots of american parts, means its a no no. if we can replace the american parts, fine. even if the swedes have a rubber stamped agreement with the yankees to sell them with or without the latter’s say, i still believe US clout will means sanctions keeping the jets grounded for some political reasons.

    will continue with the orbat for the NA in pt2

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      We spoken, I would still rather India, than Israel, which more or less is a USA external state, they would obey just like for the Cobras. They love your money that is all

  22. doziex says:

    Nigerians and politicians alike still are not convinced that a powerful, well resourced military is a must have.
    Realizing this, the institution must become independent, and seek it’s own source of funding

    At it’s best, NA has a disciplined command structure, and the best brains in the country under it’s command.
    They should emulate what the PLA did in the 70s and 80s,

    For instance, NA corps of engineers should Morph into a julius berger type company, and make a killing building roads, bridges and other Infrastructural projects.

    They can take over the several abandoned projects doted around the nation , such as hotels, and run them as profitable businesses.
    Baba sege has even suggested NA. Go into mechanized farming.

    As we speak today, nigeria is being crippled by a diesel crisis, NA should see opportunity in this, they should be allowed to take over our 4 moribund refineries, and market the products in and outside nigeria.

    Our Special vehicle plant in bauchi can build Apcs, as well as tractors to be sold to a nation that must return to the farm.
    NA corps of engineers can figure how to mine coal, and run coal power plants, the resultant electricity will be sold to the national grid, and used to power ajaokuta, to finally make the steel products to industrialize the country.

    Even if they make only building rods, this would generate billions in nigeria.

    Today, chinese state corporations, formerly headed by chinese generals, and military run enterprises are doing brisk business across the african continent.

    NA has to follow this model, to achieve the financial independence necessary to save the institution.

    Those wondering what our growing army of retired generals should be doing ?

    Here is an idea..

    • Are James says:

      Just to second your comment on the best technical brains being in the military. That is a confirmed Roger, Roger. I even support turning some of NAEME’s activities and facilities which there are a preponderance of across the country into quasi-commercial , technology incubating centres to support the the military and the larger economy. The Naval Dockyards have also been fairly well managed as well so we already have the beginnings f a military industrial complex. The way some countries have done this is to have a “ministry of defence industry” that manages the vision setting, government funding and stakeholder relationships that will arise from this rather complex matrix. Having a ministry in charge means It gets independent and regular funding.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Good Idea sir, but the Nigerian Academia and civil sector have world class brains to carryout civil activities, which is not an area of core competence of the Military, don’t forget the PLA was structured under a communist type political environment.
      It is better for the military to state focused in their own area.

  23. doziex says:

    Without the funding, all these aforementioned weapon systems,would remain a figment of our imagination.
    NA’s only constituency, seems to be only in beegeagles blog .

    Nigerians only scream for security in times of trouble, but could care less who does the necessary military investment that leads to security.

    For instance, professor Oby Ezekwesili , you know, the chibok campaigner has demanded why NA didn’t show American style competence in the chibok affair.
    Fair enough, but i never heard her as an OBJ era minister, advocate for an American level of military investment.

    Folks think the requisite capabilities, would just materialize out of thin air.

    GMB. please. Lets not hear you taking about competing demands.
    That seems to have become the language of do nothing corrupt politicians who think they can shortchange the military, without consequence.

    Let us decide that the standard for NA should be continental dominance, and then do whatever it takes to fund NA up to that standard.

    • FortB says:

      Well said. Our politicians seems not to understand anything about national security and why it must be prioritized. As a cadet, we learnt the standards 3:1 ratio when confronting the enemy. that is if an enemy is assessed to have one section, we tackle it with a platoon. The US has an even stronger doctrine, they will never send their men to fight in a fair war where both belligerents are matched. They must have overwhelming force and dominate the air. This is a standard that every service chief preaches. But in Nigeria we seem to have forgotten this principle, and basically have units all over the place with less than 5% of their table of equipment, necessary to be operational. Yet we send them to fight and blame them when they run from fighting? The defense sector must be well resourced. There are no two ways to it. Unless we are ready to face in the near future another BH type insurgency and struggle to contain it

  24. Lordfej says:

    I think it is safe to say that the military is a glue that holds our nation together. I guess we can also say that it is an instrument of nation building. I would suggest that as a first step to restructuring our defence forges the first step is public perception by the Nigerian people.

    I mean the civil military communication , how do we see our soldiers. I think a page should be taken from other countries where service in the military is made to look glamorous and rewarding .
    The most important aspect of our defence architecture is the people. This can be achieved through constant training and also timely enumeration of all that our service men and women deserve . Proper living quarters, perks, trust funds to send their kids to university should they fall in the line of action

    Army
    The biggest of our armed forces, the new government should focus on training

    Training should be handled by pmc at the depot, this should be done for 4years. Every serving soldier should have to under go training and retraining at the depot. Each div headquarters should have updated training facilities and hostels. These training facilities should include simulated firing ranges, live firing ranges and a timetable of traing schedule. Senior non com soldiers should be sent to friendly nations to undertake training courses and all the accumulated knowledge should be crafted to create a new regime suitable for nigeria

    Reorganisation
    The army should be

    • igbi says:

      Is it wise to have entire training handled by a pmc ? I understand when it is done for just one unit (the 72 mobile strike force) and for just a short period in order to get the soldiers initiated to a new style of warfare. But I don’t think it is right to throw away our indifenous army officers and soldiers who are charged with training recruits. PMC is not a long term solution, it is a temporary one.

  25. buchi says:

    * TRAINING, DOCTRINE AND ORBAT
    – Adjustments to doctrine:
    Prior to the offensive against Bh,the doctrine of the NA was centered on containment and defence,a situation which exposed us to continous overwhelming attacks from the enemy resulting in loss of ground in the respective AOR. To ensure that such ugly incident never repeats itself both in future COIN and conventional engagement,the doctrine of our service branches must evolve around continous offense and defense when necessary,putting our strength first before our weaknesses, we must learn to push an enemy to his elastic limit while holding strategic objectives in any situation. we must inculcate the attitude of attack nd necessary defence, sabotage of enemy key positions and assets partially or fully in a way that it would hit then enemy.in a nut shell DESTROY THE ENEMY”S CAPABILITIES AND THEN THE ENEMY OR DESTROY HIS CAPABILITIES FRUSTRATE him and Force him into a tight corner where you have the ability to negotiate with the upper hand. Unit cohesiveness,firing discipline,intelligence under fire and strength of will when facing a more capable adversary plus the need for the continuous understanding of the need for the defense of motherland..
    Our training should begin to lose the ting of brutality that it has been associated with which has in turn breed a lot of brutes within the braches than Fighting Men, while pushing our men to the limits to bring out the best in them is important,the need for them to realize that the enemy is the enemy and civilians are not the enemy should be drummed into their heads..
    Continous and not annual Firing drills,war games,inter officers competitons, etc should be held to put our troops in a state of weapon alertness,strategy capability and situational awareness with Discipline on the highest agenda.emphasis should be placed on developing the mind and body and most importantly self will to over come a challenge..
    We should make every man that goes throught the Heat a fighting Man.
    A review of the doctrine tri-annually should be a must as a new defense doctrine must not be static.
    – Thrust of national DEFSEC policy:
    Our DEFSEC policy should center around
    Protecting the territorial, maritime, aerial integrity of Motherland Nigeria to a fault.
    Detailing appropriate actions to be taken for any level of aggression by the enemy leading up to full scale conflict.
    Establishing a bridge of information connecting all service branches and internal agencies with basic and hierarchical powers defined to prevent conflict between arms..
    Explicitly stating the categories and threat levels expected with current realities internally and externally with the appropriate organs stated to attend to such levels of threats and a threshold of combination or overrule if the threat exceeds a particular level.(colour codes should be used)
    Detailing the scope and reach of the Armed forces in low threat theatres(Peace keeping missions ,Support missions, inter nation drills,joint combat.with a view of defending our interest and defining our limitations and expectations in such missions.
    Defining the role of Special Forces and special operator Forces within the context of extract,Terminate,reduce,Destroy and Silence select target regardless of the geo-graphical location.
    Defining the role of internal security organs in COIN and other high end opps as well as their improve capabilities at handling internal aggressions and threat..
    Creating a cohesive environement of inter service connectivity destroying or reducing Rivalry amongst branches
    – Content and thrust of local training:
    Our local training just as I stated before must be centered on Developing individual capabilities into unit cohesiveness through training geared at improving
    Intelligence under fire(forcing units to think their way out of a tight situations under fire)
    Effective firing discipline and command discipline
    Mental discipline and physical discipline plus a change of attitude towards towards their actions to civilians(giving them the sense of protectors rather than aggressors)
    Innovation:mid level officers should be trained and re trained on sustaining Nigerian field inventiveness regardless of the current situation at battle time…pushing them to using the necessity of the time to become inventive.
    Maintainer to upgrader: this deals with training our men to maintain their equipment while also challenging them to think outside the box thereby graduating them to create radical new changes which I consider as miantenace upgrades to real upgrades
    Dynamic Local tactics.every military has a set of techniques which are either indigenous to them or borrowed.throughout the duration of our COIN opps we have evolved from the static doctrine and tactics which were entrenched into the military to new creative solutions learned locally or otherwise and the resuscitation of old but necessary techniques which were either moribund or outrigtly forgotten in our former years of comatose.these dynamic local tactics should be integrated without delare into the training sequence of our service branches.
    Special attention should be placed on the adoption of the basics before the advanced, our NCO in all branches must be made to feel appreciated in all sense. psychological barriers created by strained attitudes between NCO and CO must be done away with.an NCO must realize the importance of his CO vise versa.they may be under your command but you are a commander.you lead they follow no the other way round.

  26. buchi says:

    i spent two hours re structuring my write up only for it to vanish #frustrated

  27. buchi says:

    oga beegz help abeg again and again and again i copy from Ms word 10 paste and upload and it just goes awol

  28. chynedoo says:

    All the contributions above are excellent, and I hope the people who make the decisions upstairs in the military will draw some ideas from all the contributions made. If I may add, there is something that is missing in our military authorities mentality to some of issues of technological challenge to repositioning Nigeria’s armed forces, and that is innovative competition. I could remember a few years back when JETS where very much a part of the secondary schools calendar. Nigerian junior engineers often came second and at times first in African competitions and even in world competitions at least a couple of times.
    The armed forces could benefit from such thinking. Maybe, the military authorities could device smart plans to attract bright engineers, technicians, mathematicians, scientists and many more by having a yearly competition for universities and secondary schools. Say, something like putting up adverts for a drone project, or the design of specific systems, such as rifles, military robots-utility robots could be a good start for mine sweeping and checking suspicious packages-and a prize could be announced and schools and individuals could enter these competitions, the best four teams could be given a further project to work on and the two best teams or individuals could then be hired by the military to work on specific programmes in civilian capacity under the military.
    In England, there used to be a programme called ‘robot wars’ and it was a magnet for robotic students and enthusiasts and some of the winning teams where hired by both government and private companies. DARPA has a similar programme running presently every year or two.
    Currently, the GCHQ puts adverts out in newspapers, gaming magazines, and even school notice boards. Some these ads (in fact most) are code-breaking puzzles, individuals who break such codes are then invited to the next stage of tests. MI5 uses similar tactics. So I think we need to try to recruit young and old bright Nigerians this way if we wish to develop our local production capabilities.
    Besides, while competition brings out the animals in us, it also brings out the innovative qualities in people and under the right direction, pooling talented individuals together who think alike often results in all sorts of outstanding creations. Nigerian military needs to bring out that scientific witchcraft in many of our young people and even the older generations. Innovative thinking is the only way to develop the military and Nigeria as a whole.
    A few years back we were all happy listening to Shina Peter’s Afrojuju and KWAM 1’s Fuji music and the raw localised vibes they contain, today Nigerian music is no longer a local delicacy because of competition and innovation. My point is, we need to stop restraining our abilities on military issues, and simply unleash the monster inside. I heard a few months back, two young seconday school teens fired up a homemade rocket somewhere in Okigwe sending villagers fleeing for their lives. When the police cornered them, they explained what they where trying to do, break the sound barrier and travel distance. So if those kids could think like that, it means we have people itching to unleash that sort of innovation. Some Chinese engineers who visited a certain state in Southern Nigeria narrated how they were shocked at the level of talent and innovation in Nigeria. Question is, why are the authorities not harnessing these talents?

    • Are James says:

      @mcshegz:
      More grease to elbows we all agree with #VICTORYFOR NIGERIA but…

      if you want to #FENCENIGERIANBORDERS you have to first #FINDTHEMONEY.

      The situation i am hearing on ground is not good in that money department.
      No fuel. no electricity and people being thrown out of work. Dangote was reported by no less a newspaper than ThisDay (not Sahara Reporters) to have visited Aso Rock threatening to close all his cement plants.
      Banks are working reduced hours. Salaries have not being paid for months et.c
      We have the Africa’s largest economy running on diesel fuel- almost unbelieveable!!!.
      Yet the billonaire fuel merchants say they are being owed billions because the bankers behind them have lent them money at 13% and at the end of the day everybody gets shafted.
      When you hear negativity from some of us and advice that we prioritize needs especially in the DefSec area, we are not being cruel we are just seen the graph too trending south in most things to be bright eyed about most things. i still think getting the air force in shape is a better use for our money.

      • mcshegz says:

        Oga Are James. I respect your hustle sir.
        i have always wondered without cease why countries in dire need of infrastructure think that they cannot print paper-money to achieve such developmental heights, how about collaborative human-labor, almost 200 million strong; Nigeria needs to start thinking outside the box to achieve greatness within a short period. Nigeria requires bridges, roads, railroads, houses, fences, all infrastructure with one or two required components which are all locally sourced and manufactured, which do not require any foreign currency. Whats wrong with the fed printing paper-money to build these urgently required infrastructure, all we need is the Naira, nothing else; pay Dangote for cement, pay the established contractors, pay the host communities; to the best of my knowledge, you need cement and steel to build bridges, railroads, and fences, even if we include electric wires, Coleman Wires & Cables Nigeria manufactures that too, pay NNPC and Oando for petrol, so what else do we need, permission from God? hehehehehe. Once the houses, bridges, railroad, and Fences are built, then the fed can tax, and receive payment for usage of such facilities, which will last for minimum 50 yrs
        In order to make #FenceNigerianBorders more economically attractive, i would suggest that we couple the border fence with border railroads, such that we have a Sokoto-Katsina-Gashua-Damasak-Bosso-Gambaru-Gwoza railroad; this will ensure that we derive not only the security impact of a border fence but also the economical impact of a border railroad, serving Nigeria and its neighbors; Niger and Chad. So i will modify our hashtag to #RailroadAndFenceNigerianBorders. Nigeria needs to continually build to develop, President-Elect does not need foreign powers or money to do that, all he needs is the power of the Naira. Build, Buhari, Build.
        PS: What can anybody do to America if and when it decides not to service its loans or devalue them like it has done for over 50 years: NADA, NUFFIN, ZILCH, they will just cry and go home, and that’s foreign held bonds o, why? because even amongst gross corruption and wastage, America has used all that money to build arguably the most potent military deterrent to its existence, not all the countries subsidizing the unending binge of the American government understand this. China understands this even better, that’s why China spend billions building roads, railroads and dams all over the world. Nigeria must build to survive, its not borrowing when its your’s, the Naira is ours,
        we do not have to borrow dollars to build 4th mainland bridge,
        we do not have to borrow dollars to #RailroadAndFenceNigerianBorders,
        we do not have to borrow dollars to build 2 million houses every year
        we do not have to borrow dollars to build underground sewage systems
        we do not have to borrow dollars to build underground metro systems
        we do not have to borrow dollars to build grand shopping malls in each state
        we do not have to borrow dollars to build 100 kms of railroad each year
        Just imagine, this is what we can do with the power of Naira and our local capacity alone.
        If the mantra of change, accountability and icorruptibility the new government chants is true, then i don’t see why Nigeria cant easily hit double digit growth in 2 yrs🙂

  29. buchi says:

    * TRAINING, DOCTRINE AND ORBAT
    – Adjustments to doctrine:
    Prior to the offensive against Bh,the doctrine of the NA was centered on containment and defence,a situation which exposed us to continous overwhelming attacks from the enemy resulting in loss of ground in the respective AOR. To ensure that such ugly incident never repeats itself both in future COIN and conventional engagement,the doctrine of our service branches must evolve around continous offense and defense when necessary,putting our strength first before our weaknesses, we must learn to push an enemy to his elastic limit while holding strategic objectives in any situation. we must inculcate the attitude of attack nd necessary defence, sabotage of enemy key positions and assets partially or fully in a way that it would hit then enemy.in a nut shell DESTROY THE ENEMY”S CAPABILITIES AND THEN THE ENEMY OR DESTROY HIS CAPABILITIES FRUSTRATE him and Force him into a tight corner where you have the ability to negotiate with the upper hand. Unit cohesiveness,firing discipline,intelligence under fire and strength of will when facing a more capable adversary plus the need for the continuous understanding of the need for the defense of motherland..
    We must strive to dominate our battle space against an enemy.especially an unequal one.much attention must be placed on dominating the Air and use of artillery.which makes the airforce and artillery units improvenment and modernization a must.our men must be made to fight with ease without losing precious lives
    Just as Gen D D Eisenhower once said “the aim of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his”
    Our training should begin to lose the ting of brutality that it has been associated with which has in turn breed a lot of brutes within the braches than Fighting Men, while pushing our men to the limits to bring out the best in them is important,the need for them to realize that the enemy is the enemy and civilians are not the enemy should be drummed into their heads..
    Continous and not annual Firing drills,war games,inter officers competitons, etc should be held to put our troops in a state of weapon alertness,strategy capability and situational awareness with Discipline on the highest agenda.emphasis should be placed on developing the mind and body and most importantly self will to over come a challenge..
    We should make every man that goes throught the Heat a fighting Man.
    Our orbat must be optimissed for full scale and all round defense and attack.
    For the army
    Armoured
    Improvement in the already existing no of T-72 tanks(a Nigerian upgrade package must be made and developed R and D important)with emphasis placed on capability and spread.the movernment to the T-90 tank must also commence within this period with a full option of tech transfer or in house maintenance and assembly or both for better capability.a totall number of 670 tanks(310 t-72 and 260 T-90 and possible 100 T-84 oplot this must come with a transfer package based on its maintenance issues)with should at least be attainable in the next four years.also emphasis must be placed on using this tanks as a launch pad for evolving our our MBT (through improvisation and reverse engineering).
    Our Mk eagle MBT and scorpion tanks should now become playthings(literarily) for NAEME and DICON with emphasis on putting up a full upgrade or conversion to a utility assets.
    Tracked vehicles.this should be the first point of call for our Local engineers,with the steryl ,MB-LT are available at a certain number in our armoury.Proforce outlook seems Good and should be encouraged
    APC nd MRAPs plus More utility:as stop gap measures a range of APCs and MRAPs have been acquired and fielded.however The igirirgi ,REVA,MOWAG,Steryl,BTR have proven their worth in the battle sequence hence in as much as we may want to procure more them,standardization sould be a key factor while local content must be a prority,hence the igrigi and leopard IFV must be made a must as first step while the REVA should continue to serve SF units,the MO WAG should be phased out or upgraded locally with more BTR should be acquired.
    CS3 bigfoot MRAP has come to stay,burying the assembly line with orders means the time is ripe for tech transfer to Nigeria or assembly establishment with a percentage of local content.Ikiri etc
    Utility vehicles like Mine sweepers,layers etc of advanced modes are also important,while not forgetting mobility comms vehicles and battle field detection and review vehicles.

  30. buchi says:

    * TRAINING, DOCTRINE AND ORBAT
    – Adjustments to doctrine:
    Prior to the offensive against Bh,the doctrine of the NA was centered on containment and defence,a situation which exposed us to continous overwhelming attacks from the enemy resulting in loss of ground in the respective AOR. To ensure that such ugly incident never repeats itself both in future COIN and conventional engagement,the doctrine of our service branches must evolve around continous offense and defense when necessary,putting our strength first before our weaknesses, we must learn to push an enemy to his elastic limit while holding strategic objectives in any situation. we must inculcate the attitude of attack nd necessary defence, sabotage of enemy key positions and assets partially or fully in a way that it would hit then enemy.in a nut shell DESTROY THE ENEMY”S CAPABILITIES AND THEN THE ENEMY OR DESTROY HIS CAPABILITIES FRUSTRATE him and Force him into a tight corner where you have the ability to negotiate with the upper hand. Unit cohesiveness,firing discipline,intelligence under fire and strength of will when facing a more capable adversary plus the need for the continuous understanding of the need for the defense of motherland..
    We must strive to dominate our battle space against an enemy.especially an unequal one.much attention must be placed on dominating the Air and use of artillery.which makes the airforce and artillery units improvenment and modernization a must.our men must be made to fight with ease without losing precious lives
    Just as Gen D D Eisenhower once said “the aim of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his”
    Our training should begin to lose the ting of brutality that it has been associated with which has in turn breed a lot of brutes within the braches than Fighting Men, while pushing our men to the limits to bring out the best in them is important,the need for them to realize that the enemy is the enemy and civilians are not the enemy should be drummed into their heads..
    Continous and not annual Firing drills,war games,inter officers competitons, etc should be held to put our troops in a state of weapon alertness,strategy capability and situational awareness with Discipline on the highest agenda.emphasis should be placed on developing the mind and body and most importantly self will to over come a challenge..
    We should make every man that goes throught the Heat a fighting Man.
    Our orbat must be optimissed for full scale and all round defense and attack.
    For the army
    Armoured and Mechanized
    Improvement in the already existing no of T-72 tanks(a Nigerian upgrade package must be made and developed R and D important)with emphasis placed on capability and spread.the movernment to the T-90 tank must also commence within this period with a full option of tech transfer or in house maintenance and assembly or both for better capability.a totall number of 670 tanks(310 t-72 and 260 T-90 and possible 100 T-84 oplot this must come with a transfer package based on its maintenance issues)with should at least be attainable in the next four years.also emphasis must be placed on using this tanks as a launch pad for evolving our our MBT (through improvisation and reverse engineering).
    Our Mk eagle MBT and scorpion tanks should now become playthings(literarily) for NAEME and DICON with emphasis on putting up a full upgrade or conversion to a utility assets.
    Tracked vehicles.this should be the first point of call for our Local engineers,with the steryl ,MB-LT are available at a certain number in our armoury.Proforce outlook seems Good and should be encouraged
    APC nd MRAPs plus More utility:as stop gap measures a range of APCs and MRAPs have been acquired and fielded.however The igirirgi ,REVA,MOWAG,Steryl,BTR have proven their worth in the battle sequence hence in as much as we may want to procure more them,standardization sould be a key factor while local content must be a prority,hence the igrigi and leopard IFV must be made a must as first step while the REVA should continue to serve SF units,the MOWAG should be phased out or upgraded locally with more BTR should be acquired.
    CS3 bigfoot MRAP has come to stay,burying the assembly line with orders means the time is ripe for tech transfer to Nigeria or assembly establishment with a percentage of local content.Ikiri etc
    Utility vehicles like Mine sweepers,layers etc of advanced modes are also important,while not forgetting mobility comms vehicles and battle field detection and observation vehicles.

  31. buchi says:

    * TRAINING, DOCTRINE AND ORBAT
    – Adjustments to doctrine:
    Prior to the offensive against Bh,the doctrine of the NA was centered on containment and defence,a situation which exposed us to continous overwhelming attacks from the enemy resulting in loss of ground in the respective AOR. To ensure that such ugly incident never repeats itself both in future COIN and conventional engagement,the doctrine of our service branches must evolve around continous offense and defense when necessary,putting our strength first before our weaknesses, we must learn to push an enemy to his elastic limit while holding strategic objectives in any situation. we must inculcate the attitude of attack nd necessary defence, sabotage of enemy key positions and assets partially or fully in a way that it would hit then enemy.in a nut shell DESTROY THE ENEMY”S CAPABILITIES AND THEN THE ENEMY OR DESTROY HIS CAPABILITIES FRUSTRATE him and Force him into a tight corner where you have the ability to negotiate with the upper hand. Unit cohesiveness,firing discipline,intelligence under fire and strength of will when facing a more capable adversary plus the need for the continuous understanding of the need for the defense of motherland..
    We must strive to dominate our battle space against an enemy.especially an unequal one.much attention must be placed on dominating the Air and use of artillery.which makes the airforce and artillery units improvenment and modernization a must.our men must be made to fight with ease without losing precious lives

  32. buchi says:

    og roscoe thanks for the tips still tried your suggestion and that off of oga rugged7 n
    status is negative i can still upload in bits.
    hence for now i ll stick to oga chyneedo’s posts hope he doesnt mind.when the issue goes down hopefully mine would be uploaded cheers

  33. beegeagle says:

    @Ola

    Russia granted Bangladesh a US$1bn loan with which to acquire Russian hardware. They are getting TWENTY FOUR Yak-130s while we are pursuing competing demands. Syria expect to take delivery of 36 units of Yak-130 as well.

    Compare Nigeria’s earning power to Bangladesh’s? Yet they have a larger population and are more acutely beset with competing demands.

    • buchi says:

      oga beegz pls check your mail

    • Ola says:

      Sir Beegs, thanks for bringing this up! The day Nigerian government develops the will power to move the country forward, Nigeria will be able to explore the opportunities out there and the nation will be great again.
      Here is what Nigeria can do for example.
      Nigeria can turn to Russia for a medium term military development in all sectors. If Nigeria signs a deal for 250 T90s with an agreement to assemble 100 of them in Nigeria and to have all the 250 pieces customised to our climate, primarily changing the engine cooling system and the ventilation system for the crew. Under a state to state agreement, Russia will agree that Uralvagonzavod should help Nigeria build an assembly plant in Nigeria. This should be built somewhere in the South west Nigeria and should eventually form the basis for our heavy Equipment Industries.
      At the same time, Nigeria can buy 3 squadrons of SU –30 with our own designations like the SU-30 MKKs, 1 Squadron of HAL FGFA, 2 Sqdrn of Yak 130 trainer, 2 Sqdrn of SU-25 -Dedicated ground attack platform and 30 Kamov Ka-52, Russia will sell this to Nigeria with 25% deposit of the cost, what more, Russia can be brought in from there to help us build an advanced service station where these air assets will be serviced, maintained and upgraded, this will be a start of a domestic military aviation industry. This can be in the North of the country.
      Lastly, we can buy 2 more P18N from China to be 75% built in Nigeria, this can turn Nigerdock to the bedrock of our military naval industry, where we move on to build our own frigates.
      What about turning our Niger Delta area into a submarine base?
      Just as the Bangladeshi and Syrian government have developed the will to grow, even with little, Nigeria can achieve a lot more if they develop the will!
      All the things listed here are achievable within 3-10 years, depending on how aggressively the government takes things

  34. ozed says:

    I just read in a news blog that Nigeria is about to sign a 20 year development agreement with the British Army for the retraining of the NA.

    http://www.nigeriadailynews.com/news/143875-nigerian-army-british-army-strategise-on-20-year-development-plan.html

    Frankly dont know what to make of this.

    It is arguable if the British Army has as much successful recent experience fighting insurgents in Africa as NA does. So what is our problem? Are we just too lazy to distill the various experiences into a doctrine?
    Just as we are too lazy to harness our tech skills to build a proper defense industry complex?

    What will the British Army be teaching us under this agreement that we cannot glean by organizing joint exercises and sending our key bright officers to defsec conferences?

    Am sorry but it just sounds like we want to be spoon fed. God forbid we ever encounter a full blown embargo. It might just be curtains for us if that ever happened!!

    • rugged7 says:

      I’m sick and tired of this attitude in the Nigerian top brass of always looking for an imperialist western nation to hold their hands and lecture them on the way forward..
      50 years after independence and more than a hundred years after slavery.
      These are the same western retards who have not been able to win an asymmetric warfare against any irregulars in the recent past.
      Nor have they learnt any lessons from their forays.
      It really makes one want to puke.
      Subservient drivel.
      20 year development plan my foot…

      • Roscoe says:

        There is a certain intellectual and mental laziness here, the UK army does have superior training doctrine to us (this is clear from their ability to execute maneuver warfare consistently) they do screw up monumentally also (see Basra), we do not need a 20 year training regime, we need to have a training doctrine that is repeatable. Budo has not changed in hundreds of years, all that has changed are the tools, war tactics and strategies are universal.

        Lack of training led to static lines of defense, uncontrolled fire and inability to execute maneuver warfare (same issues the Iraqis are facing) . Let us fix that, we do not need the Britsh to babysit our Military for 20 years.

      • Are James says:

        This is not an Anglo-Nigeria defence pact the kind that provoked riots in the 60s. It looks like a training deal targetting an entire generation of officers and grunts. The same officers will be exposed to other countries as well. We have not seen the letter of the agreement but the only thing that looms large is training. Let us not make much of an agreement the likes of which we have with Pakistan, India and only recently Russia. Nigeria is known for its variety in buying weaponry and services for its Army.
        British training is very good. The Nigerian officers who performed well in Liberia, Sierra Leone and other places were all UK trained. Our UAV dedigners went to Cranfied (yours truly will be there next week on his own self sponsored training btw). Murtala Muhammad /OBJ were Mons/ SandHurst trained but it did not stop them from pursuing their pet S.African liberation project and nationalizing BP. Idi Amin, Mugabe, Gadhafi, Nasser and many other current and ex African leaders who stood tall against the UK had UK education either in country or on the isles.

      • jimmy says:

        Thank you OGA AREJAMES The NAF also disclosed there are thirty-two people being trained in the USA to become Pilots.

  35. Oje says:

    Buhari is too smart for that. Mark my word after the inaugural ceremony Buhari will drop the diplomatic niceties and do what he does best : Project Nigeria’s military power” and defend our perimeter. Buhari is not under the illusion that Idris Derby or France is our ally, how do I know this? He told Amanpour “it is a Disgrace Chad has to do our fighting for us”, and he is right. That is the kind of leader Nigeria needs, a leader with clear cut strategic debt and resolve.

    • rugged7 says:

      Well, we wish him well, but don’t be surprised if what u see is not what u get…
      Don’t build ur expectations on men, for they will disappoint u.
      Just saying.
      Meanwhile, a president who is not back from his U.K trip 2 days b4 his inauguration is asking for trouble.
      Pray, what exactly would happen constitutionally, if Buhari, for some reason bordering on force majeure is unable to fly into the country tomorrow or next???

    • igbi says:

      Basically, the people heading the inauguration are all those who backstabbed us in this war against terrorism, plus a basketballer. What does this have to do with basketball ?

  36. freeegulf says:

    as patriots and military enthusiasts, our job here and critical thinking is highly commendable. however, i am afraid that we still havent asked the profound question.
    the core issue at the foundation is left unresolved. this is the issue of will power and NATIONAL VISION.

    we need to ask, what is our national vision? what do we envisage for nigeria as a country, in the context of an ever smaller globalized world? in view of regional context ( west and central africa ), african context, and the world stage, what is our strategic objective as a nation? if these basic questions are not satisfactorily answered, i m afraid we will continue to provide good advice, but will continue to scream into the wind with little effect.

    in the 70s and 80s, we had a clear foreign policy. we knew our enemies, our potential enemies, our near and distant adversaries, and we structured our armed forces to that effect. today however, things are different. no more boers running riot in southern africa, no more rhodesia holding zim from black majority rule. no more ghaddaffi thrusting into chad with grandiose plan. france though, is still very much in the picture, playing dirty tricks. however, our lack of strategic boldness means we are no longer a clear direct adversary to french afrique, just a potential threat, that needs to be watched closely.

    our internal chaos and dysfunctional society have made competing demand centered only on internal affairs. at such, our political masters are completely ignorant of the outside world and our place in it. we are now reduced to yes man at the UN (america ask us to condemn russia and we vote with our hands and feet. no more independent capacity resolve), we now wait for france to intervene, then we send forces as part of french led intervention in troubled spot even in our own neighbourhood. we now have leaders running to the Elysee palace pleading with the french president to ask cameroun to cooperate in our fight against some rag tag terrorists. chattam house has suddenly gained preeminence in our foreign policy thoughts. what happened to our independent initiative and bold resolve? even the economically difficult 90s did not erase our strong initiative. today, no, we are content to just send Nigbat contingents to UN PKOs, and reduce our army to ISOs here at home.

    we need a clear objective national strategy. until we fix this, our TOE, orbat, and wishlist we simply remain just a howling in the wind.

  37. freeegulf says:

    it is our clear objective national strategy that will determine how many divisions we need. the number of armoured divisions, stand alone brigades and special forces regts. the number of squadrons for the air force. the planes we actually need for these squadrons. and if the navy should concentrate on just protecting our EEZ by investing in OPVs and MPAs, or if they need a more expanding vision and acquire submarines, frigates, corvettes, LPDs, LHDs, raise combat infantry regts, and modernize our coastal defence architecture.

    thankfully, the navy seems to know where they are heading and have good strategic vision in place. they are in luck, our oil wealth demand a strong navy for offshore protection and safety.
    the army and air force on the other hand, have their goals completely tied to our current dysfunctional society, as such are subject to the whims and instability of it. buying those T-90 tanks or 4.5 gen multi role jets will depend on how convincing our top brass are in getting their objectives forward.

    the current reality is that the armed forces does not shape the national strategy, is the other way round. years of military misrule are gladly behind us. the sad part though, is that we are presently in no mood to move forward. its either fire brigade approach or nothing. a lot of deep thinking need to take place. without order and sincerity, we will continue in this disparaging manner wrt defence procurement and orbat

  38. buchi says:

    Our orbat must be optimissed for full scale and all round defense and attack.
    For the army
    Armoured
    Improvement in the already existing no of T-72 tanks(a Nigerian upgrade package must be made and developed R and D important)with emphasis placed on capability and spread.the movernment to the T-90 tank must also commence within this period with a full option of tech transfer or in house maintenance and assembly or both for better capability.a totall number of 670 tanks(310 t-72 and 260 T-90 and possible 100 T-84 oplot this must come with a transfer package based on its maintenance issues)with should at least be attainable in the next four years.also emphasis must be placed on using this tanks as a launch pad for evolving our our MBT (through improvisation and reverse engineering).
    Our Mk eagle MBT and scorpion tanks should now become playthings(literarily) for NAEME and DICON with emphasis on putting up a full upgrade or conversion to a utility assets.
    Tracked vehicles.this should be the first point of call for our Local engineers,with the steryl ,MB-LT are available at a certain number in our armoury.Proforce outlook seems Good and should be encouraged
    APC nd MRAPs plus More utility:as stop gap measures a range of APCs and MRAPs have been acquired and fielded.however The igirirgi ,REVA,MOWAG,Steryl,BTR have proven their worth in the battle sequence hence in as much as we may want to procure more them,standardization sould be a key factor while local content must be a prority,hence the igrigi and leopard IFV must be made a must as first step while the REVA should continue to serve SF units,the MOWAG should be phased out or upgraded locally with more BTR should be acquired.
    CS3 bigfoot MRAP has come to stay,burying the assembly line with orders means the time is ripe for tech transfer to Nigeria or assembly establishment with a percentage of local content.Ikiri etc
    Utility vehicles like Mine sweepers,layers etc of advanced modes are also important,while not forgetting mobility comms vehicles and battle field detection and review vehicles.

    A review of the doctrine tri-annually should be a must as a new defense doctrine must not be static.
    – Thrust of national DEFSEC policy:
    Our DEFSEC policy should center around
    Protecting the territorial, maritime, aerial integrity of Motherland Nigeria to a fault.
    Detailing appropriate actions to be taken for any level of aggression by the enemy leading up to full scale conflict.
    Establishing a bridge of information connecting all service branches and internal agencies with basic and hierarchical powers defined to prevent conflict between arms..
    Explicitly stating the categories and threat levels expected with current realities internally and externally with the appropriate organs stated to attend to such levels of threats and a threshold of combination or overrule if the threat exceeds a particular level.(colour codes should be used)
    Detailing the scope and reach of the Armed forces in low threat theatres(Peace keeping missions ,Support missions, inter nation drills,joint combat.with a view of defending our interest and defining our limitations and expectations in such missions.
    Defining the role of Special Forces and special operator Forces within the context of extract,Terminate,reduce,Destroy and Silence select target regardless of the geo-graphical location.
    Defining the role of internal security organs in COIN and other high end opps as well as their improve capabilities at handling internal aggressions and threat..
    Creating a cohesive environement of inter service connectivity destroying or reducing Rivalry amongst branches
    – Content and thrust of local training:
    Our local training just as I stated before must be centered on Developing individual capabilities into unit cohesiveness through training geared at improving
    Intelligence under fire(forcing units to think their way out of a tight situations under fire)
    Effective firing discipline and command discipline
    Mental discipline and physical discipline plus a change of attitude towards towards their actions to civilians(giving them the sense of protectors rather than aggressors)
    Innovation:mid level officers should be trained and re trained on sustaining Nigerian field inventiveness regardless of the current situation at battle time…pushing them to using the necessity of the time to become inventive.
    Maintainer to upgrader: this deals with training our men to maintain their equipment while also challenging them to think outside the box thereby graduating them to create radical new changes which I consider as miantenace upgrades to real upgrades
    Dynamic Local tactics.every military has a set of techniques which are either indigenous to them or borrowed.throughout the duration of our COIN opps we have evolved from the static doctrine and tactics which were entrenched into the military to new creative solutions learned locally or otherwise and the resuscitation of old but necessary techniques which were either moribund or outrigtly forgotten in our former years of comatose.these dynamic local tactics should be integrated without delare into the training sequence of our service branches.
    Special attention should be placed on the adoption of the basics before the advanced, our NCO in all branches must be made to feel appreciated in all sense. psychological barriers created by strained attitudes between NCO and CO must be done away with.an NCO must realize the importance of his CO vise versa.they may be under your command but you are a commander.you lead they follow no the other way round.
    Joint training between different formation on a quarterly basis is a must to create synegy ,build brotherhood and most importantly familiarity with each other workings in case

  39. Oje says:

    Pax Nigeriana will only begin to takeep root if we can once again be the pre eminent military power in not just techie region but Africa. I remember when Mali was under the grip of Islamic terror, the first country the world looked up to intervene diplomatically and militarily was Nigeria, and this was by default. We fucked up big time.

  40. buchi says:

    – Foreign training partnershiips for conventional and special operations
    In the light of the almost 5yr COIN opps the grand oppurtuity has been given to us to to vetb our allies and friends from our detractors hence a
    For foreign partnership our lists should not be limited to traditional allies who have show all out support for us in the process of the this COIN opps
    Pakistan:concerted efforts must be made to improve our already existing partnership with the paks beyond the current trajectory
    Advanced training for our SOF and Sf forces via SOG and other arms,probably tech transfer agreement on their own part of the thunder program and future aerial assets, improved partnership in naval warfare especially Sub training,maintenance,tactics and advanced programmes,joint drills with the PAK airforce(especially)
    Belarus:improved partnership on Naval maintenance and upgrade with a deal to facilitate the development of our current naval development platform intiative,Sf training on a much larger scale.
    Poland/Ukraine:traditionally Ukraine can be described as always available for us when the going gets tough hencet
    A join partnership with Autokraz with options for company setup and an minimum of 52% tech transfer.also polish military modification company Excalibur should be partnered by DICON with the sole purpose of enabling swift development and advice to DICON,PRoforce or any other Defense company about indigenious upgrade and sequence of production enablinmg us grow with them.
    SF forces training especially for the NAF QRS special squads,plus army SF with greater emphasis on temperate warfare.
    Russia:the big man with the big stick,has always been available when we have always woken up from our self deluding western slumber.the new roadmap must focus on graduating from purchasing equipnment in bits and thru third parties on extingency measures.to full scale partnership especially in the area of production development and improvement,also wielding our right cardswe can get the ruskies to cough out a number of tech transfer especially on certain aircrafts in the pipeline,a well thought out and binding defense pact should be signed with the Russians with clauses on establishment of offshoot companies ,factories for assemblage and gradual local development,we must seek to improve our relationship with our strategic interests close to our minds while give our red lines to the full understanding of our ally.
    Pilot training and retraining plus maintenance and seamless purasing channels
    SF training for the army,naval advanced infantry for the navy.
    Missile defence partnership both in training and supply
    Electronic and cyber warfare partnership..
    Military science engagements.
    China: one may query the reliability of Chinese equipnments at one time or the fact remains that in terms of efficiency and getting the job done,their ability to mass produce and fill in the gaps makes their doctrine exceptional, as they continue evolving new ways and methods of improving their defense and orbat.their penchant for reverse engineering is extremely the way to go,hence we could evolve our partnership with china from simply purchasing their defense equipment to
    A comprehensive partnership agreement on at least 2 models of UAV(ch3 and
    Including maintenance(in house),assemblage, dewveloping local varients alongside the amebo and gulma UAV(2 nd 2 together),improving local content and establishment of research and development complexes
    STEALTH technology with special emphasis on J-10 and j 31 plus the rest of additional utilities especially on tank destroyers and type 99 tanks
    Mass production and partnership on the faranwa jet trainer with a future fighter faranwa FURY in the near future.
    Naval joint drills with PLAN and emphasis on improved anti sub techniques the Chinese way(Nigeria has their own way)
    US and UK: improved SF partnership plus techniques transfer. A few equipment in between (I have no confidence in this). Aroubust and gradual development in different aspects previously mentioned..

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