By Maung Aung Myoe
Ever considering the fact that Myanmar regained her independence in January 1948, the Tatmadaw (Myanmar militia) has been an important in restoring and preserving legislations and order. it really is probably the most very important associations in Myanmar politics. quite a few points of the Tatmadaw were studied. the main outstanding region of research has been the political position of the army. This examine appears on the organizational improvement of the Myanmar military. It analyses 4 varied elements of the Tatmadaw: army doctrine and procedure, association and strength constitution, armament and strength modernization, and armed forces education and officer schooling. It units out defense perceptions and rules, charting advancements in every one section opposed to the placement on the time, and likewise notes the contributions of the best actors within the procedure. due to the fact that early Nineteen Nineties, the Tatmadaw has applied a strength modernization programme. This paintings reports rationales and process at the back of the strength modernization programme and examines the army services of the Tatmadaw. Drawing greatly from archival resources and current literature, this empirically grounded study argues that, whereas the interior armed defense chance to the nation maintains to play a major position, it's the exterior safeguard danger that offers extra weight to the growth and modernization of the Tatmadaw due to the fact 1988. It additionally argues that, regardless of its imperfections, the Tatmadaw has reworked from a strength basically for counter-insurgency operations right into a strength able to scuffling with in restricted traditional battle.
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21 Commodore Thaung Tin, then Vice-Chief of Staff (Navy), proposed a new military doctrine. In his report, Commodore Thaung Tin surveyed the political situation in the post-Second World War period, the political situation of Myanmar, the order of battle and military doctrine of the Tatmadaw, and possible forms of warfare in Myanmar. 22 There were two basic themes in the discussions of this period. One was counter-insurgency; the other was preparation to fight a foreign invasion, in case the war in Indochina spilled over the border.
This training plan was designed to incorporate the concepts of “total war” and “people’s war”. 26 However, this mass mobilization plan never materialized. The 1964 Tatmadaw conference had also discussed the formation of people’s militias as a practical step to implement the “people’s war” doctrine. The Directorate of Training and Planning, under the Ministry of Defence, submitted a draft proposal on “Facts in Relation to the Training of People’s Militias”. The significance of this document was the link between the “people’s war” doctrine and counter-insurgency.
In the present time, weapons based on data processing are being used. Manoeuvre, firepower, protection and leadership are sine qua non for combat power. The advantage of modern warfare is the use of electronic technology. In the field of command, control, communication and intelligence, information and digital technologies are being applied. Electronic warfare is to be waged and to be countered with electronic counter intelligence/measures and counter sabotage. 67 (Italics is mine) In connection with the RMA, it appears that the Tatmadaw has undertaken a number of studies on electronic and information warfare.