30th August 2019 08:13:58 Hours
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army in his welcome note at the Colombo ‘Defence Seminar - 2019’ said this morning (29) that the Seminar has been designed to share our experiences, not only necessarily our successes, but also the debacles endured by us. In this era of information, where success depends on how best information is received and processed, we strongly believe that information should be shared among like-minded Nations.
Here are the excerpts of his welcome address;
“It is my great pleasure and honour to warmly welcome you all to the Colombo Defence Seminar - 2019 the 9th of its kind.
Your presence here today is a true testament to the contribution made by the Colombo Defence Seminar since its inception in 2010. I would like to reiterate the fact that the Colombo Defence Seminar was designed to share our experiences, not necessarily our successes but also the debacles endured by us. In this era of information, where success depends on how best information is received and processed, we strongly believe that information should be shared among like-minded Nations.
I’m also reminded of what Einstein once said. He said that he did not know what weaponry would be used in World War 3, but he was sure that rocks and sticks will be used during world war 4.
In today’s context, we are embarking on a robotic age and it prompts us to embrace technology. When I dwell upon Einstein’s statement, it makes me hesitant in unquestioningly embracing technology. Human involvement in security is something that cannot be written off hastily.
My mind is also challenged by corporate world thinking, such as the Triple Bottom Line concept (People, Planet and Profit). I strongly believe that the future of the modern day military will have to fall in line with such concepts, while preserving its identity as a Military, which is the sole protector of a sovereign Nation, and who also plays a significant role in Nation-building.
The final thought that I leave with you is to ponder on how the Military will operate in a multicultural society setting and how ‘complexity theory’ could be applied in unraveling the unknown.
I wish all the participants in this year’s Defence Seminar a worthwhile and a pleasurable experience. Further, I take this opportunity to convey my best wishes to all foreign delegates who travelled across the oceans to take part in this year’s Seminar. May you have meaningful dialogue and exchange views of mutual benefit”.