Cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy have been given an opportunity to be trained by the Nigerian Communications Commission on the use of Information and Communication Technology in modern warfare.
The training which has been organised by NCC aims to promote the integration of ICT into the military infrastructure of Nigeria and to enhance the capabilities of the country’s armed forces in the realm of modern warfare, The Punch reports.
This development was revealed by the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of NCC, Prof Umar Danbata, when Officers Cadet of course 72 of the NDA, Department of Computer Science visited the commission in Abuja on Monday.
Speaking on the importance of ICT, Danbata noted that no country or military institution should take electronics combat readiness for granted while instructing the Nigerian military to do more in that aspect.
He also made other comments on the reason they need then training. He said the potential of Nigeria in terms of cyberspace warfare will be determined by the ideas put forth by the Cadets, adding that the wars could be fought and won in cyberspace without the physical combat readiness of troops, asserting that Information and Communications Technology has become a key factor in winning wars nowadays.
In his words, “Electronics combat readiness entails destroying the enemy without physically engaging them. The software you invent can be tested and applied to locate enemy positions, cut the enemy off from the Command and Control Centres and inflict maximum damage on the enemy.”
He, however, encouraged the Cadets to explore software innovations and develop applications or platforms that can be utilised to enhance the safety and security of Nigeria’s cyberspace, both from external and internal threats.