chapter  4
The Structural Factor
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The chapter discerns the impact of the structure in terms of developments in regional security, changes in India's strategic doctrine, and, in turn, the evolution of military doctrine. The National Security Advisory Board's Draft Nuclear Doctrine was presented to the government in August 1999 (NSAB 1999). The expectation that the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) would undertake India's maiden Strategic Defence Review (SDR) as a preview to formulating the national security doctrine has been belied. Notwithstanding persisting hurdles, Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) with Pakistan continued. The presence of the United States in the vicinity in the form of the Global War on Terror (GWOT) was significant for Pakistan. In India with the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) set to grow at the rate of 9 per cent, even if the military budget is pegged at 2 per cent as at present, money will not be a constraint.