After the “momentous” step of appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), the next logical move in military reforms would be to set up integrated theatre commands to synergies the capabilities of the three services during war and peace, Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane said on Wednesday.
At the same time, Gen Naravane said the process to set up the theatre commands needed to be deliberate, thoughtful and well-considered , and its fruition will take a number of years .
Speaking at an event at the College of Defence Management in Secunderabad, the chief of the 1.3 million-strong Army said there was a need for everyone to work in a spirit of togetherness and trust with the national security interests being of paramount importance.
He added a note of caution and said that there might be a requirement for mid-course corrections , according to a statement released by the Army here.
The Chief of Army Staff said he was optimistic about the future of integration of the armed forces, which he said was an inevitability as it would lead to tri-services synergy and optimization of resources.
he comments by Gen Naravane reflected the force’s thinking as well as readiness to support the mega theaterisation plan being undertaken by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat to enhance the combat capabilities of the armed forces.
In the course of his address, the Chief of Army Staff spoke on a number of issues concerning integration, theaterisation and modernization of the armed forces in general and the Indian Army in particular.
It was a momentous one and that the services needed to demonstrate great wisdom and statesmanship in enabling the Chief of Defence Staff, a long standing demand of the armed forces”, he said referring to the appointment of the CDS.
“He added that the next logical step in the process of defence reforms was the ‘formation of Integrated Theatre Commands to synergies the capabilities and combat potential of the three services during war and peace’,” the Army said in its release.
Gen Naravane also spoke about the current security scenario and focused on the geostrategic implications on capability development of the Indian Army.
The government had appointed Gen Rawat as CDS on December 31 to bring in convergence among the three services and restructure military commands to effectively deal with future challenges.