Indian armed forces ‘move fast’ to ensure joint warfare doctrine

New Delhi: India is moving rapidly towards the union of the three services of the armed forces and the effort is to have common logistics nodes so that the resources of one service can be made available to the other seamlessly, said Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday.

Addressing an army logistics seminar here, the Union minister also said that India had made rapid progress in the rail sector and more than 9,000 km of lines had been doubled in the over the past seven years. The corresponding figure was only 1,900 km in the five years to 2014, he said.

The opening ceremony of the seminar was attended by Chief of Army General Manoj Pande, IAF Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and Chief of Navy Admirk R Hari Kumar and NITI member Aayog VK Saraswat among others.

The Minister of Defence, in his address, spoke of the necessary synergy and fusion between the civil and military stakeholders, and affirmed that the presence of representatives of different sectors of the two parties showed the “commitment” of achieve the goal as India stood on the threshold. of an ‘Amrit Kaal’.

“We are moving quickly towards the union of the three services,” said Singh, and added that “our effort is to have common logistics nodes so that the resources of one service can be made available to other services. transparently”.

And logistics is one of the areas that has benefited the most from this articulation, he said at the event held at the Manekshaw Center in Delhi Cantonment.

Joint Warfare – What is it?

Joint warfare is a military doctrine that prioritizes the integration of the various service branches of a state’s armed forces into a single unified command.

Joint warfare is essentially a larger-scale form of combined arms warfare, in which the complementary forces of a state’s army, navy, air, and special forces are expected to work together in joint operations, rather than planning and executing military operations. separated from each other.

The US Department of Defense, which endorses joint warfare as overriding doctrine for its forces, describes it as “team warfare,” which “requires the integrated and synchronized application of all appropriate capabilities. The resulting synergy maximizes combat capability in unified action. .”

What has been India’s progress in joint warfare?

Following the Kargil War in 1999, the Kargil Review Board was set up to examine where India went wrong during the limited war with Pakistan and suggest changes to the security apparatus Consequently.

Subsequently, a group of ministers was formed and in turn four working groups. Among the many recommendations proposed were “the integration of the services between them and with the Ministry of Defence, the creation of a chief of staff of the armies and joint operational commands”.

One of these essential elements of the joint is the evolution of a joint doctrine for the armed forces. The battlefields of the future are becoming increasingly complex. Joint doctrine will unite joint forces in the future battlespace.

Unique service doctrines have unique leanings in the practice of warfare. At first, attempts to move towards a common perspective may seem difficult to achieve or cross-departmental issues may seem intractable. However, such problems are not insurmountable.

India currently has two fully functional unified commands – the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) established in 2001 and the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) established in 2003.

There are currently 17 unique service commands – 7 Army, 7 Air Force, and 3 Navy. Each of these commands is located on a separate base.

As of 2020, the Air Defense Command is the first command undertaken. Integrated commands constituted as specialized service providers have also been constituted: Defense Cyber ​​Agency, Defense Space Agency and the Special Operations Division of the Armed Forces which are agencies of the integrated defense staff.

The Defense Cyber ​​Agency may continue to train Information Warfare Command.

Other proposed commands include Logistics Command and Training and Doctrine Command. The Integrated Defense Staff and the Defense Planning Committee are an integral part of the dramatization process.

In February 2020, General Bipin Rawat said two to five theater orders were under consideration.

(with PTI entries)

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