Top Army Commanders Discuss Synergy Between Services

Indian Army

New Delhi. Months after the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the creation of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) with overall charge of the three Service, top commanders of the Army deliberated on creating arrangements and structures to bring synergy in operational functioning with the Navy and Air Force.

This synergy between the three services is also a follow up to the Prime Minister Modi’s policy directive for tri-services coordination two months ago.

At a key conference here, the top commanders also felt that a Joint Services Act will facilitate faster integration of operation of the three forces, besides enhancing combat overall combat capabilities, official sources said.

At present, each service works under provisions of individual Act passed by Parliament.

The commanders also decided to roll out at the earliest new training module at different levels to include various operational dimensions like space warfare and artificial intelligence.

As part of the training, the Army commanders have decided to focus on rolling out ‘honour code’ in officers training academies to instill moral and ethical standards wherein individual cadets are trained to behave as desired as per service ethos of the force, sources said.

In case of aberrations, there will be a self-correcting mechanism. The system of honour code was discussed in details which has been compared with international academies and it has been decided to roll it out, the sources said.

On enhancing coordination with the Navy and the Indian Air Force, the sources said the commanders discussed about creating arrangements and structures to achieve the goal of “jointmanship”.

The government has began work on creating the CDS by January next year.

The commanders, as part of a six-day deliberations from Monday, also discussed ongoing restructuring of the Army headquarters following some approvals accorded by the government.