Integration of armed forces is inevitable, says Army Chief MM Naravane

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Updated: October 22, 2020 7:11:32 am

Army Chief General M M Naravane. (Express Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Addressing the officers of the Higher Defence Management Command at the College of Defence Management (CDM), Army Chief General M M Naravane called the creation of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) and appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) a “momentous” decision and said the next logical step would be the creation of integrated theatre commands.

The Army said in a statement that General Naravane “spoke on a number of issues concerning integration, theaterisation and modernisation of the armed forces in general and the Indian Army in particular”.

According to the statement, he called the government’s decision to appoint the CDS and create the DMA “momentous” and said the services needed to “demonstrate great wisdom and statesmanship in enabling the CDS, a long-standing demand of the Armed Forces”.

Naravane said the next logical step in the process of defence reforms was the “formation of Integrated Theatre Commands to synergise the capabilities and combat potential of the three services during war and peace” and advised that this process will be “deliberate, thoughtful and well considered” and its fruition will…

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