Army reforms: Govt approves Deputy Chief of Strategy post

Written by Krishn Kaushik
| New Delhi |

Updated: December 4, 2020 4:26:09 am

Indian Army recruitment rally in Secunderabad from January 18 to February 28. Representational image/ file

A MAJOR restructure at the Army Headquarters, the need for which was first felt during the 2017 Doklam crisis, has finally been approved by the government. In an order issued on December 2, the government has given its nod to create the position of a third Deputy Chief of Army, who will act as a “single-point advice” person to the Vice Chief of Army on operational issues.

The new Deputy Chief (Strategy) will head operations, intelligence, perspective and information warfare. The Directorate General of Military Operations and the Directorate General of Military Intelligence, both headed by Lieutenant General-rank officers, will be under him. Two new offices, for Perspective Planning and Strategic Communications, which will also be headed by director generals of Lt Gen-rank, will also come under the new Deputy Chief.

Current DGMO Lt Gen Paramjit Singh is likely to be appointed the first Deputy Chief (Strategy). Sources in the defence establishment said that since the sanction letter has been received from the government, the changes will start rolling out immediately.

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