Military leaders will have to match political vision behind theaterisation: CDS

Military leaders will have to match political vision behind theaterisation: CDS

The Indian defence forces don’t need to copy western models of theatre commands and can instead work out a mechanism for establishing such commands that will suit the army, air force and navy to work together, newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday.

He also said the Indian armed forces had always stayed away from politics and worked according to the government’s directives, amid allegations that the military was being politicised. The new CDS was addressing the media after inspecting a tri-services guard of honour, where the three service chiefs were also present.

General Rawat said as the CDS, he would strive for ensuring “jointness” and synergy among the three services within the three-year timeline set by the government. He would also work towards a mechanism that suits Indian requirements for theatre commands, an idea that the air force had earlier opposed. “I think there are methods of doing theaterisation. I think we are copying western methods and what others have done. We can have our own systems and will work out our mechanisms through an underst .

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