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Studies on theatre commands, fixing structure under DMA part of CDS’s 100-day plan

From internal studies led by senior ranking officers on working out the establishment of theatre and joint commands to fixing the structure of the DMA and allocating responsibilities, these are part of the first 100-days agenda of the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat.

The agenda will focus on creating a roadmap on what work needs to be done first and in ensuring better jointness and integration between the army, air force and navy.

The Headquarter Integrated Defence Staff–comprising officials from the defence services– under the CDS has begun studies on establishing joint commands, officials explained. For example, there is a study on having an Air Defence Command, while others are on implementing commands on logistics and training.

The cross-staffing of these commands will also have to be worked out. Similarly, there are studies on having theatre commands. The CDS, earlier this month, had said that there will be a Peninsula command responsible for India’s exclusive economic zones. Theatre commands will also be created out of the existing northern, western and eastern commands facing Pakistan and China.

The structure of the newly created Department of Military Affairs (DMA) under the CDS is also being worked out with the top layer being finalised. A proposal for appointing two-star rank officers from the defence services as joint secretaries of the DMA has been sent to the government for approval.

These officers are Major General Narayanan, Rear Admiral R K Dhir, and Air Vice Marshal SK Jha. The existing pool of joint secretaries in the defence ministry are civilian bureaucrats. The DMA is the 5th department under the ministry.

The DMA has also sent a proposal for appointing Lieutenant General rank officers as Additional Secretaries there.

Rawat had earlier said that posts of six joint secretaries have been created under him. Four posts will be held by military officers, while the remaining two by IAS officials.

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