The contracting envelope of the defence budget makes it all the more imperative to create dual use infrastructure through civil-military fusion, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Bipin Rawat said, calling for integrating civil and military ecosystems to optimise resource utilisation.
“The existing segregated nature of defence and commercial industry ecosystems restricts our capabilities and capacities in making defence equipment. Integrating civil and military technology efforts is the way forward towards for self-reliance,” Gen. Rawat said speaking at a webinar conducted by the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies.
On triservice integration, Gen. Rawat said the joint study groups on integrated air defence command, integrated theatre commands and maritime theatre command have brought out their papers which are “being iterated, deliberated and further refined so that firm steps can be taken to operationalise them in the next 2-3 years.”
For this, Gen. Rawat said they have set timelines for the transformation to be effective, and in the first year, they are examining and evolving concepts.
“It should be followed by a year dedicated to trails, test bedding and aligning of structures,” he said, adding the next two years would lead to stabilisation of integrated structures and processes.