Top committee constituted for wider consultations after integrated military commands hit hurdle

By Times Of India

India’s quest for unified military commands to build an integrated land-air-sea warfighting machinery has yet again hit a major roadblock. A committee has now been formally constituted to resolve internal differences within the armed forces as well as consult external stakeholders like the home and finance ministries.

The committee, including the vice chiefs of Army, Navy and IAF, chief of integrated defence staff and representatives from the defence as well as the other ministries and departments, will look into the “structure, composition, nomenclature and reporting channels” of the new tri-Service commands to be created, said sources on Friday.

“The committee will resolve the various issues and recommend the way forward before the final note is prepared for the Cabinet Committee on Security’s approval,” said a source.

As per the plan being spear-headed by chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat, an Air Defence Command (ADC) led by the IAF and a Maritime Theatre Command (MTC) under the Navy were to be set up this year.

Three “land theatre commands” under the Army for the western border with Pakistan, and northern and eastern ones with China, were then to be created, as was earlier reported by TOI.

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