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Armed forces come out with two joint doctrines

The armed forces today released two important doctrines on joint air-land operations and on perception management-cum-psychological endevour aimed at creating requisite synergy among the Army, Navy and Air Force for enhancing their coordinated fighting capabilities.

delhi Updated: Jun 16, 2010 19:02 IST

The armed forces on Wednesday released two important doctrines on joint air-land operations and on perception management-cum-psychological endevour aimed at creating requisite synergy among the Army, Navy and Air Force for enhancing their coordinated fighting capabilities.

The two doctrines have been formulated by the Doctrine Directorate of Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) Headquarters, a tri-service organisation created after the 1999 Kargil war to achieve synergy in the operations of Army, Navy and Air Force.

"The two doctrines will create the requisite synergy between the three Services in important military matters and will go a long way towards enhancing joint fighting capabilities of Indian armed forces," a Defence Ministry released in New Delhi said.

IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik, who is also the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, released the two joint operational doctrines in New Delhi. Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma and Army Chief General V K Singh were present on the occasion.

The joint doctrine for Air-Land Operations would serve as the cornerstone doctrinal document for employment of military power in a joint operations scenario with the use of the Army's infantry, armoured and artillery strength alongside the Air Force's fire power.

It establishes the framework of concepts and principles to understand the approach to planning and conduct of air-land operation in a conventional war scenario.

The joint doctrine lays down organisations and procedures that would leverage the available technology towards synergistic application of air power, the release said.

The doctrine on Military Psychological Operations is a policy, planning and implementation document that aims to create a conducive environment for the armed forces to operate by using the communication media available with the armed forces.

It constitutes a planned process of conveying a message to select target audience, to promote particular themes that result in desired attitudes and behaviour, which affect the achievement of political and military objectives of the country, the release said.

"Given the potential benefit of psychological operations as an effective force multiplier, its use in support of military aims and objectives is considerable," it added.

The doctrine also provides guidelines for activities related to perception management in sub-conventional operations -- such as the counter-insurgency efforts in Jammu and Kashmir and the North Eastern states -- in an internal environment wherein misguided population may have to be brought into the mainstream.

In the last couple of years, the Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters has brought out a series of joint warfare doctrines including one on amphibious warfare.