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'Jointness is key for Armed Force military operations’

india Updated: Jun 22, 2009 18:34 IST
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Effectiveness in future military operations will depend heavily on “jointness” and how well the respective Armed Forces can communicate and coordinate their efforts on the battlefield, a top defence official said today.

Sub-conventional wars, which include guerrilla warfare, insurgency, low intensity conflict, proxy war and armed violence, seem to have acquired greater intensity and would continue to unfurl increasing responsibilities and challenges, Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (DCIDS) Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja said.

Addressing participant officers of the Higher Defence Management Course that commenced at College of Defence Management (CDM) here, Kukreja said, “To prepare for the future, it requires us to think differently and develop the kind of forces and capabilities that can quickly adapt to new challenges and unexpected circumstances.”

“Effectiveness in future operations will depend heavily on jointness, how well the different branches of our military can communicate and coordinate their efforts on the battlefield,” he said, adding, “achieving jointness in wartime requires building jointness in peacetime.”

He also said the CDM is a standing embodiment of true integration and the culture of “jointmanship” is instilled in all facets of its training curriculum.

The 26/11 attack and likes of it around the world, have thrown traditional concepts and doctrines that governed national security in disarray, Kukreja said.

“From a classical citadel defence system that most of us were familiar with, we have to now seek and engage the enemy before he can effect a threat of any consequence. Thus, rather than pure hard power, soft power may prove to be a potent weapon and actionable intelligence a much sought after commodity,” he said.

“To meet the challenges of national security in the most apt manner and in your respective environment, you must adopt the role of ‘change agents´ in bringing about and realising a culture of ‘jointmanship´,” he suggested.

Constant professional studies through intellectual foundations and planning processes will back up and strengthen performance in times to come, he said.

Commenting on shortage of officers in Indian Army, Kukreja, later told reporters that “The shortage of officers has been there since long. It will take some time to get filled. With regard to Air Force, the intake has been more in the last two years.”

The Higher Defence Management (Course-5) is being attended by 110 officers from the three services, Coast Guard and friendly foreign countries.