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IAF chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria. (File photo)

IAF spells out concerns on theaterisation; CDS differs

By Rahul Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2021 01:00 AM IST
Bhadauria also differed with Rawat’s assessment that IAF was “a supporting arm to the armed forces” and countered the CDS’s statement saying air power has “a huge role to play” in any integrated battle area.
The government expects chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat to bring about jointness among the three services by January 2023.(PTI)
The government expects chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat to bring about jointness among the three services by January 2023.(PTI)

Theaterisation of Armed Forces: Decoding the new approach to defence

By Rahul Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2021 08:21 PM IST
  • Theaterisation has the full backing of the government, and it expects chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat to bring about jointness among the three services by January 2023.
Disengagement process on along the LAC in Ladakh in February. The region, along with the country’s borders with Pakistan, comes under the jurisdiction of the Udhampur-based Northern Command.(AFP)
Disengagement process on along the LAC in Ladakh in February. The region, along with the country’s borders with Pakistan, comes under the jurisdiction of the Udhampur-based Northern Command.(AFP)

Northern Command kept out of theaterisation ambit

By Rahul Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2021 07:06 AM IST
The Udhampur-based Northern Command is responsible for guarding the country’s borders with Pakistan and China in the north, and is the nerve centre of counterterrorism operations in Jammu & Kashmir.
The Indian Army and the Indian Air Force have seven commands each, while the Indian Navy has three.(AFP file photo)
The Indian Army and the Indian Air Force have seven commands each, while the Indian Navy has three.(AFP file photo)

In theaterisation transition plan, emergency return to status quo

By Rahul Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2021 01:38 AM IST
Theaterisation refers to merging specific commands of the army, navy and air force, and placing them under a theatre commander. Such theatre commands are to be led by an officer from any of the three services, depending on the roles assigned to them.
CDS General Bipin Rawat said the armed forces , after several rounds of discussions , have done a lot of work on what kind of joint structures should be set up.(ANI)
CDS General Bipin Rawat said the armed forces , after several rounds of discussions , have done a lot of work on what kind of joint structures should be set up.(ANI)

Theaterisation will overcome hurdles: Rawat

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2021 02:32 AM IST
“These hurdles are also necessary as they make us realise that more discussions are required (to iron out the details of the plan). We are taking the theaterisation plan forward with more discussions,” chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi talking to Gen Bipin Rawat before he took over as Chief of Defence Staff with the mandate of raising theatre commands.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi talking to Gen Bipin Rawat before he took over as Chief of Defence Staff with the mandate of raising theatre commands.

Indian Army and Navy favour theatre commands, Air Force plays the lone ranger

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 21, 2021 09:00 AM IST
While the Indian Army and Navy are in favour of military theatre commands, the Indian Air Force has issues over division of its air assets, nomenclature of commands, leadership of theatre commands and dilution of powers of chiefs.
CDS General Bipin Rawat’s mandate includes bringing about jointness in operations, logistics, transport, training, support services and repairs and maintenance of the three services. (AFP PHOTO).
CDS General Bipin Rawat’s mandate includes bringing about jointness in operations, logistics, transport, training, support services and repairs and maintenance of the three services. (AFP PHOTO).

Military leaders will have to match political vision behind theaterisation: CDS

By Rahul Singh | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2021 09:44 PM IST
  • General Bipin Rawat said the Indian armed forces face greater challenges than any other military in the world and India urgently needs to bring about structural reforms in higher defence and operational organisations.
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