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Operation Dakshin Shakti is underway in parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan | Twitter/@IaSouthern

Army begins major theatre-level exercise along western border, first since Covid pandemic

Army sources say Exercise Dakshin Shakti, under Southern Command, is designed to validate new concepts and doctrines for integration of armed forces and border-guarding forces.
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Gulf War to Vietnam to Balakot—role of air force offers lessons for theatre command planners

It is a dichotomy that the Army, while realising the utility of en mass firepower of an artillery division, does not apply the same rationale to air power.
Representational image of an Indian Army convoy moving through Ladakh | Photo: ANI

No consensus yet on structure of theatre commands, discussions, tweaks to continue

The original plan envisaged for theaterisation may be tweaked, this could mean that the number and the structure of theatre commands could change.
From left to right: Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, Army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Navy chief Karambir Singh and Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

What are military theatre commands and why does India want to switch to them

A proposal is being discussed to have 5 unified or theatre commands that will help in better planning & military response, and aim to have unified approach to fighting any future war.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Combined Graduation Parade at Airforce Academy in Dundigal, in Hyderabad | ANIPix

Raising theatre commands can’t be left to the military. It’s a govt’s job all over the world

The government made a fundamental error of judgement by making the CDS first among equals and not senior by rank/appointment to the Service Chiefs.
Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

Expert panel to fine tune military theaterisation plan after stakeholders differ on key issues

The big dilemma facing the govt and the armed forces is whether theatre commands, which call for a joint war strategy, should be country-specific or based on challenges.
Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

More midair refuellers, UAVs — Bhadauria explains how IAF is bracing for new nature of war

In an interview to ThePrint, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria says the IAF is not in favour of ‘rigid theaterisation’ as it will divide already scarce IAF combat assets and effort.
Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Western & Eastern naval commands to merge into Peninsular Command, says CDS Gen Bipin Rawat

Theatre commands, which will include personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Force, will be rolled out by 2022, said General Bipin Rawat.
File image of Sunil Lanba | Twitter

Indian military divided on integration, but air force chefs are learning from Navy school

Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said the three services were moving towards jointness, but remained divided on the proposal for integrated theatre commands.
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Minister says ‘jointness dear to PM’s heart’. IAF tells us why theatre command not workable

An IAF position paper instead recommends strengthening of joint operations command.
Farmers sort their onion crop | Representational image: ANI

India can’t afford a hurried resolution on MSP demand. It can cause chaos, long-term damage

A guaranteed MSP can be a procurement scheme, a price deficiency payment option, or a combination of both. What could be the implications for govt and the market?
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

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