Tuesday, 4 October, 2022
TopicIntegrated Theatre Commands (ITC)

Topic: Integrated Theatre Commands (ITC)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Beneficiaries of the PM-GKAY PDS centre in Odisha | Representational image | ANI

Free grains, fuel tax deferred – Gujarat, HP on its mind, Modi govt puts politics over economy

RBI's rate hike also among decisions announced last week that might pay political dividends in state polls, but could come with commensurate economic costs, say economists.

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The LCH is designed with stealth features such as reduced visual, aural, radar and infrared signatures | Photo: IAF

Prachand, India’s new Light Combat Helicopter, doesn’t yet have main arsenal or protection suite

IAF inducted new helicopter Monday, but it'll get anti-tank guided missile only by mid-2023, while air-to-air missiles haven't yet been ordered, it is learnt.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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