Wednesday, 30 November, 2022
TopicJoint theatre commands

Topic: joint theatre commands

Here’s how India’s political and military class can see eye to eye on tri-Service integration

Tri-Service integration is part of transforming Indian armed forces. PM Modi and Rajnath Singh must catch the bull by the horns and assume full responsibility.

IAF chief against Air Defence Command without offensive abilities, calls it ‘ineffective’

Speaking at Centre for Joint Warfare Studies seminar, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said air power characteristics which give planner freedom to swing roles must be capitalised on.

Why setting up integrated theatre commands should not be rushed — former service chiefs explain

Former Navy chief Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd), former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Fali H. Major (Retd) and former defence secretary NN Vohra were among the experts debating the theaterisation process.

Army commando who rescued Himachal tourists from dangling cable car now teaches Math in Australia

In a demonstration of integration possibilities between Army & IAF, a Para commando, his colleagues & IAF pilots rescued 10 stranded cable car passengers in Himachal in 1992.

Army must ditch ‘superiority’ mindset. Distrust, animosity will only hamper military reforms

CDS Gen Bipin Rawat laid claims to superiority on behalf of the Army, because he believes it is ultimately all about control of territory. This mindset needs to be disparaged.

There’s more to IAF than just being ‘supporting arm’, CDS & Chiefs must make a fresh start

The Air Force, in theatre command set-up, must have an overriding lien over the resources that may be allocated to other theatres on as required basis.

IAF has speed & flexibility but few assets. Theatre commands could limit it

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

India’s theaterisation being driven by a 1930s mindset. Can’t treat IAF as artillery

The world can’t be seeing the Indian Armed Forces fighting domain projection and protection battles and washing linen in public.

Will IAF just support Army in new theatres? CDS Rawat says yes, but air chief says no in public

CDS Gen Rawat labels IAF as supporting arm to ground forces — likening it to roles of artillery, engineers in Army. But ACM Bhadauria says air power has a huge role to play in battle areas.

PMO can help theatre command take off by finding a politician with defence background

The grave diggers of the theatre command system have won the current round and the political leadership has failed to discern the nature of the issues.

On Camera

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People gather for a vigil and hold white sheets of paper in protest over coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, during a commemoration of the victims of a fire in Urumqi, as outbreaks of COVID-19 continue, in Beijing, China | Thomas Peter, Reuters

China protests a ‘grey rhino’ moment for Xi Jinping. And it will only get stronger

Chinese agitators aren’t shying away from connecting demands to lift Covid restrictions with broader political appeals.
A computer shop in Bengaluru | Representational image | Facebook

India’s laptop imports surged to $5 bn in first 9 months of 2022. Nearly 73% came from China

Since 2017, China has accounted for around 75 per cent of India’s laptop imports, but the government is now expanding its list of importing partners.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.