In­creas­ing ‘Joint­ness’

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As per Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s di­rec­tions for in­creas­ing joint­ness in the armed forces, the three Ser­vices chiefs have re­port­edly met to dis­cuss the in­te­gra­tion of some fa­cil­i­ties for train­ing in in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing and han­dling mil­i­tary com­mu­ni­ca­tions and lo­gis­tics. The rec­om­men­da­tions were sub­mit­ted to the de­fence min­istry by the Lt Gen DB Shekatkar Com­mit­tee and the MoD has re­port­edly cleared a large num­ber of th­ese rec­om­men­da­tions and sent th­ese to the three ser­vices for fur­ther im­ple­men­ta­tion.

In this con­text, the Com­mit­tee has sug­gested that there should be joint train­ing schools for the three ser­vices where per­son­nel can be trained jointly for bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion in the fu­ture. Be­sides,there will be the es­tab­lish­ment of a Joint Ser­vices War Col­lege for mid­dlelevel of­fi­cers even as there are three separate war col­leges cur­rently, at Mhow, Se­cun­der­abad and Goa, for the Army, Air Force and the Navy re­spec­tively.

As for the pro­posal to ap­point a per­ma­nent Chair­man, Chiefs of Staffs Com­mit­tee,this too was “mov­ing ahead steadily”while the Com­mit­tee has also sug­gested “op­ti­mis­ing” non-com­bat sup­port arms in the army such as the sup­ply corps, ord­nance and elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neers.

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