new Delhi: Army Chief General MM Narwane said on Wednesday that the next step in military reforms after the appointment of the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) would be to establish an integrated theater command to coordinate the capabilities of the three Army wings during war and peace.
General Narwane also said that the process of setting up theater command will be considered and it will take some years to get results. The Army chief was speaking at a program at the Defense Management College, Secunderabad.
He said that there is a need for everyone to work in a spirit of solidarity and trust in national security interests is very important. Narwane said that he is hopeful about the integration of the armed forces in the future which is mandatory.
In his address, the Army Chief expressed his views on various issues including the integration of armed forces, setting up theater command and modernization. According to a release issued by the Army, Narwane said that after the appointment of CDS in the defense reform process, the next important step would be to establish an integrated theater command to coordinate the capabilities of the three Army wings during war and peace.
The government appointed General Bipin Rawat as CDS on 31 December last year. General Narwane's remarks come at a time when the Army and Air Force are constantly working together as part of preparations to deal with the ongoing deadlock with China in East Ladakh.
To establish theater command is to rationalize manpower and resources by bringing a certain number of personnel from all the three wings of the army under a collective commander with joint military approach.
According to the plan, each theater command would have units of the Army, Air Force and Navy and all of them would work under a commander to deal with security challenges in a specific geographical area. At present, the Army, Air Force and Navy have separate command.