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Integration of armed forces is inevitable, says Army Chief MM Naravane

The Army said in a statement that General Naravane “spoke on a number of issues concerning integration, theaterisation and modernisation of the armed forces in general and the Indian Army in particular”.
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Army Chief General M M Naravane. (Express Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Addressing the officers of the Higher Defence Management Command at the College of Defence Management (CDM), Army Chief General M M Naravane called the creation of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) and appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) a “momentous” decision and said the next logical step would be the creation of integrated theatre commands.

The Army said in a statement that General Naravane “spoke on a number of issues concerning integration, theaterisation and modernisation of the armed forces in general and the Indian Army in particular”.
According to the statement, he called the government’s decision to appoint the CDS and create the DMA “momentous” and said the services needed to “demonstrate great wisdom and statesmanship in enabling the CDS, a long-standing demand of the Armed Forces”.

Naravane said the next logical step in the process of defence reforms was the “formation of Integrated Theatre Commands to synergise the capabilities and combat potential of the three services during war and peace” and advised that this process will be “deliberate, thoughtful and well considered” and its fruition will take a “number of years”.

The statement mentioned that he said there was a need for everyone to work in a spirit of togetherness and trust with the national security interests being paramount, and cautioned that there might be a requirement for “mid-course corrections”.

Sounding an optimistic note about the future of integration of the armed forces, the statement said, he called it an “inevitability” as it would lead to “tri-services synergy” and optimisation of resources. The Army Chief also spoke about the current security scenario and focused on the geo-strategic implications on capability development and force utilisation of the Army in pursuit of national interests, the statement said.

The Army Chief visited the Bison Division in Secunderabad and was briefed by Major General Alok Joshi, General Officer Commanding, Bison Division on security and operational preparedness of the formation.
He “commended the formation for their high level of operational preparedness and exhorted all ranks to continue training hard…”.
 

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So this is where the cutting of pomp and show, came from.

The army needs to be more professional & not get carried away by ceremonials: Chief Naravane

New Chief of Army Staff Gen. M.M. Naravane says chiefs of all three armed forces ‘feel strongly that ceremonials and pomp are meant only for special occasions’.

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Army chief General M.M. Naravane | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
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New Delhi: Army chief General M.M. Naravane Friday took a stern stand on elaborate military functions and protocols, saying the Army needs to be more professional in its approach and not get “carried away by ceremonials”.

He said the chiefs of all the three armed forces — Army, Navy and Air Force — are on the same page in this regard.

“Definitely, there is a lot of scope for cutting down on ceremonials. The ceremonials have their own place and role in military ethos and traditions. There are days meant for pomp and pageantry like Army Day, Republic Day,” Naravane said while speaking to a group of journalists at the Army headquarters in the national capital.

Naravane, who took charge as the 28th Chief of Army Staff on 31 December, said there is no need for red carpet and flags during a military exercise.

“We need to be more professional in our approach and not be carried away by these ceremonials,” he said.
“All the three service chiefs are on the common page on this and feel strongly that ceremonials and pomp are meant only for special occasions,” Naravane added.

‘Army has a special bond with its veterans’
Naravane also said the Army shares a special bond with its veterans and that there is no friction between them.

“One or two random incidents should not skew the relations,” he said.

Naravane mentioned that his first commanding officer came to meet him on 31 December, the day he took office.

“Imagine, my commanding officer came. He was proud that his second lieutenant had become the Army chief. This is the bond that the Army has with the veterans,” he said
 

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Watch: Indian Army, Navy And Air Force Conduct Special Forces Exercise In A&N Islands Amid Tensions With China



Watch: Indian Army, Navy And Air Force Conduct Special Forces Exercise In A&N Islands Amid Tensions With China

Bull Strike Exercise

The Andaman and Nicobar Command, India’s only tri-service command, conducted a military exercise in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The exercise involved forces from the Andaman and Nicobar Command, elements from the Indian Army’s Parachute Brigade, Navy’s marine commandos (MARCOS) warships, and aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
Called Bull Strike, it was held at the remote island called Teressa, located in the southern part of Andaman and Nicobar island chain.

As part of this exercise, Para commandos were flown in from the mainland on a C-130J transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
Para commandos flown in from the mainland on an IAF C-130J.

Para commandos flown in from the mainland on an IAF C-130J.

Forces demonstrated amphibious landing capabilities as part of the exercise.
Watch: Indian Army, Navy And Air Force Conduct Special Forces Exercise In A&N Islands Amid Tensions With China


The exercise was held between 3 and 5 November.
Watch: Indian Army, Navy And Air Force Conduct Special Forces Exercise In A&N Islands Amid Tensions With China


This development comes at a time when India is holding the Malabar Naval Exercise with the US, Japan and Australia. The first phase of the Malabar Exercise concluded on 5 November in the Bay of Bengal. The second phase will begin later this month in the Arabian Sea. The naval exercise has brought the Quad countries together for a wargame for the first time in over a decade.

Both these exercises are significant as tensions between India and China are worsening over the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh.

Beijing’s ties with the US, Australia and Japan are also under strain due to its aggressive military posture in the South China Sea, trade issues, and efforts to block investigations into the origin of Covid-19.
 

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Watch: Indian Army, Navy And Air Force Conduct Special Forces Exercise In A&N Islands Amid Tensions With China
Watch: Indian Army, Navy And Air Force Conduct Special Forces Exercise In A&N Islands Amid Tensions With China

Bull Strike Exercise

The Andaman and Nicobar Command, India’s only tri-service command, conducted a military exercise in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The exercise involved forces from the Andaman and Nicobar Command, elements from the Indian Army’s Parachute Brigade, Navy’s marine commandos (MARCOS) warships, and aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
Called Bull Strike, it was held at the remote island called Teressa, located in the southern part of Andaman and Nicobar island chain.

As part of this exercise, Para commandos were flown in from the mainland on a C-130J transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
Para commandos flown in from the mainland on an IAF C-130J.

Para commandos flown in from the mainland on an IAF C-130J.

Forces demonstrated amphibious landing capabilities as part of the exercise.
Watch: Indian Army, Navy And Air Force Conduct Special Forces Exercise In A&N Islands Amid Tensions With China


The exercise was held between 3 and 5 November.
Watch: Indian Army, Navy And Air Force Conduct Special Forces Exercise In A&N Islands Amid Tensions With China


This development comes at a time when India is holding the Malabar Naval Exercise with the US, Japan and Australia. The first phase of the Malabar Exercise concluded on 5 November in the Bay of Bengal. The second phase will begin later this month in the Arabian Sea. The naval exercise has brought the Quad countries together for a wargame for the first time in over a decade.

Both these exercises are significant as tensions between India and China are worsening over the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh.

Beijing’s ties with the US, Australia and Japan are also under strain due to its aggressive military posture in the South China Sea, trade issues, and efforts to block investigations into the origin of Covid-19.
Why can’t we do a proper PR like China?
 

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Ashely Tellis on Indian Armed Forces as published in US Army War College Compendium.

https://carnegieendowment.org/files/India_-_Capable_but_Constrained.pdf
Thanks for posting:

Interesting section from above:

"
Two other realities shape the Indian Army’s large
force size. First, given the trauma surrounding the
country’s independence, which resulted in the partition
of the subcontinent, India’s political leaders since have
insisted their armed forces lose no further territory
in the event of conflict. The huge territorial claims
levied by Pakistan and China over the years have only reinforced this sentiment. The political requirement that no Indian territory be lost has compelled the Indian Army to defend the country’s vast frontiers
l inearly, packing the front with numerous combat
formations intended to parry any adversary thrusts
that might result in significant territorial losses. The inability to trade space for operational effectiveness.

has thus prevented the Indian Army from generally
prosecuting large-scale campaigns of maneuver.
Instead, the army plans for wars of attrition in which
large forces deployed along virtually continuous
fronts are employed to grind down their opponents in
set-piece battles that put a premium on numerical and
firepower superiority.
The other reason the Indian Army has ended up
with huge military forces is the enlisted manpower
that forms the bulk of the army’s infantry formations
is drawn mainly from rural India. Although recruits
have completed high school and are trained to rigorous
standards upon joining the service, they are most
proficient in infantry operations that involve either
holding territorial objectives or mounting prepared
advances on the battlefield. The officer corps of the
Indian Army is also highly conservative and appears
to be comfortable with methodical and deliberate
operations. The constrained defense budgets have
only reinforced the army’s proclivity for attrition
operations because the army could not invest heavily
in alternatives to light infantry.
In all of its wars with Pakistan, only once did
the Indian Army demonstrate the capacity for deep-
maneuver warfare. In East Pakistan in 1971, "




Interesting points. Don't agree 100% but issues raised above merit a discussion.

As an alternative Israel is a country that has a smaller military that open faces multiple larger military threats BUT how much does the alliance with Uncle Sam help?

Also we are the ONLY country that has conflicts with 2 peer powers on our borders with nuclear weapons.

How much of attrition warfare is to ensure little loss of territory for us or Opfor so that shit dome go nuclear ?
 

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Created a new thread to make a repository for Literature on Indian Military, idea is that even though we find literature now and then, they get lost in the thread discussions, this way there will be a single source for Military enthusiasts here at DFI.
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