Rajnath Singh announces setting up of Tri-Services Joint Theatre Command

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 24 July announced the establishment of a joint theatre command of the three services to enhance coordination among the armed forces.

Important facts

  • Keeping in view the joint operation seen in Operation Vijay in Kargil, the government has decided to set up a Joint Theatre Command.

  • The Kargil war underlined the dire need to achieve jointness and self-reliance in the defence sector.

  • The establishment of a 'Joint Theatre Command' is one of the steps being taken to achieve self-reliance in defence.

About Joint Theatre Command System

  • The objective of the 'Theatre Command System' is to bring about synergistic coordination among the three branches of the Armed Forces.

  • Its objective is to bring different commands for Army, Navy, Air Force under a single command under the leadership of a single Commander.

  • In addition to operational synergies, theatre command systems would also contribute to more streamlined costs and a combat force.

  • In addition, theatre command systems are intended to focus more on resource allocation and help reduce redundancy.

Joint services commands in India

  • There are two joint services commands in India, one is Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) and the second is Strategic Forces Command (SFC). 

  • Established in 2001, the ANC is based in Port Blair and is headed by officers of the three services in turn.

  • The command covers India's strategic interests in Southeast Asia and the Straits of Malacca.

Theatre commands in other countries

  • The United States was the first country to implement a theatre command system with six geographic and four functional commands

  • Russia also started with the reorganization of its defence forces in 2008 and has four theatre commands.

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